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21 Billionaire Secret Habits to Success

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I have read over a hundred books and watched over tens of thousands of interviews of the most successful people in the world (interviews, speeches, compilations, etc.). I am not saying this to brag. I am saying it to give you some credibility on why you should listen to me. 

You tend to pick up on some common themes after going through so many. I decided to create a minimalist outline of the core things I have found that can increase your chances of achieving success and wealth. It ended up being longer than I thought. I went into a little detail to give you a couple real life examples to show you I actually know what I am talking about. Prepare to learn the billionaire secrets to success in life and the habits of millionaires. 


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Billionaire and Millionaire Success Habits

Before we begin, I think it’s important to define “success” as it is a broad and vague term. By success, I mean the desired amount of money you’re after and achieving your goals while staying happy. If you’re interested in doing this while not having regrets (like sacrificing time with your family), I cover that in other articles.

  1. Meditation or a meditative-like practice
    1. Tim Ferriss is a huge supporter of this. In his podcast, which has over 100 million downloads, he’s found that most of the top performers he interviews meditates or has a meditative-like practice. 
    2. Meditation has been shown scientifically to help with your:
      1. Focus.
      2. Willpower.
      3. Emotional stability. 
      4. Ability to separate from distractions and operate out of stillness (LL Cool J to Biggie Smalls to Jay Z had this).
      5. Stress management.
      6. Happiness.
    3. A meditative-like practice can be one that simply keeps your mind on the task when it tries to drift to thoughts, like a sport.  
  2. Enthusiasm
    1. Even for the lowliest of positions or occupations you have to take (unpaid intern or janitor)
      1. ““If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” -MLK
    2. Napoleon Hill spent his life studying the richest people in the world in person. He found this to be a key trait in rich people.
  3. Form Great HabitsThe Power of Habit Book Summary & Review: How To Form A Good Habit
    1. The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken
    2. The younger you form them the better. The older you get, the harder it is to form and break habits.
  4. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
    1. This doesn’t mean to have an extreme, unrealistic optimism at all times. You can have a dose of realism. It means staying positive when times are tough so you can persevere.
    2. Another Napoleon Hill success pattern.
  5. Do unto others as you would them do until you.
    1. Be NICE to people. Be friendly. Be positive. Having a pleasing personality is huge.
  6. Give as much value to others freely without expecting anything in return (short term and long term)
    1. Give your music, give your craft, give your services, give your time, give your energy, etc. In time, the more competent you get at something, it will come back to you in one way or other, whether it is growing buzz about you or through connections.
    2. As a caveat, this is different from giving to others with a hidden agenda to get something back in exchange at some point. Read No More Mr. Nice Guy for great dysfunctional examples of this in relationships and dating. 
  7. Surround yourself with people better than you at what you want to accomplish
    1. If you want to be smarter, surround yourself with smarter people. If you want to be richer, surround yourself with rich people. The opposite holds true. People worse than you will drag you down to their average with time as you hang around them.
      1. “You are the average of the 5 people you hang around most”
    2. As a caveat, I have realized that people have different strengths and weaknesses (pros and cons). No one is perfect. What do you do if you have a friend who is great at making money but is a negative downer or has no social skills or social life? Ideally, you would want to find someone who is at least average in the other areas or is not bringing you down in other areas. If not, you want to hang around them only for events and situations where mainly their strengths shine. For instance, hang around people who are very good at being social for social events.
  8. Daily goal setting at least twice a day. Write them down in present tense. 
    1. Napoleon Hill says your purpose should be as definitive as possible. Sometimes, I feel you can’t have everything figured out and your purpose or career in life may not be crystal clear. However, you can still make your goal clear. For instance, my goal can be to test things out and find out what industry and career path if I don’t know what that is yet.
  9. Do work you are passionate about
    1. Ideally, you want to get to the point you are excited and jump out of bed to go do the work. There will be tough days for any job though.
    2. You want to consider how competent you are at this work or skill. If your potential for competence will never be there than this may not be what your calling is.
    3. I suggest listing out things you like and dislike about careers you test out to move towards things.
    4. Look for the alignment between something you enjoy, something you have the potential to be very competent at, and something that can pay you (to accomplish this last point and really squeeze the juice out of this, you may have to be very creative and/or very entrepreneurial)
    5. It makes it a lot easier to not give up because you enjoy it so much. You will keep going when others quit when times get tough.
  10. A willingness to fail and learn (a growth mindset) 
    1. As long as it’s not a big, unethical failure, such as one that lands you in jail or destroys your reputation, it’s fine. Do not fear failure or rejection. Don’t be so paralyzed you don’t act. 
    2. Many types of failure have very small bad consequences. We blow it out of proportion. Failure is often times useful and necessary to get to where you want to go. They are learning experiences to guide you. Many successful people have failed many times whether it was in business ventures, ideas, products, or computer programs.
    3. “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying.”
    4. One of the greatest problems is comfort of the mediocre. It is not so bad that it prompts you to take action and so you sit there doing nothing.
    5. Most of the most successful people in the world (Usher via MasterClass, Seth Godin via Tim Ferriss podcast, and many billionaires) have failed 10x more than the average person. That is what increases their chances of success. They try more. 
  11. Fast decision making once all the information is there.
    1. Napoleon Hill and Henry Ford both found that those who were unable to make a fast decision after all the resources were there usually failed to follow through and succeed in life.
    2. Some people know what to do but don’t take action. Some people accomplish nothing by never taking action on what they’re told. They believe they have but they’re not.
  12. Read a lot of the right books by the right people in the right industry/skillset you’re in. 
    1. If you’re not a big reader. Babystep it. Start with 1 page a day. Take your time. Like lifting weights, it is about consistency. I also suggest audiobooks.
  13. Self-control (willpower)
  14. Always go the extra mile and do more than you are paid for. 
    1. Napoleon Hill found this to be a key trait among the successful.
  15. Focus.
    1. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates say this is the number one thing. Focus on your craft and perfecting your skill is key. Warren and Bill focused intensely on computer programming and investing/accounting for years, which is what they say got them to where they are.
  16. Work with a team. Partner with people. BUT ABSOLUTELY make sure that these people are ethical. 
    1. You don’t have to do it all alone.
  17. Spend less than you make.
    1. Simple but more important advice for personal finance. The more you save, the more you earn.
  18. Take care of your body. You only get one.
    1. Nutrition – eat healthy foods. This is fuel for your body. There’s plenty of advice online
    2. Sleep – get as much as you need. I don’t use an alarm clock anymore.
    3. Stress – eliminate as much as you can. This is partially mindset too. I am striving for a personality that cannot be stressed out or knocked. This is how some of the longest living people are like.
    4. Exercise – I try to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic/cardio workout every day. This is key and this is what everyone needs to get to at the very least.
  19. Go to bed at least a little better every day than you woke up.
    1. Do this in a few key areas: Wiser (more knowledge), healthier (exercise/nutrition/etc.), and Richer (more money)
    2. Billionaire Charlie Munger has said you do this for being wiser. Kevin O’Leary has said you do this for more money.If you have the fortune of living to an old age, these investments compound. Every small piece of knowledge grows to something huge overtime.
  20. Work hard.
    1. Work and practice on your craft every day for hours. WORK ETHIC IS HUGE. If you can outwork your competition you are ahead. If you’re working while they’re sleeping or partying, you will get ahead in the long run even if you’re equally talented.
    2. Will Smith, Elon Musk, Gary Vaynerchuk have all admitted how they work 3x harder than their competitors. When you’re taking a break, they’re working.
  21. Help Others Succeed.
    1. “You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

Bonus Daily Routines of Successful People:

  1. Be present with people, your environment, and your work
    1. Give people your full attention. Don’t be thinking about the future, other things, or the past while you are with people. Be fully ENGAGED. Meditation helps with this.
  2. Be friendly, nice, and over-deliver. Establish good relationships with people.
    1. This will bring customer loyalty, which will bring people back, referrals, and more.
  3. Have a sense of humor, don’t take yourself too seriously and find some way to laugh everyday
    1. This can be done in multiple ways: surround yourself with one or more people who make you laugh a lot OR watch a lot of stand-up comedy.
    2. This has proven to help with your health, your healing of illnesses, your longevity and your happiness. There’s science behind this.
    3. Some people take failures or bad events way too seriously and it affects them too negatively.
  4. Wake up early and get things done before people even wake up.
    1. A lot of successful entrepreneurs have this routine. Most wake up quite early. (Not all of them depending on the industry. Some have to work at night)
  5. Start the day with working on your #1 priority
    1. Use the 4 quadrants technique: Organize things into these 4 categories and do it with this priority queue: urgent and important, important but not urgent, not important but urgent, and not urgent and not important. The last two can be skipped.
  6. Realize that the mind is a very changeable thing and you can change it for the better over time. Realize that the traits you admire in someone you can acquire for yourself. The things you respect in someone whether it is their hard work or trustworthiness or friendliness can be acquired for yourself.  
  7. Don’t Complain
    1. Learning about other people’s lives can help a lot with this. There are plenty of books out there of real life stories of people who have been born in the country you are with less opportunity who have gone on to do bigger things. A good one is The Glass Castle.
  8. Turn your weaknesses or differences into strengths
    1. I’ve seen this quite a few times from Arnold Schwarzenegger getting rejected for acting because of his accent and enormous physique to hip hop artists being rejected because hip hop was a new thing that was thought to be a fad and wouldn’t last long.
  9. Find mentors or people to model success after. Pick people who have already gotten there. Make sure you pick well. Honesty and ethics are a must in my opinion. This is VERY Important. I cannot tell you how many successful people, including billionaires, stress the importance of a mentor.
  10. Eliminate Limiting Beliefs.
    1. We all have a number of assumptions or beliefs that are oftentimes not true in reality or in certain situations. Find them, eliminate them, and you stop them from holding you back. One way of finding things is by starting from the bottom and figuring out what you know absolutely is true and what you think may be true but might not.
  11. Never Give Up
    1. A lot of people give up when times get tough. As Steve Jobs said in the one interview he had with Bill Gates, if you love doing something so much, you will keep going even though everyone else has quit because it is logically insane to keep going. And that’s when the breakthroughs happen. Persist. Persevere when others don’t.
  12. Realize that you control how you react to situations. You may not be able to control the stimuli or the environment but you can control your reaction to things.

Business-Focused Tactics on How To Become A Billionaire

  1. Make sure the product or service is really good. Always keep trying to make it better. You can do marketing but if your product sucks or is not good enough, customers will not stick.
    1. Billionaires Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, John Paul De Joria, and Jeff Bezos have said something similar.
    2. As a caveat, don’t be so honed in on perfection that you are paralyzed and never release anything. Sometimes, your first thing is crap but you release it to get things going.
  1. The customer is priority. Customers are #1. Do as much to give to your customer what they want as you can. Develop the best product or service the customer could want as possible
    1. Customer service is very important.
    2. Customers can sense if you really want to help them or are just after their money
    3. Employees are #2, and technically are also, #1. This is because how you treat your employees will reflect directly on how they treat their customers. I cannot stress how many times this has been mentioned by successful entrepreneurs. Notable people who have mentioned this include the billionaire Sam Walton and Lee Cockerell of Creating Magic.
  2. Find the right Business Partner. Take your time to really get to know this person. Ideally, spend years. This must be someone you can trust, fully understand, and is honest.
    1. You want your partner to ideally cover your shortcomings. If you are into business, he must be into something else like sales.
    2. I cannot stress how important this is. There are SO many entrepreneurs who have said this and embody this. There are so many successful businesses, some of them very recent, who emphasize this. This is because a business partnership is the core element of the business and if the partner leaves, betrays you, or takes the money and leaves, that could mean the end of the business. It is often not as easy as replacing the partner. This happens quite often.
    3. It is not a requirement that you know your partner for years and be best friends, but it is better so that you can really get a good sense of who they are. Also, this does NOT mean you partner with someone just because they are your best friend. Business is tough and has ended many friendships.
    4. There are dozens of examples of successful people who embody this. The following are pairs of billionaires who knew eachother for years: Paul Allen and Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Woz, Rich Devos and his best friend grew up together and fought in WW2.

This page is constantly being updated as I consume more advice, add more, and remove unnecessary things.

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The biggest problem with any advice that tells you how to be rich and successful is that it is usually not the information that is the problem. It is the execution of that knowledge. You may know the billionaire mindsets but it is tough to take action on it. That is why I recommend reading my post on how to form good habits.

What’s the 1 thing you will take action on RIGHT NOW?

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  • Are u a billionaire? be honest

  • nathaniel

    February 13, 2018

    People are always going to be negative and that’s just the way majority are. It wouldn’t be life without negativity and haters. I just want to say that I appreciate your articles and look forward to reading more of your stuff. This article really validated a lot of things for me.

  • Prasanna Kumar.P.M

    January 14, 2017

    Dear Mr. Will,
    I am going to 50 years old. Till now, I could not be Successful as a son, husband ,father and a business man.
    But, now I am sure that I also can success in life. Your articles are highly inspiring me and taught me how to transform totally to become a billionaire. Now I understand my mistakes and I strictly follow the lessons that you taught me. Thank you Mr. Will. God bless you.

    • Will

      January 14, 2017

      Thanks, I am glad to have inspired you. It is a tough journey for myself and I can only imagine your situation so I can’t guarantee I can help you (let alone myself), but I am glad what I’m sharing on my journey has inspired you. Keep going.

  • Van

    September 30, 2015

    Interesting article. A couple of comments:
    Sam Walton really talked about treating employees right? He must be rolling over in his grave then, cause Walmart is notorious for not treating their employees right with low wages, low benefits, irregular work hours, etc.
    Also, if hanging out with people who are worse than you will drag you down, then why would anyone better than you want to hang out? Wouldn’t you be dragging them down?

    • WillYouLaugh

      October 2, 2015

      It’s funny because in his book he actually says if things change, I will roll over in my grave.
      Your second question: It happens all the time. There’s so many ways a person can value you beyond just how smart you are. Maybe they feel inspired that you’re a hard worker. Maybe they like your positive attitude. Just to name a few.

    • WillYouLaugh

      November 22, 2015

      People are better and worse at you at different things. They’re multidimensional. I think you’re looking at “better” too singularly


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