The secret to achieving massive entrepreneurial success? Well. First of all, Tech7Starter's Launcher program accompanies entrepreneurs in their first steps of developing their promising ideas into ventures! But aside from random luck, much of what makes some people successful involves adoption of certain habits. Learning what these habits are and how to employ them in your own life is worthwhile.
1. They Wake Up (Very) Early
Sorry night owls, but it seems like the time you wake up does matter. Jack Doresy, CEO of Twitter wakes up at 5:00. Apple CEO Tim Cook, for example, emerges from underneath the covers at 3:45 to go through his email before going to the gym at 5:00, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi wakes up at 4:00 and is in the office by 7:00. Apparently, studies prove that sleep inertia —that period between "just woke up" brain fog and full wakefulness — can last anywhere from between two to four hours. So if you're rolling out of bed at 8:30 to get to work at 9, chances are, you're not going to arrive ready to do your best work. Getting up early gives your body a chance to reach peak wakefulness naturally !
2. They Use Spare Time Wisely
AKA, learn something new or read, don't stare at your phone.
Long before he became the CEO of Tesla, and even before he cofounded PayPal, a young Elon Musk was reading science-fiction novels for up to 10 hours a day.
He still credits a love of books for his vast knowledge about rockets. When asked how he knew so much about them, he said he read all about them in books.
Bill Gates starts every day with a 30 minute treadmill walk while watching video lectures!
The version for mortals like us ? Bring along a book on train rides, listen to podcasts when driving, or learn a language from a TV show.
3. They Start With the Important Stuff
“I try to fill my calendar in reverse, from the end-of-day to earlier; I try to reserve the morning for doing ‘real work.’ I find I can focus more in the morning, whereas it’s harder to get focused after having been bombarded by meetings, so I try to save meetings for later in the day.” — Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of Airbnb
According to research, for most people the morning is the most productive time of the day. In the morning, your brain has sufficient energy for cognitively demanding tasks that require intense focus, deep thinking and problem-solving. Also, it feels good when you are left with easier tasks as the day goes by!
4. They Self-Reflect
Every morning, Steve Jobs would look in the mirror and ask himself, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?” If he responded ‘no’ too many days in a row, he knew something needed to change. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey meditates every single day, and Oprah reads five inspirational quotes every morning while she waits for her coffee. She says it's "a beautiful way to start the day" and, trust me, I believe her.
5. They Save Their Decision-Making Skill for Important Decisions
You have a limited amount of willpower to use every day. If you “waste” it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, what to eat or which way to take to go to work, you will have less of it left for the decisions that can really make a difference in your personal or business life. Mark Zuckerburg chooses to wear the same thing every day- his famous uniform of a grey t-shirt and jeans- for that reason exactly. He doesn't want to waste decision-making on what to wear in the morning. #LifeHacks
6. They Reserve a Relaxation Day
All work and no play just doesn't work! But the right way to do it is to schedule in advance specific time frames regularly so it's easier to devote the rest of the time for work for full on productivity. Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon is known to keep Tuesdays and Thursdays completely meeting-free. Find the kind of downtime that fits you best and go with it- maybe you feel as though you don’t get outside enough, so make that one scheduled downtime session per week is exercise, hiking, or at least sitting in the backyard. Maybe you need to spend more time with your family or maybe you need to block the whole world out and Netflix binge, to each their own.