This type of posts is inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. That’s an email he sends to subscribers every Friday with a list of the things he enjoyed and did during the week (an article he read, a useful purchase he made, something interesting he watched and so on). I like it a lot and find it inspiring and helpful. And considering that I’m reading, thinking about and trying to improve different things every week, I decided to do the same.
It’s published on Sunday. You can read all similar posts here.
Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
I’ve been fascinated by that for a long time now.
I love the passion one can see in the eyes of people like Elon Musk, Zuck, Jack Dorsey, Tim Ferriss and every other startup founder or purpose-oriented and creative CEO of a top company.
And reading about the things that inspire them and motivate them to take action and analyzing their behaviors and daily rituals, really helps me do something about my life too.
There’s a lot we can learn from people like these.
And if we’re stuck in life, or don’t really believe we can reach greatness in some field or area of life, checking out their story and what they did differently is worth it.
I’m also writing about that more now and you’ll see posts on such topics on the blog more often. I cover the life lessons we can learn from those top entrepreneurs, what made them who they are today, how their mornings and evenings look like, and much more.
I’m a big believer in the fact that if others can do it, me and you can do it too.
And proven techniques of those who’ve already achieved what you’re after in life can help a lot.
Waking Up Early
It seems to be a recurring theme when I read about and listen to interviews of some of the most famous, productive, passionate and successful people of today.
I’ve been reading and writing about morning routines for a long time now, and will keep doing it.
But if there’s one thing all people I look up to have in common, it’s getting up early. And – more importantly – doing it because they want to, not because they have to.
Having a purpose also gives you a reason to wake up and get to work right away. And to enjoy every minute of it.
I’ve always struggled with taking control of my eating habits. And still do.
But I’m often thinking about the quality of the food we eat as a more crucial factor than quantity, time of eating, etc.
I believe anyone can live a better, healthier lifestyle by choosing super foods over the rest.
If we think about it for a while, we already know what these foods are. Although there are some we don’t usually hear about in daily life and it’s worth checking them out.
But writing down a list of the most important ones and looking at it before every meal, can improve the quality of your life in the long-term.
If you can’t think of more than 10 now, here’s a list of 52.
I’ll be working on making them a permanent part of my life and will slowly let them replace anything else I tend to eat that’s not very healthy.
Study your successes, you’ll learn more.
I do believe in the power of being able to accept your failures, think about what doesn’t work and try something else next time, and learning from your mistakes.
But most often we tend to overthink the things we did wrong and let that prevent us from succeeding.
So it’s worth analyzing your successes. We all have them, even little wins in daily life can be considered a success. And we should take that, analyze why it happened, and try to replicate it.
You can’t escape your comfort zone, you can just replace it with a better alternative.
I wrote a post about that, which I’ll publish soon actually.
You all know how your comfort zone looks like, and know that it’s best to break free from it, whether you’re doing something to make that happen or not.
But truth is, once we do that we just find something else that gives us comfort. And create a new comfort zone.
If you’ve always stayed at one place, for instance, and finally managed to get out there and travel to another place for a month or so, you then feel such freedom that you want to do it again. And if there’s nothing holding you back, you can even travel the world, move to another place, or become location independent and start working remotely.
In this case, traveling becomes your comfort zone. You can’t stay at one place anymore.
And that’s not bad, of course. It means you’ve done something different, are currently doing what you love, unleashing your potential and enjoying life more. But you start feeling comfortable again. And if you don’t stop doing it every now and then, you become weak (just like you were when you lived a life without traveling and even the thought of it scared you).
So what’s the solution?
First, be aware of that. Know when you’re leaving one comfort zone and entering another. Self-analysis is a powerful tool at every step of your journey.
Second, do something new, different, scary and uncomfortable whenever you have the chance.
And if all that makes you wonder why bother escaping your current comfort zone at all, I’ll answer it this way: it’s all about personal and spiritual growth and learning.
And we learn and grow by challenging ourselves, trying new things and putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations.
So what do you think (about any of the 5 things I just discussed)? What have you been thinking about and what inspired you this week?