In part one of this blog we covered the first 25 habits that foster prosperity, including time management, business practices, motivations and attitudes. Here are the next 25 habits of highly prosperous people.
Relationships and networks
1. They surround themselves with the right people.
Successful people don’t fill their lives with negative, complaining, or distracting people. They understand that they’re lives will probably look a lot like the average of the five or ten people they spend the most time with. Therefore, they seek out positive, inspiring, energetic, kind, and dynamic people as friends, coworkers, and associates.
2. They network.
Other than working hard, networking might be the most important practice for mega success. As the saying goes – your network is your net worth. I still think they should teach classes on networking in high school and college! In fact, 79% of wealthy people network five hours or more each month vs. only 16% of the poor that do the same.
3. They communicate effectively.
High achievers are almost always great communicators. They interact with others efficiently using simple, clear, and concise messages, whether in person or in writing. This also includes the ability to actively listen – a vastly undervalued skill.
4. They don’t shy from conflict.
Instead of being people pleasers and avoiding disagreements and differences of opinion, prosperous people understand that conflict a healthy and necessary function of growth. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily aggressive or combative , but firm, assertive and willing to hash it out when needed. By facing conflict head on and working through it, they solve problems instead of letting them fester and are known as straight-shooters.
5. They gladly put aside their ego.
Successful people want to be on the best team possible. They always want to surround themselves with the smartest and best people without seeing this as an affront to their own ego.
6. They’re empathetic and open minded.
They say the hallmark of genius is that they can consider two opposing viewpoints at the same time. Leaders and "succeeders" can do the same with people, having empathy for others by adopting their viewpoints. They are always looking to add information or consider new viewpoints and for that reason they remain open minded and flexible.
7. They work with the best teams.
High net worth individuals always want to work with the best financial planners, CPA’s and tax professionals, and attorneys they can find. They understand that this may cost a little more, but it’s nearly impossible to get ahead with a second-rate team behind you. They definitely resist the temptation to try and do everything themselves. Likewise, for any successful individual, they probably surround themselves with a great team so they can focus on what they do best.
8. They maintain personal connections.
While systems, emails, and social media are great, successful and high net worth people never lose sight of the fact that genuine personal relationships are invaluable. For that reason, it’s reported that 80% of wealthy people make Happy Birthday calls to their friends, associates and business partners, while only 11% of poor people do the same.
Health, wellness, and happiness
9. They eat right.
Successful people take great care of themselves, and that starts with eating right. Research shows that 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day, compared to 97% of poor people that eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. Garbage in = garbage out!
10. Early to rise.
Artists, visionaries and geniuses may work when inspiration strikes or stay up late into the night working on their passion, but hard working successful people do the opposite, waking up extremely early to get a jump on the day. That’s why 44% of wealthy people wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor that do the same.
11. They stay fit.
Successful people understand that health is the most precious commodity they have, so they exercise regularly, often with strict discipline. In fact, 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week while only 23% of poor do this.
Look for part 2 of this blog coming soon, where we cover the remaining 14 habits of prosperity!