Do you ever catch a glimpse of a successful entrepreneur and wonder to yourself, "how do they do it?"
Not only are they crushing goals in the workplace; but they're also fit, healthy, energetic, social, happy, and look like they could be your new best friend. They're living 'the life' you've always dreamed of, and you would kill for their secrets to success.
If you're finding yourself nodding your head in agreement, you will LOVE this weeks blog; I've literally scoured the bloggersphere, and found the top tips from around the globe to lift your game at work, and well, life.
1) They rise early
You won't catch these people hitting the snooze button, or waking later than 7am. Why? Research shows that we are in our deepest level of sleep through the night, and when the alarm goes off, it snaps us out of the REM zone preparing us for the day ahead. Ideally, you wake once - and you GET UP.
If you're not logging as much in sleep as you would like, check out our Instagram story on the energy pod and find out how it works, and why it's beneficial to have a 6-20 minute nap in the afternoon to boost productivity!
2) They meditate daily
Talk show success star Oprah Winfrey sits in silence for 20 minutes, twice a day to rouse her feelings of joy, contentment and hope; while Steve Jobs was known as somewhat of a 'zen master'; and public figure, Tony Robins, actually teaches his own meditation technique at his world-wide workshops to boost self confidence and general morale.
With apps such as Smiling Mind or Simple Habit (which we use in our office!), it's easy to meditate on your public commute, first thing in the morning, or even your lunch break! Just try and find a nice quiet spot, ideally in nature, and tune in to tune out.
3) They stay hydrated
Celebrity fitness trainer, Kayla Itsines openly admits how beneficial water can be for achieving your fitness goals, because it keeps you feeling full and energised, removes toxins that build up in the body, and aids muscle recovery; but did you know it's important for mental function too? Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. It carries nutrients to your cells, flushes bacteria from your bladder, prevents constipation, and even mid-afternoon mind-fog.
4) They live simple lives and don't overspend
Billionaire Facebook legend Mark Zuckerberg is famously frugal - to the point of him hosting his wedding in the backyard, driving a sustainable Volkswagen, and donning t-shirts and jeans as his corporate attire. His mentality is to spend money where it matters, and re-invest it into the RIGHT things as often as he can.
Warren Buffet is another on the rich list that chooses to live by lesser means. Even though he's rumoured to be worth US$85 billion; he still lives in the home he bought for US$31,000, doesn't carry a phone, or have a computer at his desk, and spends his downtime playing bridge.
The takeaway? Rich people stay rich by being frugal, and their modesty keeps us in awe of their honour.
If you're looking for ways to cost-cut, then perhaps its time to inquire about our competitive pricing on re-fitting your work place? One of the best ways to ensure you don't overspend in areas you don't need to is to give us a call, and ask for your free quote.
5) They believe failure is the best teacher
"You'll miss 100% of the shots you don't take" (Wayne Gretzky), and if you give up when you're learning to play the game, you'll agree you're not always likely to win.
Celebrity basketball-er, Michael Jordan, was once quoted to have missed over 9000 shots, and lost 26 games, yet he never gave up on pursuing his dream as a baller.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is another sports star that wasn't always successful. In fact, when he came to Vancouver (Canada) for the first time, he was cut from his dream team in the Canadian Football League and recalls feeling shattered, before being left with just $7 in his pocket. He defines it as a low point in his life, but also one of the most encouraging as it motivated him to do and want MORE. After his short lived career in wrestling, his on-screen super-stardom has increasingly risen, with him now talking openly about the road-blocks along the way to where he is and being somewhat of an inspiration to aspiring youngsters all around the world.
Bill Gates is another to admit defeat, realizing in the early stages that when something wasn't working at Microsoft, they would try something different which would ultimately be better. Remember Windows Vista? Neither do we.
6) They're always learning
Speaking of Bill Gates, now the second richest man in the world, he believes success is all about continued learning. Despite being a Harvard University dropout to follow his infamous software venture; him and fellow tech genius, Steve Jobs, used to sit in on classes they weren't even signed up to before leaving!
Aside from classes, he's also a big fan of reading newspapers, encyclopedia's, reference books and anything else he can get his knowledgeable eyes on. Another fan of getting in some couch time is Warren Buffet, who will read between 600-1000 pages of something to begin his day.
Guess I'll be setting the alarm at 4:00 am tomorrow, how about you?
7) They put their customers first
Jeff Bezos has recently outranked Bill Gates as the richest man in the world, with a rumoured net worth of US$112 billion. One of his top five tips? Always put customers at the core.
"In the long run, if you take care of customers, that is taking care of shareholders." he wisely said when questioned about his sacrifice of global giant Amazon's profit margin. After making the decision to build more fulfillment centres across the country allowing faster delivery to customers despite the naysayers back in 2014, Amazon's stock has increased roughly 285 percent.
At Balance Interiors, we too believe in putting our customers first; which is why we have separate team members to take your calls, offer you information on the latest leading styles and technology to suit your workplace requirements, offer speedy delivery and installation to help you kick up your productivity, and of course, after sales care to keep you feeling loved. Our aim is to boost office morale, increase workplace wellness, and help you ease into a new office that ticks all the boxes.
8) They exercise regularly and eat well
Aside from the obvious idols like Kayla Itsines, Michael Jordan and "The Rock"; multi-millionaire David Murdock (Dole CEO) avoids processed foods, walks daily, lifts weights regularly, loads up on fruits and vegetables, and has even invested in the North Carolina Research centre to help understand the link between living longer, healthier lives in response to a plant based diet.
Co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin, is also another fan of fitness admitting that in his spare time, he likes to push his body to the limits and always try new modes of exercise such as rollerblading, trapeze classes at a circus gym, hockey and ultimate frisbee.
I'm guessing Virgin Gym creator, Richard Branson, would also align with the importance of exercise? We're so in like with him here, that we even sell the very energy pods he installs globally within his gyms.
9) They're not afraid of taking risks
Australia's richest citizen, Gina Rinehart, isn't about just sticking to what she knows. In addition to exporting over 55 billion tonnes of iron per year, she's also running a 15,000 large Wagyu cattle farm in Western Australia, making her the third top cattle farmer in the land.
She's not alone though as you've already read - Richard Branson decided to invest one third of Virgin Records profit into starting an airline, Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos went against the naysayers and increased his American fulfillment centres, and Bill Gates. Ellen Degeneres, Mark Zuckerberg, Brad Pitt, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, John Mayer, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all took a huge risk by dropping out of university...
If those top nine tips don't inspire you to take on the world, I found this last little tip from man-child Richard Branson, who boasts one of his top ten success tips as simply to "have fun". Through all his endeavours, one of the things he learned was that if he wasn't having fun, he would lose passion for the pursuit. Arguably his most famous learning curve was taking a risk and investing a third of Virgin Music's profit into starting a new airline (as I'm sure we have all used to commute for regional business meetings), Virgin Atlantic.
While not everyone may have the drive to take success to this level, these tips can be applied in all areas of life for a balanced, happy and healthy lifestyle that with adherence, will ultimately result in success.
If there's something we can help with in the transformation of your office success, give us a call on (03) 9567 4555 or email us through at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us how we can help - we have a crafty top nine list of our own you know.
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team