The Real “Habits” to Becoming a Millionaire

This has been something I’ve wanted to touch on for some time. After reading yet another article on how taking cold showers and working out every morning are the two things that all millionaires have in common, I decided it was time to give you all some real-life, hard-truth explanations on how to become a millionaire.

I could go on and on with quirky exaggerations, by saying that drinking your morning coffee at room temperature and doing hot yoga at midnight would help you get there but at the end of the day, there is no magic recipe or ritual that will get you there other than good ol’ fashioned hard work.

Not what you wanted to hear? Well the truth hurts sometimes. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking that a good idea will sell itself. They then make the mistake that success happens overnight. While it’s true, the waking up early, setting short term goals and getting in a good gym session are all part of what help makes someone successful personally but ask yourself, what does having a six-pack do for your business?

So here’s a short and sweet list of things you can do that will put you on the track to success. It’s important to remember that just like everything else, nothing is guaranteed.

  1. Hold yourself accountable. Being your own boss isn’t as fun as it sounds. Sometimes not having anyone to answer to can result in procrastination or lack of motivation. Learn to hold yourself accountable to both your long and short term goals.
  2. Stay organized and on task. When you have a to do list, do it. When you know what you want to accomplish in the long term, it’s imperative that you identify all of the in-between tasks that will get you there. Project management is key. If project management isn’t in your house of tricks, higher someone. If hiring someone isn’t in your budget, use tools like Google Keep or Trello to keep you on task.
  3. Believe in work/life balance. While the “hustle” mentality is important, you should learn when to clock out. Not taking breaks will negatively impact your personal and professional life. Sometimes taking a break from an idea will help you reset and refresh, allowing you to put your best ideas forward.
  4. Listen to others. Despite what you may think, you are not always right. It may be your idea that you are building into a reality but that doesn’t mean you’re the only one with vision or direction that will be good for you. It’s only lonely at the top if you did it all by yourself. Stay humble and open-minded.

So there you have it. No need for cold showers, daily journaling and “getting your pump on” at the gym. Want to be successful? Just get to work.