What Successful People Do When They Wake Up 74

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Wondering what successful people do when they wake up? What helps them win the day, clear their mind, go after their goals, be peaceful and not let the chaos of the day get to them?

There’s one morning habit they all swear by – journaling in the early hours of the day.

Everyone that’s started doing morning pages – who gets up in the morning and the first thing he does is write down what’s on his mind, some positive affirmations, plans and dreams – knows the benefits this little habit has.

It not only gets you in a better mood and makes you more peaceful and relaxed for the whole day, but it also helps you get a better understanding of yourself and the world, find out some deep fears and issues you’ve got and think of creative solutions.

But how exactly is it done?

How to Start Doing What Successful People Do in the Morning

1. Choose the very first part of the day.

The early morning is the perfect time for this practice, as it’s when the problems and worries of the day still haven’t got to you, there’s no one and no noise to distract you, so you can focus and make the best of it.

Related: How to Get Out of Bed in The Early Hours

2. Do it before everything else.

For best results, what successful people do is write before breakfast, meditation, their morning workout, and going out.

You can even do it in bed if you want, just place a notebook beside it so that you can simply reach for it and put in writing the very first thoughts that pop up in your head this day.

3. Just write.

You can do it by hand (the better option), but you can also type them.

Let go of expectations, perfectionism and grammar rules. Just start writing about whatever comes to mind first. And keep this for as long as you can.

Related: The Habits That Help Me Write a Lot Daily

But what to write about when you run out of ideas?

Morning Pages Ideas

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• 3 things you’re grateful for;
• a detailed to-do list;
• 5 things that will make today great;
• what you want to achieve in the next month;
• negative thoughts – complain to the morning pages and let go of them this way;
• unusual ways to do your work better, grow your business, improve yourself;
• things you don’t want in your life;
• all the qualities you like about yourself;
• what happened yesterday and what you can learn from it;
• what you just dreamt about (if you remember it);
confidence affirmations;
• your deepest fear and what you can do about it (sometimes it’s easier to deal with it by writing it down);
• poetry;
• fiction;
• describe a painful event from your past (then write about the present moment and that you need to let go of what was as it doesn’t matter anymore).

That’s what successful people do right after they wake up.

But what are the actual benefits?

Why All Successful People Write First Thing in The Morning

1. They kickstart the day and are more energized and in a better mood for the rest of it.

If the very first thing you do each day is to write positive affirmations about your life while enjoying the peace of the early morning, you’ll be much more happy in general.

2. It helps you cure depression and decrease stress.

Sparing some time in the early hours of the day to write is something that can help you clear your mind, become aware and calm. And that makes you less stressed and depressed.

3. You find solutions to different problems.

Sometimes you’ll be writing about your issues, stuff that you hate, will describe your fears, worries and doubts. At least, that’s what successful people do.

If you too develop that habit, you’ll also find recurring themes in your life that you haven’t noticed before. And will see what your real problems are.

And as writing engages your mind and makes you more creative, you’ll come up with ideas on how to fix these problems and improve areas of your life.

The solution is already inside you – in the same place the problem came from. Writing will just help you find it.

4. You generate ideas.

You can write about anything, and because right after you wake up your inner critic is still sleeping, you’ll come up with some pretty unusual and creative stuff.

And if you come back to your morning pages after some time, you’ll find them useful and can apply them to business, self-improvement, art, etc.

5. You build discipline.

Doing this every morning will make you stronger and increase your willpower. Often you won’t be in the mood and will want to sleep some more or do something else. But it will be the power of habit and the benefits you’ve already felt that will give you the momentum to actually sit down and write.

6. You become a better writer.

You may not enjoy writing at all in the beginning and find it hard to start, but in time you’ll do it with less and less effort. You’ll just feel more comfortable doing it, words will come out more easily and you’ll go with the flow.

7. You start thinking better.

Another way journal writing can change your life in general, and why this is what successful people do before breakfast, is by making you think better.

In the process of writing both of your brain sides are involved – the rational and the creative one. You practice it, improve slowly, and soon it does a better job when taking decisions, developing habits, communicating, brainstorming, or other things you do daily that need brain engagement.

So that’s how doing morning pages is beneficial to so many parts of your life.

Can you think of any other way writing first thing in the morning helps you? How what successful people do when they wake up can apply to your current situation?

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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.