Just 5 Hours a Week (Keys To Success)
An ancestral practice shared by the most brilliant minds on the planet. Habits that you can start practicing daily to see positive results in your professional and personal life.
One of the things that I’ve observed over and over again is that the definition of a successful person is not necessarily one who has billions of dollars. I know several folks who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year that are miserable and a pain to be around. I also know people on the ahem..lower end of the income scale who always seem to be full of joy and are loving life. For example, my good friend who recently married, and runs a support group. He has a family that supports him. His friends and contacts always try to help him in his growth, and above all he is successful when he is happy because he has done something for you and the society.
Success has to do with how you manage your life in a balanced way. Now, keep in mind that if I mention certain habits of successful people in the world, Im not doing it with the aim of making unfair comparisons. I’m merely pointing out that there are certain customs and habits in common among the brilliant minds of the world that if you should incorporate into your own routine.
Michael Simmons wrote for the Inc portal that there is a successful strategy for life that we can all use. It is about what he calls the 5 hour rule: one hour a day during the five working days of the week (rest on the weekends). This rule was devised by prolific inventor Benjamin Franklin and consisted of the following:
- Get up early in the morning to read and write.
- Write a series of personal goals and continuously evaluate if you are close to achieving them.
- Create a club for similar people to try to influence society and improve the world.
- Turn ideas into experiments.
- Have moments of reflection in the mornings and afternoons.
No matter that one of the greatest American geniuses had a busy schedule, he always made time to spend an hour each day doing some of the aforementioned activities.
According to Yahoo Finance, this rule is part of the secret of great entrepreneurs, because “modern entrepreneurs may not have as much time or can not take advantage of hours as much as Franklin. But they do have one thing in common with him: his voracious desire to assimilate knowledge and techniques. So Warren Buffett spends 6 hours a day reading newspapers and corporate reports. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg reads one every two weeks. Elon Musk read 2 books a day when he was a student.
How to adapt that rule to modern day times?
1.Plan some learning time: Identify what you want to learn and specify what your goals are. For example, what are the cutting-edge tools that could help you further your career? Try doing an online course, reading a book, getting professional coaching etc…Stop procrastinating and actually set aside time to do it.
2. Meditate: You should spend a few minutes a day reflecting on what you’re learning and ask ourselves questions. That way we will shoot for creativity. No one ever found inspiration by staring at a computer screen. Walking is a great way to process your thoughts, just like Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Steve Jobs and Jack Dorsey do. You may also want to chat with a colleague or a person who is also learning or is already an expert at what you’re trying to improve.
4. Set aside time to learn: reading, studying, practicing, talking, discussing, attending classes … You should always leave one hour a day for these activities and respect it. Also remember you are never too young or old to be in classrooms.
5. Solving Problems: Often when an obstacle is presented to us, what we do is seek excuses to avoid it or we simply postpone solutions for another day. It’s best to confront and tackle this challenge(s) before it eventually becomes something bigger and more complicated.
I suggest you start slowly and adopt one or two of these suggestions initially. Don’t try to do them all at once. The key is that you take time away for reflection and step away from the rat race. You may be surprised how a sense of daily renewed along with a plan for achieving your goals can take you. So what are you waiting for?