Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)'s purpose is to help entrepreneurs achieve their full potential by enabling life-enhancing connections, designing shared experiences, and providing collaborative learning. A total of 233 EO-member companies were named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing, privately held companies. We asked these elite leaders about the habits that impact their success. Here's what they shared:
What's one important habit you've adopted that impacts your success?
"Getting up early and working out first-thing fuels me with energy and a positive attitude which trickles down throughout my entire day."
"I keep an iron curtain around my calendar, and I've learned to say 'no' more often. I carve out strategic time to think, which led to my twice-a-year personal retreat habit."
"I write down the three most important things that I must accomplish each day. Only when those three priorities are complete can I work on something else. And the three don't have to be business-related. Some days, one of the top three is to call my mom or take my wife to lunch."
"To continually have a mentor and be a mentor. I've learned incredible things on both sides of mentorship."
"I've learned how to unpack issues and get to root causes. It's easy to look at a big problem and get lost in it. When you break a problem down into its parts, you can separate the core issues from the symptoms of the issues. You can work on the core issues one at a time and improve your business. Being confident in my ability to do this allows me to stay calm in extremely stressful situations."
"I take daily walks without my phone. I let my mind wander, and I always come back refreshed and oftentimes with solutions to problems I'm facing."
"Perseverance. Keep asking questions until you have the answer you need."
"Constant learning. Books, podcasts, lectures, peers--whatever the format, I'm all about continuous learning. My goal is to never stop, always keep an open mind, and always embrace 'adaptation.'"
"I prioritize company culture because I know what it's like having two full-time jobs--one professionally and one raising my three boys. I always try to keep my team in mind before making big company decisions."
"Quarterly planning meetings and thinking in the 90-day sprint mindset keeps us focused on what matters most."
"I've developed a morning and daily routine that I've stuck with for three years now that has made all the difference. Meditation, affirmations, reading, exercise, journaling, and taking time to use my imagination daily to envision how things could and will be."
"Choosing to operate from a place of opportunity and abundance, rather than scarcity and fear. By focusing on what others need and creating amazing experiences for those around me, I'm energized to push through difficult situations and achieve success."
"Honoring priorities. Talk the talk and walk the walk. If it counts, make it count. Sometimes this can force you to be uncomfortable, but if you know when to say no and commit to meeting each day with courage, that's success."