You know, there are good habits and bad habits, but here are some good ones that might change your life, as they did change mine.
#1: Pay yourself first
This is a very important one, the effects compound!
Take a % out of every paycheck and invest in yourself. It can be anything – your personal growth, a key upgrade, further education or teach yourself new skills.
What you can also do is if you don’t need the money in the short term, pay yourself financially by investing it and make the money grow. Turn $1000 into $6700 in 20 years at a 10% annual return.
Don’t think too much about it, just make this a default option before you spend it away on credit card bills and other payments – you will thank yourself in a decade.
#2: Give first, then receive
This applies to most social and business situations. Always be giving – give away free information, free resources, free help, free donations, free gifts, free hugs or free kisses.
The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want!
The more you help them, the more successful they are, the bigger their network and the easier for them to help you be successful.
Be a fountain, not a drain
Similarly, in the corporate world, the more value you provide, the more you’re worth to the company. Whenever I am just starting out, especially if I am an intern, I always want to help others as much as possible without expecting anything in return.
Remember, in order to get what you want, learn to give it first.
#3: Move fast and be open to change
In order to adapt to this rapidly changing world, you need to stay updated on market trends and technological changes or you will be quickly be living like a mountain turtle.
We are no longer living in the 70s and 80s where a radical technological change might happen once a decade. Today, the rate of change is increasing, the adoption curve is steepening and new opportunities can be knocking on your door every day without you even noticing it.
What this means is that once you missed the boat, it’s very difficult to play catching up because of how fast things are moving. In ten years, we’ve seen the rise of data and growth of artificial intelligence, introduction of electric vehicles like Tesla, the rise of social media and live streaming, a suite of cloud computing applications, e-commerce, digital healthcare, fiber optics, QR payments and more.
I like to keep in the know of the latest happenings through news feeds or news aggregators. Pick some important topics you care about and aggregate them into a feed – it could be social media like Twitter or a RSS reader. Read them every day on your commute to work or before you start your day.
You’d not only get fresh perspectives but also make yourself more interesting in conversations with others!
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
What are some other habits that have changed your life?