Where success is concerned, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. Whether or not we care to admit it, it could be something as simple as chewing on a pen, or waking up with a cup of tea in the morning.
Here's a snippet of some of the rituals of 7 highly successful CEOs:
- Jack Dorsey (CEO of Square and Founder of Twitter)
When he was running both companies he would dedicate 8 hours a day to both, which obviously took great discipline. To deal with distractions of the week he created a weekly schedule he would stick to everyday so he knew what he was working on:
Monday - Management and running the company
Tuesday - Product
Wednesday - Marketing and communications, growth
Thursday - Developers and partnerships
Friday - Company culture and recruiting
- Steve Jobs (Founder and CEO of Apple)
Jobs' morning routine was unwavering. Every morning, he looked in the mirror and asked himself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?". Whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, he then knew he needed to change something.
- Sallie Krawcheck (Owner of 85 Broads, former Head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney)
Sallie found that she has her best ideas and is at her most productive early in the morning.
"I used to lose this time in the rush of getting the kids out of the door and getting ready for work, and then I found myself trying to remember the great idea I had as I was putting on my mascara. So now I go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier - I'm up by 4am - which gives me a few hours of super-productive time before the craziness of the day starts and my mind gets jumbled with the mass of tactical decisions to be made."
- Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (Founder of The Next Web)
After a long day at the office, Boris enjoys driving to a supermarket, buying groceries, and preparing dinner for his family. "It isn't just the satisfaction of cooking or the very basic emotion of feeding your kids but also a great way to find balance as an entrepreneur."
- Tania Burke (President of Trek Travel)
"I ride my bike to work because it creates a stress-free time. I get my best ideas on my bike, especially in the morning on my way in to the office."
- Mark Zuckerberg (Founder and CEO of Facebook)
Mark rises at 8am every day (unless he's been working all night). He wears the same t-shirt every day to avoid wasting time deciding what to wear.
- Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo)
Indra wakes up every day at 4am, and is in the office no later than 7am. "Get up early, get active and seize the day. Success waits for no one."
What are your daily rituals that help you in your success?
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