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These Successful People Have Controversial Habits

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MUNICH, NETRALNEWS.COM - These are some of the controversial habits of successful people.

Not caring about opinions. Sam Walton was robbing around the floor of a retail store on a business trip in Brazil to measure the width between the aisles and see if those guys knew something he didn’t. He was thrown in jail and had to be bailed out.

Caring a lot about opinions. Amanda Palmer stood in a square dressed as a bride every day for months, smiling at everyone who walked by. Google asks every one of their users for feedback, all the time. Wordpress releases new features daily, and if one breaks, they wait to see if people complain before fixing them.

Setting goals. Noah Kagan has reverse engineered every one of his 7-figure businesses. $1 million in revenue, $300 per sale, 3,333 units. He even put it on a dashboard for everyone to see. Jack Ma focused on getting one billion customers for Alibaba.

Setting no goals. Richard Branson’s first visit to Necker Island was a complete ruse to impress his future wife. He had no intent to buy it (at first) and was thrown off the island. When his return flight was cancelled, he started Virgin Atlantic. HP’s first product was an indicator for bowling alleys, American Express originally transported mail and the founders of Sony founded first, then brainstormed ideas.

Reading a lot. Bill Gates has said libraries had a big impact on him, even as a kid, and in early Microsoft years he’d take reading retreats. Elon Musk read two books per day as a kid. Warren Buffett spends 4–6 hours reading each day.

Reading nothing at all. Gary Vaynerchuk claims to have written more books than he’s read. We only know of one book Steve Jobs claimed had influenced him: The Innovator’s Dilemma. Kanye doesn’t read, even though his main job is writing clever lines.

More sleep. Arianna Huffington, LeBron James, Jeff Bezos all like to get a solid 7–9 hours a night. More sleep = more rest = more productive day.

Less sleep. Gary Vee, Jack Dorsey, Martha Stewart, Mozart, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Voltaire, all routinely only got 4–6 hours of sleep. That means they had more time to do stuff. An extra hour or two of work each day go a long way.

Never quitting. J.K. Rowling was turned down by over 10 publishers before Harry Potter was accepted. Andrea Bocelli played the piano at bars until he was 33 years old. J. R. R. Tolkien published The Lord of the Rings when he was 63 years old.

Always quitting. Edison threw 1000s of experiments into the trash. Marylin Monroe quit being a pin-up to be a model and quit being a model to be an actress.

These are all polar opposites, yet they all work.

Why is that? Because there is no such thing as the one set of habits of successful people.

If anything, successful people gravitate towards the extreme ends of these spectrums - or even pull from both sides, depending on the situation.

In the end, there’s only one thing successful people share: they know who they are.

They know how they work, why they work, what makes them tick, how they perform best and what they can do long enough to win. And that will be entirely different for every single successful person you know.

Including you.


Niklas Göke answers in Quora.