I love reading those articles about the habits of successful people; really I LOVE them. Something about finding out that 7 out of 10 millionaires brush their teeth before breakfast just like I do makes me feel that I too am somehow destined for greatness.
Writers know that we gobble up those 16-Secret-Shoe-Tying-Techniques-of-the-Well-To-Do style articles. Honestly, I hope someone writes that very article tomorrow, it sounds exciting.
It boils down to lazy (or efficient, depending on your perspective) thinking: if I do what Warren Buffet does, then I’ll be like Warren Buffet – a billionaire. Unfortunately for us, Warren Buffet can’t be boiled down to just 7, 15 or 22 cute little successful habits, he walks the walk in a 1,000 ways every day, and 2,000 ways on Tuesdays.
Habits are who we are when we’re on auto pilot.
Nose pickers. Overeaters. Impulse spenders.
Holding doors for others. Kissing loved one’s cheeks. Picking up pennies.
There are no secrets to success. Success is an open book of obvious available for anyone to check out at the library. But that’s a harder truth to come to terms with and it gives you absolutely no direction as to what to do with your shoelaces.
Successful people work hard. Sometimes they have good ideas. Sometimes they are lucky. Sometimes they brush their teeth before breakfast.
The one thing ALL successful people have in common is that they are a compilation of good habits that overwhelmingly outweigh their bad habits.
- Good habits don’t always make up for bad habits. An apple doesn’t cancel out a large french fry.
- Habits are hard to change, just ask my potty training 2-year-old. But if you can successfully change a bad habit to a good one, then success will come more easily.
- I hate having just two bullet points. I make it a habit to always have at least three bullet points.