On this blog, my passion is to help people create the life of their dreams and usually that means changing how we currently think of the important aspects of our lives, and also our habits.
We are absolutely the accumulation of our past efforts and thoughts, and our daily habits can change and alter our course and direction in life very quickly.
I’m always fascinated to learn how highly successful people manage their days, and usually you will start to see similar patterns emerge that we can follow too.
Recently I have been inspired to look a little deeper into what people do with their time, we all have the same 24 hours a day after all, and see what makes the top 5% different.
In this video, you can see exactly how I got on applying these “billionaire habits” for 5 days, and the change it made to my life.
// Let’s think about why daily habits matter
Billionaires like Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Arianna Huffington and Bill Gates do things every day that help focus their passion, increase their productivity and creativity, and align themselves with their goals.
Goal setting really changes your life in a huge way, and directs you to focus on what truly matters.
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Here are some interesting daily habits of Billionaires that you can absolutely try in your own life and watch the changes it will make to your mindset and positivity.
Not only that, but just watch as it starts to open up more exciting possibilities to you and your day.
// Get up early around 5am – Richard Branson
It’s an easy one but as you look into highly successful people and the most common shared daily habit, it is usually they tend to get up earlier than the normal person to focus on their key life changing habits first.
According to a study by Thomas C. Corley, the author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, 50% of billionaires wake up three hours before their workday.
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, who rises at 5:45 a.m. to exercise and Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, reportedly wakes up at five a.m. every day to meditate and exercise to name but a few.
// Reading for one hour a day – Bill Gates
There is a famous quote from President Harry Truman who stated
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
You will see repetitively that most of the self-made million and billionaires are readers, and spend most of their free time dedicated to reading and keeping up to date with either their field of expertise or wider topics.
Elon Musk was asked how he learned to build rockets, he reportedly answered, “I read books.”
Bill Gates is our example here, where he is reported to read at least one book every week achieving at least one hour a day.
Oprah Winfrey credits books with much of her success: “Books were my pass to personal freedom.” She has shared her reading habit with the world via her book club.
Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours a day.
Billionaire entrepreneur David Rubenstein reads six books a week.
A really simple way to start reading is of course to set aside around 15-20 mins a day in the morning as part of your wake up routine.
I personally love reading and it has truly changed my life since I focused on reading Non-ficition books in the past few years.
In fact, it has changed my life so much, that I credit that daily habit solely for this blog and the intention to help others achieve financial and time freedom.
Stuck for suggestions of where to start reading?
Check out this blog post and also a few of my Youtube channel videos you might enjoy to get you started on a Personal Development Journey.
// Get some sleep – Arianna Huffington
“Sleep your way to the top,” says Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.
Not in the way you might be thinking but Arianna Huffington gets the prescribed 8 hours of sleep every night, and believes that the more we sleep, the better we can work towards our goals.
“Our creativity, ingenuity, confidence, leadership, and decision-making can all be enhanced simply by getting enough sleep,” she says.
She discovered this life changing habit after burning herself into the ground from exhaustion and over work, and realised that she was putting her own needs second to her work and business.
When she had a nasty accident at work, at her own desk no less, she decided enough was enough.
It is better to sleep solidly for a few hours than have broken bursts of sleep of course, and focus should be also made to make sure you prepare yourself for sleep as much as possible to fully restore your mind.
A wonderful book on the topic of Rest, states that we must start to treat sleep and rest as equal important components of work and hard play in order to reach success in our lives.
Personally I know that I perform best during the day ahead if I have a great night’s sleep, which is hard for a Mum of two young children.
However, what I do know for sure is that when my children get a solid sleep from 7.30pm to 6.30am onwards without any wakeups during the night, they perform better at school and we are all refreshed.
// Meditate to calm down your thoughts – Oprah Winfrey
Meditation is credited for allowing Oprah, Arianna Huffington and many other billionaires with the clear focus, relaxation and improved sleep that many successful people need to perform at their best each day.
It is very common knowledge that what you think about shapes your future, and you can read more about a concept called The Law of Attraction for future reading on this.
Oprah’s meditation practice is about being still for a period of time to get in tune with your authentic self.
She tries to consistently meditate for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening and is a huge believer in the practice.
Oprah’s advice for anyone trying to start is to start small first of all and increase as your confidence increases.
For anyone new to meditation, it will no doubt see strange at first but you will start to notice that you are calmer and able to concentrate easily on any situations in the day you face.
// Exercise daily – Mark Cuban & Dwayne Johnston
Mark Cuban is a very famous Entrepreneur and Billionaire who you can regularly see as one of the “Sharks” on the US program “Shark Tank” (similar to our Dragen’s Den in the UK) where entrepreneurs seek out investments for their new start up companies.
He is currently worth $3.3bn and sticks to an hour of cardio six days a week, roughly one hour each day.
As inspiring as that is, he comments that he fits his business and fitness around his children first, and aims to not miss an important family event.
I particularly also love Dwayne Johnston’s (The Rock) comment that he “works out twice before everyone wakes up” as the secret to his Film and Wrestling career, and it certainly seems to be working for him in terms of personal success and character.
He sees as his main goal to be “fit for film” every day of the year if possible, and his drive for maintaining this balance of fitness and mentality.
// My results
If you follow my instagram you will know that recently I have been highly motivated to start my day earlier and will purpose.
Whenever I have attempted to start my day early, before the kids wake up at half 6am, I had always found it a struggle and really believe it was because I didn’t have anything to look forward to on that wake up time.
With these habits though, I quickly found that when I got up I was excited to get started with my day as I knew I would feel better and ready for the day as a result.
There is also something wonderful at charging full steam ahead first at your main goals of keeping fit and healthy, and happy, and seeing the change in mindset once I had completed a few days into the new practices was amazing.
Here is a sample of my routine I followed:
- Wake up at 4.45am on weekdays
- Pick up workout clothes, head downstairs
- Drink a large glass of water, dress for gym
- Head out to our garage gym for approximately 5am
- 15 mins of Kettle bells, stretches and yoga
- 5-10 mins of Cycling
- 15-20 mins of Meditation and Affirmations
- 15-20 mins of Gratitude and Reading
- Wake up the kids around 6.45am and start my day with a shower and dress
// Fancy giving it a go too?
I love the quote “Normal actions gets normal results”.
All that is required here is setting that alarm for 30-60 mins earlier than normal and setting a plan for your extra time before you go to bed.
Then it’s all about making it happen once you wake up.
No excuses until you make it a habit and love it.
Sometimes we have to shake up our daily habits to discover something far greater for our mind and body, and I have no doubt that the habits from these successful people mentioned are habits that can change anyone’s life for the better.
It will bring greater clarity for your day, greater joy knowing you are achieving important goals before you even get started in your normal day, and more energy.
It will most likely be painful at the very start to change a set routine of sleeping till your normal time and running out the door to work, but the results of even 5 days effort are huge and life changing for me to make me want to continue it.
I have found I achieve more in the areas that are important to me such as my family and business, and more good things keep appearing in my life as a result.
Why not give it a go for the next five days, and see what you think?