success habits

Five Success Habits to Live By

Success is the product of many habits. Some have stated that there are over 500 of them

In any case, practicing a few of them on a daily basis is a step in the right direction

As I teach all over the World, eager students always ask me what my success habits are.

Here is the answer:

1. The Early Bird Gets The Worm

Get up before everybody else does. I credit Dr. Mark Houston for this one. Not only are you more productive, but your neurotransmitters and hormones are all better for it. Plus at 4 in the morning, there are no calls, nor any interruptions. I first start off by reading mind building stuff like James Altucher’s blog, or Gary Vaynerchuk‘s. That takes about an hour.

Choose Yourself
James Altucher’s bestseller book “Choose Yourself”

Then I read another hour on scientific material pertaining to my work; it can be anything from classic articles on training to books and manuals. I prefer stuff written before 1990, the stuff that REALLY works was all written before that time.

2. Batch Your Tasks

There is no such thing as multi-tasking. Do one thing, and do it well. Do emails only twice a day AFTER you have done what really matters. Don’t Facebook, Instagram between sets. Concentrate.

I learned it from Tim Ferris’s bestseller book 4-Hour Workweek

4hour workweek, Tim Ferriss

3. Quality Work Happens Only 2.5 to 4 Hours a Day

Took me a long time to let go of working long hours. Busy and productive are two different things. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan with their book The ONE Thing, finally got through to me on this one.

Their book is a must if success is important to you. I tell all my students to read it.

ONE Thing

Interestingly, these two authors now have asked me to teach a webinar on how their system has helped me build a strong body and mind. I will keep you posted.

4. Donate and Declutter Regularly

My personal success started to skyrocket once I started to tithe in 1986. I regularly tithe 10% before taxes. I like helping save large felines from extinction, sponsor Olympic teams and athletes to name a few.

At the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, a Monaco woman told me this: there is no point to be the richest person in the cemetery. It stucked with me. Decluttering is another way to make the World a better place. Learn about decluttering here

5. Be Grateful Daily

What you appreciate appreciates. On a daily basis in a log form, I appreciate in writing events, people, and what I learned. As Albert Schweitzer once said: “Success in not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. Love what you are doing, and you will be successful.” This is why I tell my students not the believe into the Myth of Discipline.

I hope you enjoyed this piece, let me know what your success habits are.


Charles R. Poliquin