The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

What daily rituals will produce positive change for you? Learn about the x-factor these outstanding entrepreneurs share that propels them towards greatness—extraordinary habits.


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What daily rituals will produce positive change for you? Learn what these outstanding entrepreneurs share an x-factor that propels them towards greatness—extraordinary habits

  • Keep a Strict Schedule to Get the Most out of Every Day
    • Ben Franklin set a strict daily routine for eating, sleeping, and working
      • Founding Father, scientist, inventor, farmer, political revolutionary
      • Followed 13-week self-improvement plans where he focused on one virtue per week and cycled through the plan 4X a year
      • Elon Musk schedules his entire day in 5-minute blocks
      • Founder, CEO, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., worth $20.5 billion
      • Squeeze the most out of every day by thinking logistically
        • Monday/Thursday devoted to SpaceX, Tuesday/Wednesday at Tesla, and Fridays are split between both
      • Mark Zuckerberg wears the same t-shirt, pants, and hoody every day
      • Cofounder, CEO, and chairman of Facebook, worth $72 billion
        • Minimizing day-to-day choices by making as few decisions as possible leaves time for the most important ideas

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”—Aristotle

  • Read (a Lot of) Books to Gain Knowledge from Other Overachievers
  • Entrepreneurs look to learn, not to be entertained
    • Read for self-improvement, education, and success
    • Autobiographies and biographies are great for guidance and inspiration
    • Warren Buffett spends about 80% of his day reading
      • CEO Berkshire Hathaway, worth $85.7 billion
      • Read 600-1,000 pages/day when starting his investment career
    • Bill Gates reads 50 books per year
      • CEO, Chairman of Microsoft, worth $90.3 billion
      • Almost one book a week is very doable—try it
    • Oprah Winfrey started Oprah’s Book Club which has recommended 70 books since 1996
      • Chairwoman, CEO, and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, worth $2.8 billion
      • Oprah Winfrey began reading at 3 years old and never stopped

“Books were my pass to personal freedom.”Oprah Winfrey

  • Exercise to Stay Productive and Creative Throughout the Day
  • Regular exercise increases your productivity, creativity, and energy levels
  • Improves your ability to solve problems
  • Teaches you to push through barriers
    • Richard Branson wakes up at 5 a.m. to kite surf, swim, or play tennis
    • Founder of Virgin Group, worth $5.1 billion
      • Claims gets an extra 4-hours of productivity a day from regular exercise
    • Tyra Banks stays fiercely real by keeping it fun
    • Supermodel, businesswoman, actress, & author
    • Recommends working out to entertainment that inspires you to make exercise a habit
    • Mark Cuban does an hour of cardio 6-7 days a week
    • Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, worth $3.3 billion
      • Plays basketball and takes kickboxing and other aerobic classes

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”—Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford University commencement speech

  • Possess a Strong, Positive, and Flexible Mindset
    • Sheryl Sandberg
      • Facebook COO, Lean In Foundation Founder, author, & activist
      • “We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
      • Teaches women to empower themselves by leaning in professionally to obtain leadership positions
    • Steve Jobs asked himself the same question every morning
      • Cofounder and CEO of Apple, worth $10.2 billion when he died
      • “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”
      • Saying “no” too often, means something needs to change
    • Thomas Edison championed the benefits of failure
      • Greatest American inventor, held 1,093 patents
      • “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.”
      • Learned from failure and pushed the boundaries of innovation until he found a solution
    • Peter Thiel often asks others, “Why can’t you accomplish your 10-year plan in the next six months?”
      • Paypal co-founder, venture capitalist, and author, worth $2.5 billion
      • Believes in staying “lean” or “unplanned,” as entrepreneurship is about experimentation

What daily rituals will produce positive change for you?

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