9 Daily Money Making Habits of Successful People

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This article originally appeared on Millennial magazine.

Every successful individual has a day-to-day routine that has brought them to where they are now. Being an accomplished person, comes with a dedication to certain money making habits that make success possible. Listed below are 9 daily habits of some of the most successful people of our time. See how you compare with your daily routine.

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1. Wake Up Early in the Morning

Nearly every successful person has stated that they wake up early in the morning. If you are wondering why, the reason is time. Waking up earlier in the morning allows you to finish more tasks.

This is one of Marissa Mayer (the CEO of Yahoo!)’s three rules of success—never wake up later than 5 a.m. The other two include exercising and watching the TED talk, ‘The Art of Stress-Free Productivity’, often.


2. Exercise Regularly

Being one of Mayer’s three secrets of success, exercise is certainly a portion of the regimen of every successful individual. This routine not only keeps the body healthy, but also makes you feel good about yourself. Inserting such a habit into your everyday life will make you more alert and disciplined. According to John Ratey’s statement, a psychiatrist at the Harvard Medical School, “even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain”.

Having no time to exercise is the worst excuse you can give. If you are overwhelmed with work, you can still find time to take a walk. The former CIO of Google (GOOGL) and current CEO of ZestFinance, Douglas Merril has stated, “I work at a treadmill desk all day, and end up walking about eight miles each day”.

3. Spend Some Quality Time with Your Family

Opposite of what is commonly believed, money making people do not spend all day working on their agenda. These people always find the time for their family. After all, the main goal of starting a business and hoping it will become successful is to support the family. “I make it a priority to spend two hours a day focusing only on my children. It helps me to recharge my batteries, think more creatively, and it also gives me that daily reminder of why I work so hard,” says Ratmir Timashev, the CEO of Veeam.

4. Plan the Days

Planning ahead for tomorrow is the best thing you can do if you want to become successful. Getting the work done is sometimes the most important part of finishing an objective. This is why you should take time to think about the most important tasks of the next day. Do this at the end of every business day, like the CEO of Medifast, Michael MacDonald always does.

5. Invest in Yourself

You’ve surely heard how Albert Einstein visited many S.M.A.R.T Success seminars over the course of his lifetime. Did you know that he actually attended over 400 of seminars until he died in 1955?

This is a clear indicator that you should really focus on investing in yourself. Even one of the greatest financial minds of the century, Warren Buffet, spends time googling the secrets of success of his competitors every day.

6. Pay Attention to What People Say

You never know who you may need in your life, so it is crucial that you make mental notes of people you meet, regardless of their status.

Mike Zivin, the CEO and cofounder of Whittl, says that doing some research on people before meeting them is an important step in building a successful career. “Understanding the person’s work history, the school they went to, or even knowing their hometown helps me tailor the way I communicate with them,” he says.

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7. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating unhealthy foods and having bad lifestyle habits are not a good way to lead a successful life. Torturing your body with bad foods, especially in the peak energy time of your day, can only pull you backwards from becoming a money making person. This is why every successful person out there has a personal trainer and a special diet they follow regularly.

8. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

Even the most successful people cannot do everything by themselves. Sometimes, you may be amazed at what you can do, but simply need assistance in doing things right.

There are many people that need a boost in order to become successful, even though they have done everything right. Sometimes a simple endorsement is all you need to promote yourself and show how good you are to the world.

9. Do not Give Up

Have you heard of Churchill’s Never Give Up speech? Of course, you have. Being successful does not come easily and many successful people failed several times before achieving what they aimed for. After all, Steve Jobs actually created Apple in his father’s garage!

Becoming successful is not easy and you certainly need some luck in the process. However, there are many things you have to take into your own hands in order to get to and stay at the top. Follow the money making habits of the most successful people today and prove to everyone that you can be successful, too!

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