As an entrepreneur myself, I have learnt nothing on my own but through books, mentors, teachers, movies & leaders in my line of business. And I must say adopting a few skills from an already established person helps you avoid already made mistakes. It’s like giving you the playbook to waste no more time on the basics but to now take advantage of persons already past your level. Learning the 5 daily habits of a successful entrepreneur would make you realize that nobody, & I mean nobody, made it by chance. There is always something to be learned on the road to success.
The more you learn, the more you earn. Young and progressive entrepreneurs that are new to the game need to take notes from leaders in the industry. Entrepreneurship is a problem solving craft and must be carried out well to attain success in the field. And not just in my opinion, but these daily habits of a successful entrepreneur may have been the reasons for their successes. Well, the only way to find out is to identify these habits and see if they could be applied in your daily activities.
5 Daily Habits
These are activities that could be called “rituals”, in the sense that they been made into a tradition for the entrepreneur. Although, sticking to a simple task of 5 daily habits, requires a lot of discipline. Discipline is key to getting your To-Do list carried out every day. If discipline is in effect then every other trait falls into place.
1) Have A To-Do List
I know you are wondering why we need one? Well you didn’t think most of these successful entrepreneurs became accomplished just like that, did you? They had a plan, and a To-Do list of your daily activities aids in realising that plan. It’s like being deliberate knowing what exactly should be done at a certain time. There is no particular way to structure the list. It all depends on priorities on the scale of preference, which can also vary as what is important to you might not be important to me.
2) Do Not Procrastinate
You say you want to be great but sleep until the next day. Greatness doesn’t suit up and walk to your house to meet you. It’s not a date; you have to get up and stop saying “ I will do it tomorrow”. Postponing activities just means it would never get done. Sometimes carrying out the activity late might displace something else that was supposed to be done at that time. Everything has a time; that is why you have a list. Stick to it. Do not procrastinate if you want to achieve your dream.
3) Get A Sleeping Pattern
Create a sleep pattern and try sticking to it. Some people derive pleasure from sleeping very late; for some of them it is a thing of pride and signifies being busy. Well, for others their work schedule makes them sleep in the day and work at night; its normal and allowed. But don’t starve yourself of sleep because it makes you feel you are chasing your dreams. If you are sleeping by 9:00pm, let it be that your work plan permits it. Remember every human needs an average of 8-hours of sleep a day. So if you have picked the sleeping hours of 8:00pm-4:00am then try and stick to it. The brain monitors sleeping patterns and when you change it, the brain tries to restructure again. So get a sleeping pattern and stick to it.
4) Be In Control/Be Deliberate
This is probably the hardest thing to do but it helps. Some entrepreneurs are already 5 months or a year ahead. This just means that they probably have a plan for everything they would be doing in 5-months time. This level of planning does require knowledge of how busy the individual is. So instead of a 5-month plan, how about 1 month? Specifying what you would be doing in a month makes you deliberate at every given time. It’s like a super power without the lightning and flying arrows. Being in control is important for your business/dreams or personality. It helps you to be organized and gives you power over time. Time waits for no one and an ability to go toe-to-toe with it is amazing. Be in control of your activities regardless of any external forces in your way.
5) Be Consistent
This is every entrepreneurs little secret, and today I am letting you in on it. The gift of consistency was given to no man; it can only be earned in time, eventually. Consistency beats any talent in the world. This is logical because we are told, “ practice makes perfect”. So if you practice something enough, perfection is guaranteed. This is the level everybody wants to be on. Here, there is no break in transmission of whatever you want to do. Being consistent always comes in handy and has overtime been one of the ingredients for a beautifully made career or the realisation of a dream, as the case may be. So be consistent for it comes with a lot of reward.
There is no particular road to success, I’d be lying if I told you the road to riches were foretold to be a certain path. We are all creating our paths to success as entrepreneurs, business owners, footballers or even a garage bookseller. But having a lined up activity helps you better prepare for the challenges ahead. Knowing these 5 daily habits of a successful entrepreneur, is knowledge we must all make the best of, starting now.