If you’ve ever wondered what the secret to success is, you can find some insight by looking at certain key practices that successful people, like self-made billionaires, implement in their daily routine. There’s a mindset that many successful people share, and it’s no longer a well-kept secret; female leaders hoping to share their success with other women have expounded on what they believe to be the foundation of their success. Some have served as a reminder that it’s consistently doing simple things that matter most, particularly when the day is fresh in the morning. Taking this advice into consideration, you might find yourself thinking about business — and life — in a different way that could change things for the better.
A common approach to starting the day among successful entrepreneurs is starting it with exercise. Anna Wintour, long-time editor-in-chief of Vogue, famously starts each day with an hour-long tennis match at 5:45 am. Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company, tries to work out every day for 45 minutes, usually in the morning. According to Alba, “it can help you process everything you have to do and get you ready for the stressful day ahead.” Not only does a morning workout get your blood pumping and release mood-boosting endorphins, but conquering it first thing ensures that your daily workout will actually happen.
Oprah has said that she starts her day by meditating for twenty minutes. This, she says, ‘fills her with “hope, a sense of contentment and deep joy”’. Tim Ferriss, an American podcaster, author, entrepreneur and early-stage tech startup investor, also starts his day by meditating, because he’s adapted his own morning ritual, after interviewing thousands of successful leaders from all walks of life. Arianna Huffington has also touted the benefits of her morning meditation routine.
A suggestion from Alessandra Ambrosio, Victoria Secret model, actress, and founder of ále, is to get organized in the morning, so you are ready to take on the day. Before she leaves her house in the morning, she makes sure she’s started making lists, whether it’s grocery shopping or new ideas for her clothing line. Other celebrities like Jessica Bile, and even Steve Jobs, maintain the importance of making your bed after you wake up, just to get an upward trajectory started for the day. Sheryl Sandberg creates her “to-do” list in a spiral notebook and checks off items before 7:00 a.m. Overall, get organized!
Read the news
A popular habit entertained by many successful billionaires is to start the day by reading the news, especially The New York Times. Barack Obama is one such reader, as is Dottie Herman, the richest self-made woman in real estate.
There might be some truth to the saying, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kylie Jenner, the world’s youngest billionaire, eats the same breakfast each day–scrambled eggs, avocado, and rice. Oprah Winfrey also starts her day with a healthy breakfast that’s rich in complex carbs, fiber, and protein. Tony Robbins likes to top off his morning ritual with a nutritious breakfast of fish and salad. In general, opt for protein- and fiber-loaded meals, which will give you energy, curb your appetite, and decrease your risk for some diseases.