High levels of success can seem daunting or unattainable. This is because people only see the finished product and fail to see the years of small wins which made the seven CEOs mentioned in this article who they are today.
Little habits make a big difference. In this article, seven habits have been chosen that we can all implement in our day-to-day lives to develop more as professionals.
1. Tim Cook – Waking Up Early
There are countless articles online about the positive effects of waking up early. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, starts his morning at 3:45 a.m. Cook gets up early to exercise and get to work at Apple. Waking up early allows for personal time to exercise and work distraction free.
If you’re interested in getting up earlier, read How I Became a Morning Person.
2. Gary Vaynerchuck – Hustle
Gary Vaynerchuck has taken the entrepreneurship/business community by storm by documenting his life as a CEO of a 700 person company, giving practical business advice, and giving keynotes at marquee conferences. After watching his content you’ll see his relentless work ethic and how he applies it to his business. If you take one thing away from Vaynerchuck, it’s to put in the work, every day.
3. Richard Branson – Be Bold
When Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines, he had one Boeing jet and one terminal in London. He was highly outgunned by British Airways, by almost every metric. However, Branson was agile, and a risk-taker. He used pranks and big public displays to get the Virgin brand out into the mainstream media at a fraction of the cost of his competitors.
4. Jeff Bezos – Iterate Often
Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are committed to pushing the envelope when it comes to eCommerce and delivery. This means they fail, often. Bezos believes in making small calculated risks with Amazon on the regular. This way, he believes he’ll avoid having to risk the company on one large decision. This commitment to iteration has been a crucial part of Amazon’s hockey-stick growth and longevity.
5. Joel Gascoigne – Hire the Best People, Wherever They Are
The Buffer CEO runs an impressive remote work team, with talent from all over the globe. Buffer is committed to HR, putting a definitive emphasis on attracting/retaining top talent. Unlike many other companies in their space, they don’t care where you are located – if you’re a good fit with their team, you’re in.
If you’re working remotely, check out: Daily Rules for Working Remotely.
6. Warren Buffett – Play the Long Game
Buffett, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO, maintains a long-term strategy amidst competitors who are primarily concerned with short term ROI. This commitment to his vision by playing the long game has yielded big-time returns.
7. Mark Zuckerberg – Learn From Competition
Mark Zuckerberg attempted to buy Snapchat for a reported $3 billion in 2013. The Snapchat team turned down that offer, and in turn, Facebook has started introducing features and functionality which Snapchat has had success with through Instagram. Imitation is said to be flattering, however, Snapchat should be worried.
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