Success comes in many forms. From innovative tech CEOs, legendary sports stars to life-saving surgeons, we’ve investigated the daily habits of wealthy people around Australia and the world to discover a method to their greatness.
Turns out, these people all have something in common – and it’s probably more simple than you think.
We’ve compiled a list of seven daily habits of wealthy people around the world to give you an idea of how they achieve success.
1. They get active
Working out every day isn’t just a recipe for success for professional sports people. Improving your health and fitness can benefit your bank account too.
Exercising daily does wonders for your brain health. It improves memory, minimises stress and boosts productivity.
Studies show exercise has the power to heighten productivity and creativity for up to two hours. A triple shot coffee can’t even do that.
Some of the wealthiest people around Australia have spoken out about the benefits of exercise. CEO of Changing Habits, Cyndi O’Meara, told Business Insider that daily exercise stimulates her mind and body.
You don’t have to be a pro athlete to get moving. Start with whatever physical activity you enjoy most, and start doing more of it!
2. They read, a lot
Reading is great for your brain, not to mention you’ll learn something new.
One of the world’s wealthiest and most successful businesswomen, Oprah Winfrey, chooses one book a month for her book club members to read and discuss.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is believed to read 50 books a year while Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged to finish a book every two weeks.
Linked to memory improvement, reduced stress, stronger analytical thinking skills, and improved concentration and focus, reading is a remarkable tool for mental stimulation.
It also improves writing skills, knowledge, and expands the vocabulary.
Want to get ahead in your industry? Immerse yourself in it. Read books, blogs, news articles, and studies related to your field for maximum results.
3. They take ‘me-time’ seriously
Don’t have any time for yourself? Too busy building your empire to have a break? You could be doing yourself more harm than good.
Taking the time to stop and relax alone every day is vital for maintaining a healthy, happy mind and ultimately, helps achieve goals.
Big names such as Rupert Murdoch, Bill Ford, and Russell Simmons have praised meditation as a leading factor towards their success.
However, if you are yet to master the art of meditation, simply taking 10-15 minutes alone with your thoughts may also do the trick.
If it’s 10 minutes every morning with a cup of tea, or 15 minutes outside on your lunch break, being alone to reflect on your thoughts and replenish your energy will put you a mental step ahead when you get back to your desk.
4. They wake up early
Waking up with the sun (or before) makes you feel one step ahead of the rest of the world still snoozing in bed.
Early risers tend to be healthier, happier and more proactive.
It gives you the time to exercise, enjoy some quiet time, visualise your daily goals, and tick off things on your to-do list, making the day ahead feel like your oyster.
The important thing to remember is to get enough sleep. Getting the sleep you need and waking up naturally is vital for our mood, energy, fitness, appetite, concentration, relationships, and of course, work performance.
Want to make sure you’re getting enough sleep? Try going to bed at the same time every night and document the time you rise. To wake up earlier, go to bed half an hour earlier each week until you naturally wake up at the desired time every morning.
5. They write down their goals
So much to do yet don’t know where to start? Start with a to-do list. Physically writing out the things you need to do is like giving yourself a mental kick-start.
Consider it a brain dump. Unleash the mental fog of chores floating around your head by ‘dumping’ it on paper. Once it’s written down, it gives you time to simply focus on the jobs ahead, step by step.
Plus, the satisfaction that comes along with ticking off a job will give you a dose of motivation to start the next one.
6. They spend time outdoors
The great outdoors comes with great health benefits. Being boxed inside all day can make you feel just that—boxed in. Unleash your creativity and expand your horizons by walking outside.
Spending time with nature reduces stress and anxiety, puts you in a better mood, increases concentration, self-esteem, creativity, and helps support a healthy mind.
Try and make your morning commute to work as calming and stress-free as possible by walking or cycling. If distance makes public transport or driving your only option, try using your lunch break to go for a walk outside.
Also, instead of sitting at your desk all day, go outside to meet with clients, customers or business partners face to face. You’ll build better relationships and reap the benefits of breaking free from the screen.
7. They never give up
It may sound like a cliché, but it’s the number one formula to success.
Do you really think successful sports stars, CEOs and entrepreneurs were handed a seven-figure paycheck after one attempt of achieving greatness?
The legendary Australian golfer and entrepreneur, Greg Norman, once said, “I am a winner. I just didn’t win today.”
Not every day will be a winner. Big goals come with big challenges, and the successful people are the ones who are willing to work towards overcoming those hurdles.
When you are faced with defeat, you have two choices: accept it, or find another way around it. The choice is yours.