How The Top 1% Teach Us About Self-Love

Billionaires teach us about self-love in a countless and surprising ways.

They may have the most comfortable lives most of the time. Yet, they are aware of the huge responsibilities that have been placed on their shoulders since their last names bear weight.

Little did you know that the higher your reputation is, the higher the stakes are. The more wealth you have, the higher the chances of facing more complex problems, tougher challenges, and more often than not, struggle to have a good night’s sleep.

Therefore, it’s a need for them to take care of their well-being by doing things that allows them to experience positive feelings. Whatever they may be.

No ordinary human being can stay motivated in a highly stressful life. It’s no surprise that they value and treasure self-love more than anything else even by following simple life rules. In other words, living like a billionaire doesn’t have to be extravagant and complicated.

11 Simple Ways Billionaires Teach Us About Self-Love

  1. Spare your weekends from work.
  2. Work only during your business hours.
  3. Give yourself a seasonal break.
  4. Give time for self-reflection.
  5. Learn meditation.
  6. Stop trying to control the uncontrollable.
  7. Celebrate your successes, big or small!
  8. Read.
  9. Muster courage by taking action.
  10. Make sure you’re physically exhausted daily.
  11. Get enough sleep.

1. Spare your weekends from work.

Learn how to set boundaries between your work and personal life. That means you have to turn down any business appointments on weekends to spend time with your family and friends and to have fun.

Why do you need to spare a few days off every week away from work?

When your business relies on your creativity, whether you’re an artisan or a CEO, your good and strategic decision-making rely on how well your mental health is. A depressed CEO can’t run his company at the same level before, nor a burned-out artisan with his masterpiece.

Do you get what I’m saying?

Important tip:

 

Learn how to set boundaries between your work and personal life. And it’s not even a request.

 

2. Work only during your business hours.

As I said earlier, set boundaries between work and play. Though there’s nothing wrong with sacrificing our personal needs for the sake of our business, but it’s never right to compromise our health for the sake of it.

Never allow yourself to get swamped with tons of business-related work constantly to such extent that it compromises your time with your family and yourself. Of course, you love your job, you love what you do. But it’s not an excuse to ignore your needs and the people you truly care for.

Of course, you need to do more hard work to earn more, right? But that does not mean you disrespect your body’s need to relax, reflect, and plan daily.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, and Square, follows the same principle. He does this in a day-to-day routine. He has a specific task for Monday, Tuesday, and the rest of the week. SPECIFIC.

“The more you set a cadence around what you do and the more ritual and the more consistency you can build in your schedule, the less stress you’re doing to have,” Dorsey told Business Insider.

Important tip:

 

Create your own official business hour to divide your time for your family and your business. Never switch them or else you compromise either of the two aspects of your time. Remember, family and business are both time-consuming. So, better divide it.

 

3. Give yourself a break.

Have vacation. Allow yourself to enjoy life. Give yourself a break without feeling guilty for being unproductive for a temporary time. What you’re doing is giving your brain the time to recharge to function better.

For someone like Bill Gates, everyone knows how much he values the time of being alone. He goes to his secret hideout away from everyone to read books and to find some inspiration for his future projects.

Therefore, spending a week without the business in mind is living a billionaire’s lifestyle. Explore other things. Be curious about other non-business-related activities as long as you’re allowed to.

Important tip:

 

Spend time with your family with a hundred percent attention. Meet with your friends. Do something relaxing and chilling to regain that business motivation when you resume that mode.

 

4. Give time for self-reflection.

Have you been procrastinating lately? Have you ever thought why?

Creative people tend to push ourselves to the limits without knowing or, at least, being aware of what our body tells us. We are laser-focused on accomplishing goals to gratify our unconscious need for approval.

However, our conscious self fails to determine the root cause of having no sense of direction. We only then identify ourselves as failures, which consequently brings harm to us, such as developing anxiety and later, depression.

If we only give ourselves the time to step back and pause for a while, it could have made a lot of difference with how we lead our day-to-day life. To become more effective and successful with our creative businesses, we need to spare a few minutes every day to reflect and be present. Otherwise, the success we desire is like dreaming to reach the stars.

It becomes unreachable.

Important tip:

 

Have a journal with you and write down random thoughts you have during the day. If businesses and major companies do a SWOT analysis, why would you not?

When you go back to these entries, you’ll realize how far you’ve gone from Day 1 and know where you are right now. Not yesterday or tomorrow.

 

5. Learn meditation.

If you want to copy Steve Jobs’ success, learn how to meditate. He meditates most of the time. The result?

He only established one of the biggest companies in the world and created MacBook, iPhone 4, 5, 6, 7, and later 8. If one of the iconic geniuses in history does this, why does an average person like us find it hard to do the same thing?

Geoffrey James published an article on Inc. about Steve Jobs and his meditative lifestyle. He wrote, “Jobs wasn’t just a technology visionary. He pioneered an iconoclastic management theory.”

Jobs’ ultimate secret to his meaningful work and contribution to the world is being mindful and embracing mindfulness, which opposes the norm among others of his status.

He added that recent studies have shown that practicing meditation in daily life, especially for someone like Jobs, makes him grounded and more effective and creative.

In my case, I meditate through prayers and journaling, as they allow me to think about things I often miss simply because my mind was too preoccupied. Although it requires a lot from me to make it a habit, I have been trying to do these things to help myself, to help me change my attitude towards life and other people.

Important tip:

 

Reserve some minutes to meditate daily. The best way you can do this is when you wake up. Before you get up in bed, spend time doing some yoga exercises, without thinking about your work and your household concerns. If not, spend time outside and have a walk and breathe some fresh morning air.

 

6. Stop trying to control the uncontrollable.

Tom Horley, who is the author of Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, emphasized the wealthy people’s mindset towards things.

He revealed what most people around him think and do. According to him, there is a higher tendency among this group to focus on what they can control and eliminate the uncontrollable ones. They are so convinced that by doing this, they will have a higher chance to live happily, peacefully, and positively.

It’s innate for human beings to seek pleasure over pain. We are often uncomfortable when someone does something that displeases us. Am I right?

It’s okay that you’re upset because of what others had done. But it’s morally unlawful to try to control everything around us for the sake of our own happiness and avoid pain. By trying to keep things and others under our control will only bring us nothing but stress that will eventually become unprecedented illnesses most people consider “normal” nowadays.

Just stop. And pause for a second. Ask yourself, “Is the situation that bad to feel upset or anger or resent or not?”

Important tip:

 

You don’t have to stress yourself over uncontrollable things like your clients, family’s decisions, business-related, and so on. Just focus on things you can control and accomplish as much as you could do today. Don’t mind too much of what happened or what will happen the next day. Keep your mind on what’s going on at this moment.

 

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7. Celebrate your successes, big or small!

Whenever you achieve something, whether you finished your first product prototype, or you have earned $500 this week from your shop, it should be celebrated. It doesn’t have to be measured by the scale we created to know who’s better than someone else.

Look. You made an effort to achieve that goal, so it’s not abnormal or pathetic to be happy even in the smallest things we do every single day. Look at a child. Do you think he’s smiling and oozing positive vibes around him because he bought his parents home? No.

A child laughs at their mistakes and moves on, and his smiles are contagious just because his mom bought him an ice cream. Remember, you were once a child.

Do you remember memories of yourself laughing and having fun?

How did it feel to you?

Do you have this feeling of going back to that time and leave this miserable adulthood?

Important tip:

 

Reward yourself if you have goal/s achieved. Reinforce your journey towards your entrepreneurial success with rewards to keep you going.

 

8. Read.

If you can read a book per day, that’s great. In my case, I do that monthly sporadically, unfortunately, but I’m working on that.

Anyway, the more books you read, the better the rewiring that happens in your brain. Aside from it scientifically stimulates your creativity, it de-stresses you at the same time.

Take a look at Warren Buffet, well, you know him, he’s one of the most strategic businessmen and notable billionaires in this era. But take a glance at his activity during his break time. He says that the most effective way to de-stress is to read more books, fiction or non-fiction. He even loves fast food and has been eating them for his delight.

Why do you think he’s doing that? Do you think Buffet is being childish?

Reading detaches you momentarily from your present and allows you to immerse in the imagination of the author. If it’s non-fiction, you enter the world of thoughts and philosophies the author created to challenge the truth we know. Simple.

Important tip:

 

If you want to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs, make reading a healthy habit. Buy a book every month or once a week, and make sure you read your book every day.

 

9. Muster courage by taking action.

If you have something to worry about, even a small speck of thing in your business and in your household, for example, that means you have not done something to it. Worry is a result of inaction.

This is how Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, thinks about his huge company. Earning 70.5 billion this year as his net worth, he assumed that if there is something that worries him, he has to take a look at that “worry” and resolve it immediately.

This is true. If you feel like you haven’t done anything, you find worrying as the best resolve. Your anxiety blinds you from seeing the reality and sooner, you will be consumed by it. As we all know, depression is never developed overnight. It’s a slow and constant process of living in a negative loop.

So, if you are worried about anything right now, as I mentioned earlier, pause. Take a step back, meditate, or write a journal entry. It doesn’t have to be written by hand because you could also do that digitally. Do what works for you.

The point is, when you start to see those thoughts become words, you’re allowing yourself to process them and gain new and profound insight, which is impossible when your attention is absent.

arlier, set boundaries between work and play. Though there’s nothing wrong with sacrificing our personal needs for the sake of our business, but it’s never right to compromise our health for the sake of it.

Never allow yourself to get swamped with tons of business-related work constantly to such extent that it compromises your time with your family and yourself. Of course, you love your job, you love what you do. But it’s not an excuse to ignore your needs and the people you truly care for.

Of course, you need to do more hard work to earn more, right? But that does not mean you disrespect your body’s need to relax, reflect, and plan daily.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, and Square, follows the same principle. He does this in a day-to-day routine. He has a specific task for Monday, Tuesday, and the rest of the week. SPECIFIC.

“The more you set a cadence around what you do and the more ritual and the more consistency you can build in your schedule, the less stress you’re doing to have,” Dorsey told Business Insider.

Important tip:

 

If you suddenly feel worried, pause for a moment, and ask yourself, “Why am I feeling like this?” “What made me feel like this?” “Who made me feel like this?”

Try to step back and continue asking these questions. You’ll see a big difference in how you handle even the most difficult situations in your life.

 

10. Make sure you’re physically exhausted daily.

Your body is a vessel of your soul and the earth. This is the striking concept I got when I listened to Kerygma TV, a televised Catholic feast of Bo Sanchez. He said that you can’t live on earth as a soul. You need a body. So, better take care of it.

It is already scientifically proven that exercising affects the hormones that are responsible for creativity, depression, anxiety, stress, and other unhealthy mental outcomes. I remember Kim Jong Kook, a South Korean singer and entertainer, advised people to stay fit. At least, by making sure you’re exhausted physically and not only mentally to keep the body balance.

Important tip:

 

Get sweat. Move around. Get physical to get rid of the toxins from your body. By engaging in vigorous physical activities at least for a few days a week will help rewire your mind through the hormones at work.

When you’re too stationary, your body unnecessarily releases higher doses of stress hormones even for simple problems, leaving you annoyed or become irrational and irritable more often than not. By increasing your physical movements daily or a few times per week, you’re more likely to feel good about yourself and towards others. Your mood becomes stable, and your mind seems to choose to ignore being pathetic.

If you noticed that you’ve been feeling like this for quite some time, try considering physical fitness. You don’t need to go to the gym. Just do brisk walking around your village or walking with your pet while having fun. They’re enough.

 

11. Get enough sleep.

The lack of sleep often results in an unhealthy mindset and an unhealthy brain. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true! You need to get at least eight hours of sleep every night to rejuvenate the stressed-out body. Remember, you need to take care of your vessel to run the business effectively.

Arianna Huffington once shared that she experienced the ill effects of sleep deprivation physically. And for that same reason, it motivated her to install nap rooms in her office for her employees because she understood how one’s sleep and productivity interconnect.

Important tip:

 

Sleep at least 8 hours of sleep or at least one hour before your usual sleeping time. If you sleep 12 at midnight, sleep 11 pm. Then, wake up after 8 to 10 hours. Respect your body or else it will give you more problems later on.

 

Final Thoughts – Do Billionaires Teach Us About Self-Love?

If you think the ways billionaires do for self-care that I mentioned are too easy to be believable, it’s your choice. They revealed it, so it’s up to you to do the same thing as they did and find out which of these work for you.

Like I said from the beginning, living like them, the top 1%, the elite, whatever you call them, doesn’t have to be extravagant and complicated.

Remember this.

Before you dream of success and wish that it comes to you and loves you, you need to be prepared first. It won’t be easy. That’s for sure because we’re talking about making new habits here.

Learn the step-by-step process to lessen the impact of negativity slowly but surely. Repeat the process until you finally free yourself from your never-ending unhealthy habit. 

Am I making sense to you?

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Thank you very much, beautiful and creative humans! 

 

See you next time!

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