3 Key Habits that Successful People Depend On
By Sandy Schroeder
If you always seem to be just on the edge of really succeeding, it may be time to step back and take a look at three key habits that could move you ahead faster.
Dumblittleman.com points to recent Duke University studies that say 45 percent of everything we do on a regular basis relates to our daily habits. So how do your daily habits shape up?
- Do you have a mix of good and bad habits?
- How do your habits work for you?
- Are you ready to try some new ones?
Here are some key ones that may make the difference.
Read Everything that You Can
Investment guru Warren Buffet once said reading may have been one of the most important habits that he picked up. A local healthcare director that I worked for created one successful venture after another. He often flew around the world, and he always carried a valise packed with current reading material. Another school friend of mine who went on to become a university leader in fundraising, said he spent a lot of his spare time reading biographies of famous leaders. He learned from the best and obviously applied it.
Make use of spare time to read about your company, your skills, your job, and the world at large. When discussions come up at work, you could be one of the most informed people there.
Try Getting Up Earlier
Many successful business owners that I have known report starting their day about three hours before their actual workday. Some use the time to review their daily schedule, study notes for complicated projects, or take a brisk walk around the block. At the same time, early risers stay in touch with their family, and enjoy a healthy breakfast. No wonder they look poised and ready for the day. They actually are.
Become a Strong Communicator
Consider where you stand right now?
- Can you make a strong presentation on the job?
- Do you interact easily with your co-workers?
- Do you really listen when someone else is talking?
We all communicate in many ways every day. We text, call, email and have one-on-one conversations. Often we assume we have made our point as we move on, but a closer look raises questions. How many times have you been surprised by later developments, or puzzled by a return email? Really learning how to successfully communicate with everyone around you can make a huge difference in everything you do. Take a class in communication, watch how others communicate, and read more about it.
Try these three habits and see if they work for you. If they do, enjoy the success and look for more.
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