Billionaires didn’t achieve success by mere luck. Instead, they got there by developing good habits which are powerful tools that can be used to reach certain goals in areas like health, fitness, money, relationships etc.
Emulating their habits will not guarantee you become a billionaire; however it will help you become more productive and successful in your life endeavours.
Below are some billionaire habits you can develop:
- They Wake up Early and Exercise: Nigerian billionaires make the best use of time by waking up early, thereby creating time for other priorities. Exercising is also part of the morning routine because that is when testosterone levels are high. It has other benefits such as strengthening the heart, and playing a major role in increased energy, positivity, and stress management.
Research shows that exercising early in the morning will help boost memory, concentration and mental sharpness – which are traits that can have a big influence on career and success.
Femi Otedola, in an interview, said he wakes up around 6:30am every morning and heads to the gym for 1 hour.
Aliko Dangote wakes up before 5:30am and goes on a 10 kilometer run.
- They Network/Politick/Follow Up: Nigerian billionaires know how to network. This gives them the opportunities to have exclusive rights to many things that are not offered to ordinary individuals; Speaking engagements, trips, best of meals, private and public events, and most importantly the ability to push their ideas forward by meeting the right people.
The truth is they are also good at politicking because they know that political leaders make policies that will affect their businesses. So, they get involved.
- They are Learners: Nigerian billionaires read a lot. They just don’t read for entertainment, they study trends, concepts and apply what they have learnt to become successful.
To show how much of a reader he is, Tony Elumelu, on World Book Day, recommended 5 books that have had a huge impact on his life.
- Outliers by Malcom Gladwell,
- The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from 19th to 21st Century by R.M. Lala,
- Think Big by Ben Carson,
- Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer, and
- Shall We Tell The President by Jeffrey Archer
What they watch also matters. Aliko Dangote spends his time watching a lot of business channels such as Bloomberg TV. Doing this gives him insightful information into global business.
- They Diversify: Nigerian billionaires are experts at diversifying major things in their life. They diversify their sources of income/products, they diversify the countries they invest in, and they diversify the people they surround themselves with.
Mike Adenuga has investments in Oil, Telecoms, Real Estate, and Banking sectors.
Femi Otedola has investments in Oil, Shipping, Real Estate, amongst other sectors.
- They surround themselves with Smart People : There is a saying “you are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with”. Nigerian billionaires surround themselves with the smartest people ranging from strategists, advisers, accountants, and fellow billionaires who they continually brainstorm with on ideas to keep expanding their frontiers.
Aliko Dangote once hosted his friends – Femi Otedola, Tunde Ayeni, Donald Duke, Segun Awolowo and Niyi Adebayo on his yacht to celebrate the Salah holidays.