Could you become more successful by making small changes to your lifestyle?
Success seems to be on just about everyone’s to-do list, and quite rightly so. Startup Britain’s startup tracker shows that at the time of writing, there have been 27,244 businesses setting out this year alone, and we’re still only in the month of January! Unfortunately, however, not everyone’s startup ideas amount to success, Theo Paphitis, former dragon and entrepreneurial guru, spoke with The Guardian last year about just why “50% of all small businesses fail in the first couple of years”. “They haven’t done the research, they don’t know where to go for the right funding… It’s rarely one thing” says Theo of startup failure.
So what is it that makes some people more likely to succeed than others?
The beauty of startups is that each venture is different, and there are hundreds of different factors which can work for or against your business venture. There are a couple of alterations that each and every one of us can make in our day-to-day life, however, that could give us the successful edge over our competitors.
Work these five habits into your routine:
- Get up early: A good proportion of entrepreneurs are up before the sun, rising early to get stuck in to another business day! Success is a product of hard work so you can expect to hit the hay late on too, spending your waking hours crunching numbers and talking strategy and (perhaps) managing staff. It’s a labour of love! Don’t believe me? Here’s Forbes with 10 advantages of waking up early.
- Get some exercise: There are so many different advantages to regular exercise. If you’re sticking to habit number one, why not use your morning for a workout; it’s sure to have you pumped and ready for the day. Livestrong cite exercise as a way to increase energy, physical fitness and mental health, all factors which will work to your advantage throughout your working week.
- Cut out bad habits: Recognise the habits of unsuccessful people, as outlined here in this Infographic. By cutting out the negativity from your routine, you’ll leave room in your day-to-day activity to become a business machine!
- Take advice: There are countless resources out there on the ‘net (this blog for starters) which are full of valuable business advice. Fill your Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds with inspirational entrepreneurs that you aspire to be. I always recommend Richard Branson as a good person to start with, he’s full of helpful advice!
- Have patience: Making your way towards success may well be a slow and painful journey, no matter what your friends and family might tell you! Even the most ingenious of startup ideas can take time to get off the ground. Remind yourself to be patient; hard work will always pay off in the end!