What does it take to become and remain a successful entrepreneur? From the outside, the best-known entrepreneurs appear to be “always on” – the poster children for society’s go-getters. These individuals are admired for their winning records and maximum productivity, and spectators are often left questioning, in awe and/or envy, just how they do it.
One doesn’t become a corporate star overnight, so what takes place for these leaders of industry day in and day out? When asked about daily habits, entrepreneurs tend to share similar behavioral patterns that lead to success in their careers and in life – the three R’s of entrepreneurial success.
It’s well-known that reading before bed can promote a better sleep. Correspondingly, reading in the morning can stimulate the mind and provide a healthy start to each day.
But do busy entrepreneurs have time to read? Yes, they make time to read.
“I start every morning by reading the trade publications in my industry. You have to stay current with whatever is happening in your sector, and doing this first thing in the morning gets the creative juices flowing for the rest of the day.” -Heather Mason, Founder and CEO of Caspian Agency
What industry publications will she read? Probably the same ones she read yesterday and today. Making time to read requires knowing how, what, and when to read. As with every daily task, it requires readiness.
Successful entrepreneurs know the night before the specifics of the following day. And they write it down. Taking an intentional ten minutes to write out tomorrow and make necessary adjustments based on the past 24 hours also puts the mind at ease for a more restful sleep.
“The daily ritual that helped me improve my productivity is to plan tomorrow, TODAY. As part of my night routine, I make a list of my tasks for tomorrow and plan how different appointments, meetings, and so on will all be held together.” – Peter Schoeman, The Dog Adventure
Sensing a theme here? This behavior isn’t natural. It takes conditioning to develop consistency. That’s why every successful person you know likely has implemented a daily routine, or as Schoeman calls it, a daily ritual.
With the ongoing stress of doing business, sliding off course can be effortless. But sticking to a solid routine goes hand in hand with productivity and success.
“Creating a routine has boosted my productivity more than ever before. Every morning and night I do the same tasks. … Every evening I have a separate routine … planning for tomorrow.” – Maulik Patel, founder and CEO of Click Matix
If you’re newly climbing the ladders of the business world, the three R’s are a good place to start. Incorporate intentional reading and relentless readiness in your daily routine, and you’ve taken the first steps on the climb to entrepreneurial victory.
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