When we see successful entrepreneurs or CEOs of highly profitable companies, we tend to think they’re either smarter than we are or had a head start in life.
The truth is, working your way up to in the corporate ladder isn’t rocket science. In fact, most top businessmen follow surprisingly simple daily routines.
If your dream is to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Richard Branson, add these five things to your daily life and start acting like the CEO you’ve always wanted to be.
1. Starting your day the right way
Many successful CEOs are known to be early risers. Whether you choose to meditate like Steve Jobs or have a questionable breakfast smoothie like Sara Blakely, having a productive morning routine keeps you on track for the rest of the day.
While starting your day earlier gives you more hours in a day, the time you wake up doesn’t really matter.
If you’re a night owl and can’t function before noon, then that’s okay. What actually matters is having a smart routine to kickstart your day with laser focus and endless energy, whether it’s at 6am or 3pm.
2. Set your mind free by writing
At least once a day, take your thoughts and place them on paper. Once they’re written down somewhere, you won’t feel the need to keep turning them over in your head in case you forget them.
British business magnate Richard Branson always carries a notebook wherever he goes so he can jot down his observations, ideas, and random thoughts during the day. Not only does it relieve him from remembering them, it actually help him see how his ramblings fit into the bigger picture.
3. Challenge yourself by learning something new
A common trait amongst successful people is they’re all lifelong learners.
Elon Musk who surrounds himself with smart people. Bill Gates reads for an hour every night. Whatever it is, every high achiever sets some time out in their day to read, browse, or ask questions.
It doesn’t even have to be related to your career. You never really know how one thing can weave into another, so make an effort each day to expand your horizons.
4. Don’t limit yourself and do something creative
Being a successful CEO takes a great deal of inspiration and creativity in every aspect of managing a company.
You don’t have to write poetry or invent a new Facebook, Steve Jobs would do something as simple as taking a walk to boost his unique sense of creativity.
Pick up a hobby that lights up the left side of your brain. It can be painting, photography, gardening, knitting or even learning a new instrument, dancing.
5. Get your body moving
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said during a Q&A session on Facebook, “Staying in shape is very important. Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit.”
Similarly, the eccentric Richard Branson can’t start his day without running, cycling, or kayaking. He told FourYourBodyPress, “I definitely can achieve twice as much by keeping fit. It keeps the brain functioning well.”
As you can see, exercise is an essential part of becoming a CEO. And let’s face it, if you can’t bring yourself to do five sit-ups then you likely won’t be able to take on the demanding role of CEO.
It’s okay to start small, as long as you start.