What Do Successful People Do At the Weekend?

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What better way to enjoy the weekend than to have a look at how some successful people like Benjamin Franklin, Jay Z, Tim Ferriss and Oprah Winfrey spend this time.

A key aspect of developing the right outlook on life is increasing our awareness and understanding of what it takes to get what we want to do. One of the main reasons we don't achieve what we want is simply that we don't know how to do it! In other words, we lack an awareness of the fundamentals that underlie success in life. That's why learning from these legends and how they apply these fundamental principles can be so powerful! We'll be exploring more of what these fundamental principles are and how they affect everything we do in the coming days and weeks.



1. Robert Iger - Wake up Early

The CEO of Disney is known for getting up at 4.30am every morning. Why? Because he wants to make the most of every day. Successful people don't stay in bed late on Saturdays and Sundays. They make every moment count because they have a belief in valuing their time. Get up early on a weekend and you've got a head start on the rest of the world! You'll feel great too - even though the little voice in your head may tell you not to do it! :-))


2. Oprah Winfrey: Practice Meditation

Forbes’ most powerful celebrity of 2013 and one of the wealthiest women in America still finds time to meditate for 20 minutes - twice a day! Being able to calm our minds, clear our heads and focus is no longer in the realms of the spiritual. It's becoming more and more vital in the corporate world as well as life in general and many are acknowledging the proven scientific benefits of mindfulness and meditation.


3. Jack Dorsey: Get Ready for the Week

The Twitter and Square co-founder is known for working 16 hours a day from Monday to Friday but says, “Saturday I take off. I hike. And then Sunday is reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.”


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4. Jay Z: Keep Pushing Yourself Every Day

He's built a $520 million empire and the secret is in his lyrics which clearly show his attitude and beliefs towards his success, “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” Jay Z didn’t get to where he is by only working five days a week.


5. Tim Ferriss - Set Simple & Clear Goals

It can be tempting to try and do as many things as possible at once, but how many times does that mean nothing gets done or it gets done at a much lower quality? Instead, keep things simple and set clear goals. Ferriss (as well as Steve Jobs) recommends setting a maximum of two goals or tasks per day to ensure productivity and accomplishments are aligned. Steve Jobs famously implemented this in his time at Apple to increase productivity.

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6. Benjamin Franklin - Have a Plan

This founding father of the United States is famous for having in his daily routine plan "What good shall I do today?" It was his attitude and belief to be clear about what he wanted to achieve. Many successful people plan their weekends so they can make the most of them. They treat weekends no differently to other days of the week, even planning their time for rejuvenation. The weekends are crucial to renew, not to be lazy! 🙂

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7. Anna Wintour: Exercise & Get Active

The Editor-In-Chief of Vogue plays tennis for an hour every day. Richard Branson goes kite-surfing. Successful people know that to stay at peak performance they need to look after their body and mind, that is their mindset! Developing their attitudes and beliefs is a fundamental principle of successful people and it's one we can all work on.

Weekends are no different to normal weekdays for exercise, only perhaps that they can fit more activities in! You can start simply with a 15 minute run or with an app like Fitstar on your smartphone.

We hope this has given you some inspiration and shown you how there are some very basic fundamentals in terms of the attitudes and beliefs you can develop that naturally shape your habits to become successful. Thank you to Emma Rushton for the inspiration for this article over on lifehack.org.

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