You may think that behind the success of highly successful people are times filled with stress and other sacrifices that they give out to create their success stories. Yet, it is actually the other way around. Highly successful people are less stressed, happier, and even more productive! There are many successful people around the world but let’s look into the world’s top 20 richest people, from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon to Michael Bloomberg, the co-founder of Bloomberg L.P. Each of them has their own stories — be it a rags to riches story, a sudden Eureka! moment, or inheritance — but reportedly, all of them have a morning routine that they follow through. This may be because being founders, co-owners, heads of successful enterprises means they undoubtedly have heavy duties and responsibilities to do. While their routines may sound like an ordinary person doing ordinary things, each task that they dedicate themselves to says a lot about themselves and their success.
Breakdown of the morning routine of success:
1. Wake up early, like really early.
Jeff Bezos, the topnotcher in the success list said, “I go to bed early, I get up early.” Indeed, even with thousands of employees on their hands, with tasks after tasks, decisions after decisions, getting enough sleep and rest isn’t something that successful people compromise. Bezos further states that this is important to be able to be effective at making decisions even when it can be tough for him traveling in different time zones or when he’s in his most focused zone of making decisions, he still adheres to it. Other CEOs, like Apple CEO Tim Cook, are known to wake up at 3:45AM! Beyond focusing on taking proper care of the body well, waking up early gives the person more control of their own time and have more opportunities that matter to them.
If you plan to do this and aim to develop into a morning person, start with waking up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. Make the adjustment gradually to make sure you’ll be able to successfully develop it as a habit.
2. Read, read, and read!
Be it may be reading for leisure, or for personal improvement, it is a commonality in the routines of successful people. Take Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the world’s fourth richest person, he even has a section in his blog talking about the books he has read and recommends which are around 50 books per year. He never fails to set aside some time to hit the books and is famously known to be a voracious reader with an enormous library with numerous rare books, including Leonardo da Vinci’s famed, “Codex Leicester.” Bill Gates also reads the everyday headlines, but he’s never far from books of personal interest. Looking at his reading list, there is a common theme in the list — the pursuit of education over entertainment. To add to the list, Bill Gates’ dear friend and the sixth richest person, Warren Buffet, spends 80% of his time reading. Buffet once reportedly said, “Read 500 pages like this everyday. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Also, Buffet has stated that the amount of time he spends reading and thinking has helped him avoid making impulse decisions.
3. Get up and get moving.
While the sound of exercising may be too dreadful or tiring for others, it is still ultimately important and beneficial. Elon Musk, the second richest person in the world, said, “I wouldn’t exercise at all if I could,” although he still does such as lifting weights, running on the treadmill, and even dabbling in Taekwondo. Even if he doesn’t want to, Musk sees the benefits of getting a good sweat out of the day because exercising makes you think clearer, healthier, happier, as well as combating stress well.
It doesn’t have to be a very intense exercise regimen — from simple yoga to walking, these are helpful and doable and certainly better than doing nothing. Even with the busy and jam-packed schedules of these successful people, they still make time to get in an exercise routine, whether they personally like it or not.
They say the secret to enjoying life is to be happy. Well, successful people definitely acknowledge that. Whether it may be with regard to diet to exercise, self-care is something that comes next on the list of habits of those who are successful. It may sound like self-care involves a complex regimen and a highly disciplined lifestyle, but for Bill Gates, he simply strolls around his home and for Elon Musk, it’s showering for him that has had the largest positive impact on his life.
Tips on how to establish a routine:
Imagine yourself eating your favorite dish for 3 meals a day for an entire day, and going to the grocery and buying the same products everyday. Sounds quite easy, right? How about doing so for a week straight? Doable, but not as easy. Now, what about doing so for months? You may be bored or so sick of the same food that you’d break the streak. Routines themselves have a bad reputation for being hard to follow in the long run for some as they can get dull over time. But routines implemented in some aspects of your life to help maintain your physical and mental wellbeing are actually beneficial, especially during these times where our everyday lives, such as how we communicate and connect, are constantly changing.
With this, here are some tips for establishing and maintaining a routine.
1. Creating a schedule that works for YOU!
You may have seen “Day in the Life” routines by Youtubers and their routines certainly look tempting and perfect to follow right? Well, as much as their schedules look picture perfect, the schedule that you should create should be one that works for you. Establish a schedule that works for you and is able to take into factors around and important for you. If you don’t live alone, there might be a need for you to take into consideration the other people that you are constantly around with such as those in your household. You need to work your schedule that is doable for you and workable with other people and activities, such as household chores.
2. Setting a sleeping schedule and sticking to it.
It is easy to push back and shift around our usual sleeping schedule and back it up to a later time, then a later date, and then never being able to do it. Yet, nearly everyone asked from this interview has claimed that sticking to a regular sleep schedule has helped them feel better, become more productive during the day, and avoid the feeling of the day going by in a blur.
3. Having your hobbies.
Hobbies are activities you do in your spare time that bring you pure enjoyment. Hobbies can be anything and need not be something that you should be good at or what the majority of people have also as hobbies. In the end, it should be something that you enjoy doing and brings you joy.
All these actions seem small and not as significant. Some are even totally avoidable. But choosing to perform them would be an everyday choice that will give off great value in the end. Choosing and deciding to do them everyday will test and strengthen your willpower. It is in the little things that build the strength of successful people and making them succeed.