7 Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur

I’ve read quantity of posts on the web of successful habits for entrepreneurs. However, there were all general tips /habits that doesn’t mean anything: examples include unclear advices like visualize, set your goals,etc. While interesting, these pieces of advices were often too generic to be helpful at all, not to mention them being just 'common sense'. So for that reason I came up with a list of  concrete habits that will help you succeed as an entrepreneur.

 

1. Wake up early.

Being an entrepreneur means no one is there to remind you are late nor pushing your back for more productivity. Now it’s all done by yourself. At first, I thought I could wake up at any hour and that would amount to the same amount of productivity. I had to think again. I found waking up early makes the day appear longer. Ideally, as any good sleep doctor would recommend, you should always wake up at the same hour everyday, does’nt matter if it’s the weekend or if you only had 2 hours of sleep last night. You should select a waking up hour and commit to it. Personnally , i like waking up at 7:30 as I need my 7-8 hours of sleep and going to bed before midnight is too early.

 

2. Make your bed.

Let the first action of the day be a successful one. Starting the day by making your bed helps you to get something done in the first five minutes of the day. Not only this gives a headstart to your daybut also it ensures a good night of sleep later as a made up bed is always a guarantee of a better night of sleep.

 

3. Unable to work ? Do it for 5 Minutes.

Kind of says it all. If you suffer from a lack of motivation, try working for just 5 minutes. Start with something easy than build on from there.

 

4. Dress as if you were going to meet someone important

With the freedom of being your own boss comes the freedom of dressing the way you want. However, whatever your style is, always look your best whenever you leave the house. Whether you dress like a rockstar or boast a more classic suit and tie style, it would be a shame to miss that opportunity because the way you dress didn't convey the right mindset.

 

5. Exercise.

Take the stairs. Have business meeting while walking. Find a team sport you know nothing about and join a club, it will gives you the opportunity to get in shape as well as make new comrades. Remember, an entrepreneur never has too many friends or acquaintances. The people who make it are the people with connections. There is no exception to that.

 

6. Never stop learning.

At Digital Entrepreneurs, we are always raving about the fact that as an entrepreneur you are always learning new things. Personally, I've gone through many courses and programs through my life without sticking to any of them. Even though I generally completed them, deep inside I knew I could'nt stick to one field/job for the rest of my life. Being an entrepreneur gives you the opportunity to work with all sorts of people in every possible field. That's the greatest ground to be a constant learner.

Example of things you can learn that may be beneficial:

-Learn a new language

-Build something with your own hands (maybe your next business idea lies there !)

-Become good at something you've always said you sucked at.

-Learn to whistle (very useful skill , haven't managed to make a damn sound with fingers in my mouth though...)

One of the prime example of the importance of being open-minded to new skills comes from Steve Jobs and the typography class he took while in college. This is an except from his biography by Walter Isaacson :

I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to [learn calligraphy]. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture. And I found it fascinating. None of this had any hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.
— Steve Jobs

 

 

 

 

7. Network.

This one is important, people will be more tempted to buy your product if they know who you are. So one damn good piece of adviceis to show up. I can't tell you how many quotes there exists saying that the most important thing is to show up. And it’s true, be there and half the battle is won. As an entrepreneur, don’t only go to business-related events. Seek other types of events, who knows who you could meet ? . Entrepreneurs are everywhere, and not all of them go those business-heavy gathering. Remember, had Steve Jobs not joined the Homebrew Computer Club, he would never have met Wozniak and Apple would’nt exist.

That's it !

I hope you found these pieces of advices interesting and useful. With that said, you guys probably have your own habits to be a successful entrepreneur. Let us know in the comments !