Habits are an integral part of our everyday lives and the habits we form go a long way to determine the height we attain in our respective careers and personal lives. The habits we form play a huge role in our relationships and network; both of which are instrumental to career success and personal happiness.
Habits are an integral part of our everyday lives and the habits we form go a long way to determine the height we attain in our respective careers and personal lives.
The habits we form play a huge role in our relationships and network; both of which are instrumental to career success and personal happiness. This is the reason why when people follow certain trends or indulge in certain habits, the end result is always predictable.
Here are 7 recurring trends or habits noticed amongst successful entrepreneurs.
- They keep to-do lists.
Entrepreneurs are the busiest set of people you can ever come across. They know this and are very truthful with themselves so when those innovative thoughts, ideas or a task they are expected to perform drops in their head in the middle of a networking session or a strategy session with their team, they simple set a reminder by penning it down. This is one very important attribute of an entrepreneur, they keep these lists to avoid disappointing customers or allowing water-shed moments from slipping off their hands.
- They reward themselves for accomplishments
To continue doing great work for your business, you also need to have some sort of incentive for yourself and your team. Great business people understand that it’s important to celebrate those little victories in some way.
You are only as good or successful as the strength of your network and that is because you can never get anything done outside your network. Successful entrepreneurs understand this and do not joke with meeting new people and their existing relationships with people. This is also the reason most of the successful entrepreneurs we have around today are involved in serious charity works – they understand the power of human relation.
- They are always in the business of learning.
Go check it out, no successful business man or woman claims to know it all. Although they have a wealthy pool of knowledge, they never claim to know it all and are always open to new ideas.
- They give maximum attention to customer service and feedback.
Every successful entrepreneur understands that quality service delivery should top the agenda at every point in time. This is the reason some companies are so bent on getting customer feedbacks and also welcome criticisms; either constructive or not!
Mrs Ibukun Awosika said: “When you deal with one customer, do the right thing. You don’t know the “small” customer who buys a small thing today. The man you deal with today may turn up later in future based on your service; he could come to order 5,000 or 10,000 units of what he bought from you.”
- They go on vacations or take time off work
You might think that the most successful entrepreneurs just work constantly. But if all you do is work, you’re more likely to get burnt out and eventually make some big mistakes. Successful entrepreneurs understand that breaks are necessary and can help facilitate innovation and hard work when it’s really necessary.
- They sleep less
Sleep is good for the body as it helps relax cells and muscles in the brain as well as other parts of the body. At the same time, it is a known fact that successful business owners do not sleep much. Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote said: “I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. It’s hard to see a youth that will go to bed by 2am and wake up by 5am. I don’t rest until I achieve something.”
Food for thought: Are you sleeping your life away or achieving something with it?