Prioritizing: The Magic of Focusing on What’s Important 63

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Prioritizing means ranking in order of importance. It’s when you put what you care about the most before anything else.

And we’re all doing it, in any moment of the day, whether we realize it or not.

We prioritize when we choose to do one task instead of another, when we spend our free time watching TV instead of being out with friends, when we sleep one hour more instead of getting up to have a workout.

And as you may guess, our priorities determine the level of success we have in life. It’s what we consider essential and focus on every day that shapes our identity and future.

How to Use Prioritizing to Your Advantage?

1. Analyze your current choices.

Write down all the things you do today and tomorrow. And think of what else you should be doing at that time, or what more you could have done.

That will give you an idea of how well you’re spending your time and how you can double your productivity.

2. Time management.

Using that self-analysis, you can change your approach towards your time and work.

Procrastinating, or choosing easier tasks just to avoid difficult but more important ones, is a step back in your personal development. And every time you do it, you say ‘yes’ to the procrastinator inside you, and make it stronger.

3. Focus on the essential.

But that can always be turned around. You can start being more mindful today by choosing what’s more important.

You need to be ruthless when it comes to your time. We all get 24 hours, but some get nothing done, while others achieve so much in one day.

You can be one of them. You just need to take back control of your time.

How to Focus on What’s Important?

First, you need to define what really matters to you. Here are some things to consider:

  • your goals

We tend to forget what we dream about in the daily round, while overburdened with not so important tasks and worries.

But in the end, we realize we get work done for someone else, we’re not happy, don’t feel productive and accomplished.

That’s because we’ve lost our path and have left our true calling aside, just to indulge in mediocrity, by being the average person that’s doing stuff only because he thinks he has to do it.

But that’s not true.

What’s really important to you is what you’ve always wanted. Your true desires don’t just go away, no! They stay inside of you, always reminding you of who you could have been if you’d started working on the things you believe in.

What to do then?

Make a step-by-step plan for your life goals – the long and the short term.

Break them down into manageable tasks that you can do daily. Make them easy and fast. This way you’ll know what exactly you should do each day to achieve what you want.

And then, every night you can prepare your to-do list for tomorrow. And can include 1-3 tasks connected to your goals. And you’ll put them on top. Simply because they come before everything else.

That’s the real face of prioritization.

  • what makes you happy

In the rush of the day we often forget that we have the right to do only stuff we enjoy.

Do you have such activities in your days? Are you doing what you love, the way you like it?

Because too many people aren’t.

What you can do to change that is start choosing your happiness over things like:

• what others expect you to do and be like;
• what you think you should be doing, but doesn’t make you happy;
• trying to please others;
• temporary pleasures.

And then, you can add some activities and hobbies you actually enjoy. And make time for them daily.

And when you’re asked to do something you’re not sure you should do, you can just ask yourself whether it makes you happy. And act upon the answer.

  • important relationships

Too many of us spend time with the wrong people.

These are:

• those who bring us down;
• people from our past we think we can’t live without but which are no good for us;
• working in a bad environment with people we can’t stand;
• those who are too negative about life and always complain;

Here are 5 types of such people and why we should get rid of them.

This may sound harsh to some, but yes – I think we should eliminate such people from out life.

I’ve seen too many examples of individuals wasting so much time daily trying to please people who just can’t be pleased, who put relationships that are just not worth it before family, who are given work to do by others who are just trying to avoid it.

But there’s no time for that. And there are more meaningful things out there you should be doing, and better people you should be spending your time with.

So choose family over friends, and choose friends over being by yourself.

Choose calling a good old friend instead of trying to impress a new one. If you need to work for his approval is it worth the friendship at all?

Think about stuff like that. Remember the people in your life that have always been there for you, that love you and are actually ready to help you. And give them some of your precious time.

That’s how you focus on what’s important.

Life is too short for things that seem urgent, can be done by someone else, are unproductive and not getting you closer to your goals.

So prioritize – eliminate them and replace them with super productive focused work on tasks that are meaningful and have potential.

So what are you doing about what really matters in your life? What’s prioritizing for you?

See also:

How to use your time wisely by prioritizing your goals?
How to prioritize when everything is important?
4 must-know to-do lists to prioritize tasks

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.