By | Dillon Kivo | www.entrepreneur.com
Virtually anyone who has reached considerable success in life will readily admit that his or her habits play a big part in that. So if one wants to become like all the successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, executives and giants before him or her, the best way to stand on their shoulders is to see what their habits look like. Actions turn into habits, which build productivity — the make-or-break determinant of success or failure.
Emulating someone involves looking at the totality of his or her life and seeing how he or she lives, breathes and acts. And while there are countless studies, books and articles that look into how successful entrepreneurs work, there aren’t enough that show how they make use of their free time. So let’s take a look into some practices that the wealthy and successful have when they aren’t busy grinding.
1. They wake up at the same time
If there’s one thing that successful people don’t do, it’s sleep in on the weekends. That’s because many studies point to the importance of following a Circadian rhythm to maintain a sense of consistency. When our sleeping pattern becomes erratic, it eats into the rest of the week and gets our body confused. By waking up at the same time on the weekends, successful people allow their bodies to maintain a steady rhythm.
Some successful people known to rise early include Apple‘s CEO Tim Cook, who wakes up at 3:45 a.m., and Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck, who’s up and about at 8:00 a.m. Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Mark Whalberg and many others ensure that they maximize their mornings as well.