15 Daily Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs (2/5)
Welcome to the second post in our five part blog series, which features some really inspiring entrepreneurs! Last week, we spoke to Troy Osinoff, Estil Wallace, and James Hunt, about their entrepreneurial journeys and the habits that have contributed to their success. The guys offered some really valuable insights and advice to the Buckets community, but don’t worry if you missed it, you can catch up over here.
This week, we’ve got the insider scoop on the habits and routines of three more entrepreneurs who are making waves in the startup space. So, whether you need some inspiration, motivation, or just a swift kick up the backside to get you into gear — you’ll find it in this post!
with Nicole Wallace, Co-founder of Undelay.io
Nicole co-founded undelay.io with her husband, Estil, whom we featured last week. We got in touch with Nicole to get her own personal insights into what’s made their business a success.
After learning about how Nicole developed her career as an entrepreneur, I soon discovered that this lady is a total badass. And I don’t say that lightly. Nicole has the work/family balance situation completely nailed down and her dedication to both is inspiring. Many parents would panic at the thought of managing a growing business with a newborn in tow; but not Nicole.
“When I had my daughter, there was no such thing as maternity leave. As a startup, we didn’t have the luxury of replacing me. To paint a picture, my daughter was born 6 weeks early and had to spend 2 weeks in the NICU. My husband and I spent all day in that NICU with her, working 8–10 hour days with our laptops. During the first few months of parenthood, I struggled to find the balance of being a parent and business owner. But failure wasn’t an option. I had to adapt.”
After a year of trial and error, Nicole soon learned that consistency was one of the key ingredients for managing her hectic home life whilst continuing to thrive as a successful entrepreneur.
“It didn’t happen overnight, but now over a year later, I have perfected a few skills that make it possible for me to be a successful full time stay-at-home parent and entrepreneur.
What I learned is this: Children thrive on consistency, and so does a successful business.
So I developed a routine and a schedule that makes it easy for both my family and my company to depend on me for certain things at certain times of the day. My kid has a set schedule from the time she wakes up to when she goes to bed. She can count on me for that. Same for my team. They have set windows of time when they know they can rely on me to be online. Next, I learned to delegate a lot of my day to day responsibilities to my employees so I could focus on the high level executive priorities. This forced me to brush up on my organization, managerial and communication skills.”
Nicole’s positive experience as a full-time parent and entrepreneur is proof that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, once you have a solid and consistent plan in place to do so. If you’d like to have a one-to-one chat with Nicole, just check in with her over on Twitter at @nicolewallace11.
Be Grateful Every Single Day
with Leonard Kim of LeonardKim.com
Just a few years ago, Leonard almost ended up homeless because he couldn’t afford to pay his rent. Today, he’s an industry leader who has amassed huge following in addition to the respect of his peers. When he’s not writing top articles for Quora or delivering inspiring talks at events across the country, Leonard helps others to develop their own personal brands with his company — Influence Tree.
Leonard has really worked his way up the ranks in his career and he puts a lot of his success down to the power of positive thinking. This is a guy who’s seen some difficult times and found this way through — all because he found a way to believe and trust that he could. This where his habit of being grateful every single day began.
“Every morning, after I wake up, I think of at least five things I’m grateful for. Sounds stupid, I know. I thought the exact same thing when I first tried it out. But I was at a low point in my life and I really had nothing to lose, so I figured I may as well stick to it.
After about three weeks, the power of positivity started to impact my life. My quality of life improved, I attracted better people, then my life catapulted to where I am today, an entrepreneur whose expertise is sought after by not only thought leaders, but leading media publications. Because each of my mornings start with gratitude, it stays with me all the way through, creating a positive mindset throughout the entire day. That kind of positivity is absolutely priceless and the results are unreal.”
Leonard is one of the good guys, and it’s easy to see why. Don’t forget to catch up with him over Twitter @mrleonardkim — his tweets are just as inspiring as his journey has been.
with Chris Reynolds of The Entrepreneur House
We were pretty excited to talk to Chris after seeing what he’s been doing with The Entrepreneur House. Chris is a seasoned digital nomad and he set up the project as a workation for entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other in a community environment. The project has been a great success so far; upcoming destinations include Barcelona and the ever-popular Chiang Mai!
Chris is a pretty busy guy and he told us that goal setting has been a massive part of his success as an entrepreneur.
“Hands down the number one thing is a structured goal setting system. Each quarter I create four goals. A mental/business goal, a physical goal, an emotional goal and a spiritual goal. Each of these goals represent a balanced life. Each of these goals are something that makes me stretch in that area of my life. I then take the quarterly goals and break them down into monthly goals, weekly goals and daily goals. This gives me a day to day process that keeps me on target. I have been using this system for nine years.
The next thing is to set HUGE goals. Goal that are bigger than yourself, goals that fuel your desire to work through the challenges. Goals that make you think ‘If I accomplish this goal, it would be the coolest thing ever!’”
Like Leonard, Chris is a huge advocate of positivity and he also believes in the power of surrounding yourself with a supportive community.
Surround yourself with people that support you and your goals. This is essential! Negative people will suck the dreams right out of you. Stay away and surround yourself with positive and supportive people. The last thing is to NEVER give up. Never, ever, ever give up. Taking a break is okay, but never give up on yourself and your dreams.”
If you’d like to get in touch with Chris and learn more about his journey, just send him a message over on Facebook.
Don’t Go Anywhere! (for long)
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the blog for the next installment of our entrepreneurial series — we’ve some pretty exciting peeps lined up for you guys! In the meantime, why not say Hi over on Twitter at @bucketsdotco. We’d love to hear from you!