17 Nov Master these 3 super-habits for super happiness and success!
Not All Habits Are Equal. These 3 Habits Outperformed Every Other
by Dean Yeong via LifeHacker
Averagely, the human brain is just 2% the mass of the body, but it consumes 20% of the total energy to function optimally. That’s how much our brain is working to allow us to live a normal life. But for it to work, our brain actually ignores almost 85% of information it collects by putting them into autopilot, due to our limited energy and limited ability to make decisions consistently.
This basically means over 85% of what we do from day to day are our habits. Without the mechanism of forming habits, we will probably never exist due to the insufficient energy to support the functioning of our brain.
Most of us know the importance of breaking bad habits and building good habits. However, not all routines and habits are equal. Some habits provide a better leverage than the others. If you’re thinking to turn your life around and searching for good habits to practice, you will probably find hundreds if not thousands of them on the Internet. The problem is, we all have a finite resource, which is time.
Instead of picking up every good habit from drinking a glass of water once I get up from bed to squatting for 20 minutes a day, I become obsessed with the habits practiced by successful people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and many of them. And here are 3 most important routines and habits they are spending their time on.
1. Read Every Day
Books are my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey
Reading literally changed my life. I usually describe reading as time traveling because you are learning a new idea or an important piece of insight in 20 minutes that probably took the author 20 years to figure out. The best time management technique is to pick the brain of people who have been where you want to be, and reading is a solid way to do so.
There are many other billionaire entrepreneurs and leaders practice extreme reading routine:
- Bill Gates reads about 1 book per week, which add up to about 50 books per year.
- Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day.
- Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads 2 hours a day.
- Billionaire entrepreneur David Rubenstein reads 6 books a week.
I suggest you allocate 30 minutes to an hour each day to read. I’m not leaning to either side of physical books or digital materials. It’s your personal preference to pick whichever medium that works best for you. Instead, spend the time to consciously select the type of materials you’re reading.
There are notable differences in the reading habits of successful people and the average. In the book Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, Thomas Corley pointed out that successful people usually read for self-improvement, education, and success; while the others read primarily to be entertained.
Don’t just read anything, opt for educational books and publications over unrelated news and entertainment magazines…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE