What is that one big secret of being successful? There may never be one, or even if there is, we may never know. However, we can learn from the habits and practices of successful people on what makes them to be more than the usual.
With their extremely busy schedule in the world of decision-making and building strategies, successful people and millionaires do take time off their busy schedule to stay healthy and fit. They have adopted the right habits and have harnessed the power of fitness to stay healthy, productive, and efficient in their work and lifestyle.
Here are nine top successful folks who share their lifestyle choices and everyday practices that enable them to be efficient, productive, and most importantly stay fit.
Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of Mindtree
“I learned one ritual from Narayana Murthy and modified the timing — he does it at the end of the day, I do it in the beginning. I kneel down, calm my mind and recount the incidents of the previous day. I pause to reflect if I said or did something that wasn’t right, and seek forgiveness for each such action. It is cathartic. I have also added something to this practice — I take an additional couple of minutes to pray for someone’s well being. That someone is drawn randomly from the mind, literally on the spur of the moment. This ritual shifts my awareness from the self to the collective. Between the two rituals, the reliving and the prayer, I feel I am ready for the day.”
The Prime Minister of India, wakes up every morning at 5 am for an hour’s session of yoga. He completely avoids junk food and aerated drinks. He also makes sure to spend some time meditating before going to bed.
He shares with The Seattle Times that he considers reading at night to be “part of falling asleep”. He takes interest in reading books on topics ranging from public health to the history of shipping containers. He adds,
“I like to get seven hours of sleep. Even though it’s fun to stay up all night, maybe taking a red-eye flight, if I have to be creative I need seven hours. I can give a speech without much sleep, I can do parts of my job that way, but in thinking creatively, I’m not much good without seven hours.”
Anil Ambani enjoys running and jogging. He is famous for running marathons, a habit he took up late in life. Overweight at one point, Ambani shed almost one-third of his weight by running and making healthy eating choices.
Our favorite entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, says that he has appointed a personal trainer who helps him exercise at least five times a week. He is also known to conduct his one-on-one meetings while walking. Zuckerberg claims to be a vegetarian and says, “I eat meat only when I kill the animal myself”.
Marrisa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO follows just three simple rules:
- Never wake up later than 5:00 a.m.;
- Exercise for at least an hour each day; and
- Rigorously watch the YouTube video of TED Talk “The Art Of Stress Free Productivity” as many times as humanly possible.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder
Jack Dorsey likes to hit the gym on a regular basis. He also runs five kilometers daily and does six sets of 20 squats and pushups every day. Dorsey changed his diet from vegan to Paleo (a diet that advocates avoiding gluten, alcohol, dairy and sugar). He drinks lemon water and red wine, and avoids liquor on weekdays.
Padmasree Warrior, the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, meditates daily and spends her Saturdays doing a “digital detox.” In her previous role as Cisco’s head of engineering, Warrior oversaw 22,000 employees, and she told the New York Times in 2012 that taking time to meditate and unplug helped her to manage it all. She says, “It’s almost like a reboot for your brain and your soul,” she said. “It makes me so much calmer when I’m responding to e-mails later.”
Barack Obama, POTUS
“Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts. There’s always a tradeoff between sleep and working out. Usually I get in about 45 minutes, 6 days a week. I’ll lift one day and do cardio the next.”
Although we too are busy in our daily routine and work life, it is important that we dedicate a certain amount of time and focus on staying fit. The lifestyle choices have made a big impact in the lives of these successful people. It could do a greater impact in your life too. There’s no starting tomorrow or next week. Start today. As Paul Coelho says, “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now“