Repetition, Repetition, Repetition.
One of the biggest questions in life is “What is the key to success?” When trying to find this answer, it makes sense to observe successful people in history and find any similarities between them.
One thing to remember is every single person throughout history has 24 hours each day of their lives. Beyonce has 24 hours in a day, George Washington had 24 hours in a day, you have 24 hours in a day. The thing that makes us unique is how we choose to spend those 24 hours, and those decisions greatly affect our success in life. It turns out some of the most accomplished people in history all have commonalities in their daily rituals that they credit to their success. We’re here to tell you about those rituals!
So, what is the key to success?
Small Steps For Mankind
One of our favorite Founding Fathers always began his day with the same question, “What good shall I do today?” The photo above, taken out of his biography, shows Ben’s average schedule from any given day. He would meditate on what good he would do and then split his day up into segments of work and everything else. At the end of his day, he would reflect on what good he did that day and if he accomplished what he wanted to.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple started each of his days similarly. In his 2005 Stanford commencement address Jobs said, “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Reading Is Power
Notice how Ben set aside at least two hours to read. Anybody who has ever accomplished anything mirrors this habit. When asked “What’s the key to success”? Warren Buffett responds, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. Mark Cuban reads three hours a day. Oprah Winfrey has her own book club. But what you read matters as well. There is a notable difference between the reading habits of economic classes. According to Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, rich people (annual income of $160,000) read for self-improvement, education, and success. Meanwhile, poor people (those with an annual income of $35,000) read primarily to be entertained.