“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.
“Don’t multi-task.” “Multi-tasking is so 2005,” says Tim Ferris, author of the best-selling book The 4-hour work week. Ferris believes multi-tasking on causes us stress, as it’s not something we can naturally do. Instead, he believes on focusing on one task at a time, which is the only way we can really do anything of quality, anyway.
“Stay active.” Vogue’s editor-in-chief is a die-hard tennis player, playing at least one-hour a day – which is impressive at 66-years of age. She believes an active body makes for an active mind. But at the very least, it’s a great way to negate the glass of wine and cheese platter from the night before.
“Prioritize what’s important,” is what the inventor of Apple believes has been crucial to his success. He also adds, “Things don’t have to change the world to be important,” emphasizing that it’s the small things that matter and often make a difference. Spending time with family and friends may not increase profits directly, but it’ll definitely balance your life, which in effect, will help you to become more profitable.
“Make time for hobbies,” says the world’s greatest investor. Warren Buffet believes that successful people are also interesting people. And hobbies are a great way to keep interesting. In his spare time, Buffet plays the ukulele.
“Practice stillness.” Oprah, who is Forbes’ most powerful celebrity, is a huge believer in meditation and mindfulness. Oprah does a minimum of 20 minutes of meditation a day. She says the effects help calm and ready her mind for making the most important and pressing decisions.
“Forget FOMO, embrace JOMO.” Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg media (who just so happens to be Mark Zuckerberg’s sister), says you need to ignore all the Fear Of Missing Out created by social media. Instead, you need to focus on the Joy Of Missing Out – which she believes, is the only way to appreciate where you are now. And to Randi, that’s critical as only from a place of gratitude for where you are, can you expand and grow from there.
“Take time to reflect.” Billionaire founder of Microsoft is a big believer in reflection. He says, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Gates makes reflection a weekly weekend practice, where he looks back on his mistakes, and sees what he could have done differently so that he can make better choices in the future.
“Get ready for the rest of the week.” Twitter and Square co-founder, Jack Dorsey lives for the weekend, not because he takes his Saturday’s off – which he does – but because he uses it to plan ahead for the next week. Once Monday comes around, Jack is prepared, which he believes reduces the time many spend trying to organize, and re-organize by those who start the week unprepared.
“Keep up the momentum.” Jay Z didn’t create a multi-million dollar empire by resting on his laurels. As the lyrics in one of his songs go, “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” Jay Z says he’s always looking to improve on what he’s already accomplished. That’s how he stays on top.
“Give back.” Yes, billionaire Branson believes that the key to receiving is giving. “It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas,” says Branson. So on the weekend, Sir Branson helps volunteer at community events, saying that it helps him to not only reduce stress, but more importantly, put things into perspective.
“Get up early.” Mr. Iger, CEO of Disney is a big believer in the whole “Early bird catches the worm,” thing. Mr. Iger says he’s up bright and early at 4:30am every morning because he knows, as research has shown, are brain’s are at their best two and a half hours to four hours right after waking up.
“Have a plan.” Our country’s founding father was apparently known for asking himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?” President Franklin didn’t believe in wasting a single day, and made sure he accomplished something – even if it was small.