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I came across this infographic “Habits of the Wealthiest People” a few years ago and it was a major eye opener for me. It encouraged me to continue some habits I’ve formed (reading and exercising) and to start new ones (eating less junk food and sleeping and waking up early).
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Habits of the Wealthiest People
- Have a To Do list (81%)
- Wake up 3 hours before work (44%)
- Listen to audio books during commute (63%)
- Network 5+ hours per month (79%)
- Read 30+ minutes per day (88%)
- Love to read (86%)
- Teach good daily success habits to their children (74%)
- Make their children volunteer 10+ hours per month (70%)
- Encourage their children to read 2+ non-fiction books per month (63%)
- Exercise 4x a week (76%)
- Write down goals (67%)
- Focus on accomplishing a specific goal (80%)
- Believe in lifelong educational self-improvement (86%)
- Believe good habits create opportunity (84%)
Looking at this infographic, it struck me that there really is no huge difference between rich and poor people. If you read the biographies of successful people like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan or Henry Ford, you’ll see that they are ordinary men who achieved extraordinary things. They weren’t born rich or with exceptional skills. What skills they had, they developed through persistence and training. Perseverance and Discipline are what set them apart.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
According to Sean Covey, we become what we repeatedly do. The main difference between rich and poor people is HABIT.
A habit is defined as “a regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
Wealthy people have wealth forming habits. Poor people don’t. It’s as simple as that. When you have the discipline to form good habits and the persistence to follow through, then you’ll eventually succeed. It’s only a matter of time.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Habits are hard to break. So if we’re going to be at the mercy of our habits, we might as well start forming good habits that will help us succeed.
What about you?
What good habits do you need to start? It may be exercising daily, eating healthy, saving 20% of your income each month or being encouraging to others.
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Whether you like it or not, this time is going to pass anyway. So why not use it to form 1 new good habit. There are 12 months in 1 year. If we form just 1 good habit per month, that’s already 12 good habits in a year!
You may not become a success overnight, but there is really no such thing as “overnight success”. It’s paved through years of hard work and good habits.
So what are you waiting for?
Start forming a good habit today and be the successful person that you are meant to be.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.