Success Tips From Highly Successful People

Ben Franklin

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This founding father, scientist, inventor, farmer, and political revolutionary set a strict daily routine. He followed a 13-week self-improvement plan where he pinpointed one virtue per week and cycled through that 4x a year. Skip the New Year’s Resolutions and start small and tangible.

Elon Musk

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This founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motor schedules his entire day in 5-minute blocks. His tip for squeezing the most out of every day is to think logistically – he devotes Mondays and Thursdays to SpaceX, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to Tesla, and Fridays to both. What is the bigger task you are going to devote your days to?

Mark Zuckerberg

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This co-founder and CEO of Facebook wears the same t-shirt, pants, and hoodie every day. Minimizing his day-to-day choices by making as little decisions as possible leaves a lot of time for more important tasks. What is something you do every day that is unnecessary and takes up too much time? Is there a way you can change this or minimize the time it takes to do?

Bill Gates

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This CEO and chairman of Microsoft read 50 books per year. Excellence comes from what we repeatedly do, a habit that helps us gain knowledge and learn whether it be concrete or abstract, success means that you must look for it.

Richard Branson

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This founder of Virgin Group wakes up at 5am to kite surf, swim, or play tennis. He claims to get an extra 4 hours of productivity a day from regularly exercising. Exercise helps you stay productive and creative throughout the day, teaching you to push through barriers and improve your ability to solve problems critically.

Arianna Huffington

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This co-founder of the Huffington Post relaxes in the evening by taking a bath with lavender oil, Epsom salts, and a candle and reads philosophy or poetry after laying down. Now students like myself may not have this luxury, so instead, wind down by taking a warm shower and reading (not on a device) in bed.

Sheryl Sandberg

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This Facebook COO and Lean In Foundation Founder, author, and activist teaches women to empower themselves by leaning in professionally to grasp those leadership positions.

Thomas Edison

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This great American inventor learned from failure and pushed the boundaries of innovation until a solution was found. If nothing is going right, it’s time to analyze what didn’t work with the solutions used in the past.

Peter Thiel

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This Paypal co-founder, venture capitalist, and author often asks others “Why can’t you accomplish your 10-year plan in the next six months?” His biggest tip is to stay flexible and unplanned. Life is one big experiment, and you never know what comes next.