Routine–A Common Trait In High Achievers

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2,500 years ago, there was a man of incredible strength roaming the hills of southern Italy. His name was Milo of Croton and he was able to lift an entire bull on his shoulders. 

It is said that Milo built his incredible strength through a simple routine:

One day, a newborn calf was born near Milo’s home. He decided to lift the small animal up and carry it on his shoulders. The next day, he returned and did the same. Milo continued this routine for the next 4 years, hoisting the calf onto his shoulders each day as it grew, until he was no longer lifting a calf, but a 4-year-old bull. 

Now, here’s the thing: A lot of us have unique talents too! But, our talents go waste–because we don’t have daily routines. 

Daily routines help people maximize their potential and become incredible achievers.

A few examples:

  1. Warren Buffett reads at least 3 annual reports or company prospectuses (a couple of hundred pages each) every day. When asked how to get smarter he held up a stack of paper and said. “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.”
  2. When John Grisham first began writing, he still had his day job as a lawyer. To pursue his goal of writing he set himself a simple target: to write one page each day. Sometimes this page appeared in just ten minutes, while other days it took one or two hours. Regardless, he stuck to his routine and finished that page before he started his day’s work (as a lawyer).

Refer to the 2 articles below to know about the routines of a few high achievers who made a huge impact on the world.

Key Insight

The secret to being a high achiever: Have a daily routine!

Lifehack

BusinessInsider

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