Highly Successful CEOs: 60 Habits Rediscovered

CEOs are both born and made. There is always a certain DNA of success for the top man in the organisation.

Highly Successful CEOS
Highly Successful CEOS

60 Habits of Highly Successful CEOs

Highly Successful CEOs:

  1. Adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with embracing the new and the unfamiliar.
  2. Align themselves with like-minded CEOs and leaders. They understand the importance of being part of a team. They create win-win relationships.
  3. Always ask the right questions at the right time – those which put themselves in a productive, creative, positive mindset and emotional state.
  4. Before you add value to your work and clients, add value to yourself by increase your knowledge. Make it a habit to learn new skills and information every day
  5. Consciously and methodically create their own definition of success, while others hope success will find them.
  6. Consistently do what they need to do, respective of how they are feeling on a given day. They don’t spend their life stopping and starting. More thinking than emotional.
  7. Deal with problems and challenges quickly and effectively, they don’t put their head in the sand. They face their challenges and use them to improve themselves.
  8. Desire to be exceptional means that they typically do things that most won’t. They become exceptional by choice.
  9. Don’t believe in, or wait for fate, destiny, chance or luck to determine or shape their future.
  10. Don’t hang out with toxic peers or staff.
  11. Don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.
  12. Don’t procrastinate and they don’t spend their life waiting for the ‘right time’. Take massive action is their motto.
  13. Don’t rationalize failure. While many are talking about their age, their sore back, their lack of time, their poor genetics, their ‘bad luck’, their nasty boss and their lack of opportunities (all good reasons to fail), they are finding a way to succeed despite all their challenges.
  14. Engaged, productive and proactive. While most are resting on their laurel, planning, over-thinking, sitting on their hands and generally going around in circles, they are out there getting the job done.
  15. Even if Highly Successful CEOs are not necessarily more talented than the majority, they always find a way to maximize their potential. They get more out of themselves. They use what they have more effectively.
  16. Excellent communicators and they consciously work hard to scale new height.
  17. Fearful of the unknown like everyone else, but they are not controlled or hampered by fear.
  18. Find a lesson in every challenge while others only see a problem.
  19. Finish what they start. While so many spend their life starting things that they never finish, successful people get the job done – even when the excitement and the novelty have worn off. Even when it ain’t fun.
  20. They have a Kind Soul. They take pleasure in helping others achieve.
  21. Happy to swim against the tide, to do what most won’t. They are not people pleasers and they don’t need constant approval.
  22. Have a big engine for self-motivation. They work hard and are not lazy.
  23. Have an off switch. They know how to relax, enjoy what they have in their life and to have fun.
  24. Have balance. While they may be financially successful, they know that the terms money and success are not interchangeable. They understand that people who are successful on a financial level only, are not successful at all. Like many other things, money is a tool. It’s certainly not a bad thing but ultimately, it’s just another resource. Unfortunately, too many people worship it.
  25. Have clarity and certainty about what they want (or don’t want) for their life. They frequently visualize and plan their best reality while others are merely spectators of life.
  26. Highly Successful CEOs always have a plan for their life and they work methodically at turning that plan into a reality. Their life is not a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes.
  27. Highly Successful CEOs are GENEROUS with their time and resources to make others as successful as them.
  28. Highly Successful CEOs are Life-long learners. They constantly work at educating themselves, either formally (academically), informally (watching, listening, asking, reading, student of life) or experientially (doing, trying)… or all three at the same time.
  29. Highly Successful CEOs Innovate rather than imitate other Highly Successful CEOs.
  30. Highly Successful CEOs make the tough decisions that most of us won’t and don’t.
  31. Highly Successful CEOs rarely complain (waste of energy). They believel all complaining does is put the complainer in a negative and unproductive state.
  32. Highly Successful CEOs take calculated risks – financial, emotional, professional, psychological.
  33. Humble and they are happy to admit mistakes and to apologize.
  34. They are confident in their ability, but not arrogant. They are happy to learn from others. They are happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.
  35. Identified their core values (what is important to them) and they do their best to live a life which is reflective of those values.
  36. Keep themselves in shape physically, not to be mistaken with training for the Olympics or being obsessed with their body. They understand the importance of being physically well.
  37. They are not all about looks, they are more concerned with function and health. Their body is not who they are, it’s where they live.
  38. Look out for new opportunities where others see nothing at all.
  39. Mix with rich company and friends
  40. More comfortable with their own company than most.
  41. More interested in being effective than they are in easy. While the majority look for the quickest, easiest way (the shortcut), they look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.
  42. More more gifted than most at managing their emotions. They feel human like we all do but they are not slaves to their emotions.
  43. More solution focused than problem-solving
  44. Multi-dimensional, amazing, wonderful complex creatures (as we all are). They realize that not only are they physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. They consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.
  45. Open to, and more likely to act upon the feedback given by people whom they don’t even like.
  46. Practice what they preach. They don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.
  47. When most would throw in the towel, they’re just warming up to bounce back stronger.
  48. Rich people don’t think what they can monthly or annually, they think about growing their fortune by the hour.
  49. They do not derive their sense of worth of self from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.
  50. Set higher standards for themselves (a choice we can all make), which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.
  51. Their career is not their identity, it’s their job. It’s not who they are, it’s what they do.
  52. They are Glass-half-full people – while still being practical and down-to-earth. They have an ability to find the good in every situation
  53. They are not afraid to take risks; calculated ones. They are persistent. Don’t give up on your goals, even if you failed. Even if money was lost in the process, take it as an experience and learn from it.
  54. They don’t play the blame game (what’s the point?). They take complete responsibility for their actions and outcomes (or lack of it).
  55. They reflect on the success you want and set goals to achieve it. After setting your goals, it is important to stay focused on them. Direct all your energy and commitment into achieving the goal
  56. They spend less than what you earn. They work really hard to achieve their goals. They put in a lot of effort and perseverance to achieve their dreams and always go one step further than ordinary employees
  57. Understand the importance of discipline and self-control. They are strong. They are happy to take the road less traveled.
  58. Very Ambitious; they want amazing results.  They consciously choose to live their best life rather than spending it on auto-pilot.
  59. While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.
  60. While many people are reactive, they are proactive. They take action before they have to.

By Andrew Chow

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Andrew Chow is known by his peers to be creative, energetic, insightful and a performer. His passion and forte are in digital marketing strategy, public relations counsel, branding communication and Enneagram. Andrew has a written a popuar series of books: Social Media 247, Public Relations 247 and Personal Branding 247. Andrew serves as the President of the Asia Professional Speakers in 2012 and aslo the associate lectuer in 7 different adult learning insitutions. The regional press and media have interviewed and featured Andrew for more than 300 times in the last 10 years.

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