It's no secret that people like Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey are uber-achievers in the world of business, amassing both great wealth and fame. However, many wonder just what it is that makes these individuals so successful.
Denise Baron is a real estate agent, PR entrepreneur and lifestyle and wellness educator who has worked with many of the nation's rich and famous. According to Baron, “The successful are super-focused and obsessively organized. Many have extensive help to manage their lives such as an assistant, secretary, housekeeper, butler or chauffeur.”
Additionally, some of these business and technology superstars have daily routines and habits that they stick to fastidiously. Read on to learn how incredibly successful business people stay happy and healthy.
1. Warren Buffett
There's no denying that Warren Buffett, commonly known as the "Wizard of Omaha," is one of the most successful people alive. In fact, Forbes.com ranked Buffett as the second wealthiest man in America in 2015. Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett is also a highly successful investor and well-known philanthropist.
So, how does he stay so happy and healthy (and wealthy)?
Buffett, according to a MarketWatch article, likes to spend at least six hours a day reading newspapers and annual reports. According to Safal Niveshak, an Indian website for investors, Buffett also tends to keep to himself, opting to spend time alone or with a close inner circle of friends and family.
Founder and president of My Mom Knows Best, Josephine Geraci notes that success hasn't affected Buffett's core values. According to Geraci, “Warren Buffett always lived within his means, never cared what other people thought about him, followed his gut and found his happiness in life's simple pleasures—family, a modest home and an honest living."
2. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is a gifted engineer and successful inventor. CEO of SpaceX and the visionary architect behind Tesla Motors, Musk has always been an avid reader, according to an article by Inc. In fact, as a child, he sometimes read two books in a single weekend.
While his commitment to self-education has certainly paid off, Musk admits his eating habits are not always so admirable.
In a video interview by AUTO BILD TV, Musk said, “I think it's probably true that having a good breakfast is a good idea, but usually I don't have time for that. I'll have a coffee or something like that… and a Mars bar, sure. But I'm trying to cut down on sweet stuff.” Musk also admitted to drinking eight cans of Diet Coke and several large cups of coffee a day.
Additionally, Musk confessed to being something of a workaholic: “For a while there, I was just doing constant 100-hour weeks [in order to be the CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX], and that's definitely wearing. And now I'm kind of in the 80 to 90 [hours-per-week range], which is more manageable.”
Despite his hectic schedule, Musk does save time for leisure activities. According to his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Musk enjoys video games such as Bioshock, Fallout and Mass Effect, as well as classics like Civilization and Warcraft.
3. Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins, the No. 1 life and business strategist and NY Times' No. 1 best-selling author, is an example of a highly successful individual who prizes routine.
According to Baron, "Robbins practices holistic wellness and mindfulness. He is super-organized and likes systems. For example, he’s constantly traveling around the world for his talks and seminars, so he sets up systems that can work anywhere, at any time. If he’s in Singapore, he’ll find a squash court. Or if he’s at home, he’ll swim in his pool."
Robbins shares his commitment to health in his many YouTube videos. Believing that physical strength is as crucial as mental wellness, Robbins talks about "feeding your body" through exercise and pushing past limits until you realize you can achieve more. Additionally, he reveals the importance of controlling your mind and focusing, a practice he calls "standing guard over your mind." Robbins believes that individuals should watch what goes into their minds just as they would monitor how much sugar goes into their coffee. He suggests feeding your mind nutritiously by "reading, listening and re-tap[ping] into your ability to thrive.”
A professional interview coach and founder of The Interview Professional, Neil Bondre also notes Robbins' commitment to setting and achieving goals. According to Bondre, "when he decides on a goal, he takes massive action immediately. Robbins places an accountability program in place to stick to the goal."
4. Jim Cramer
A former hedge fund manager and current host of the TV show “Mad Money," Jim Cramer is known for his unconventional approach and fiery personality. Baron describes this highly successful individual as a “high-energy, out-of-the-box” personality.
According to an article by Business Insider, Cramer is also an early riser who gets up at 3:45 a.m. or earlier on the days he sees his personal trainer. He writes his first story for RealMoney.com after his hour-long workout session and has a chauffeur drive him to and from work. At home in the evening, he has dinner and watches TV, either football or Netflix.
Cramer confesses that his schedule is intense, and it's not uncommon for him to skip dinner and lose up to a pound a week during earnings season. However, he believes his lifestyle is what allows him to be successful.
“If I slept more, I wouldn't be able to do it," said Cramer.
5. Mark Cuban
Well known for his appearances on the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” Mark Cuban is a businessman, investor, film producer, author, television personality and philanthropist.
According to Baron, Cuban is an “early bird” who loves lists and exercises regularly. Still, when it comes to pushing himself physically, Cuban believes in listening to his body. In a video interview with Business Insider, Cuban shares his belief in tuning into one's own body to maximize potential.
“I go with how my body feels," said Cuban. "I get to make my own schedule, so if I’m tired I take a nap. I’ve met some guys who don’t need sleep; I’ve met others who if they think they haven’t got their 10 hours, I don’t want to be anywhere near them. Everybody’s body is wired differently; it’s a math equation. I don’t think there is any one size that fits all for anybody.”
6. Bill Gates
Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates boasts a net worth of more than $70 billion, according to an article by MyFirstClassLife.com. Although no longer the chair for Microsoft, Gates continues in his role of chief technology advisor while focusing on his family and philanthropic works through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Worth approximately $41.3 billion, the organization provides funding to reduce global health problems and education inequality in the U.S.
As part of his philanthropy, Gates takes his children on visits to locales such as garbage dumps, power plants and missile silos. However, he also saves time for relaxation. Along with reading and playing tennis, Gates is reported by MyFirstClassLife to enjoy indulging in exotic vacations to Rome, Belize, Croatia and even Antarctica.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
Yet another avid reader and reflector is Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, computer programmer, internet entrepreneur and philanthropist.
According to an Inc. article, Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution is to read a new book every other week, focusing on those exploring different cultures and belief systems, such as "The End of Power" by Moises Naim.
“I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself," he said. However, Zuckerberg might struggle to find the time to do all this reading, as a CNN Money article revealed that the billionaire works 50 to 60 hours a week.
Still, Zuckerberg does save time for family and leisure. According to a report by the UK's Daily Mail, he is keen on taking his baby daughter to the movies. Additionally, the Muse reveals that Zuckerberg saves time deciding what to wear by donning the same T-shirt every day.
8. Larry Page
Larry Page is one of the two brilliant mathematicians who co-founded Google. According to The Viral Hub, Page lives modestly, drives the electrically powered Toyota Prius and wears predominantly T-shirts and jeans.
In an interview by the Academy of Achievement, Page reveals his desire for balance in life.
"You can only work so many hours, and I try to have some balance," said Page. "At some point, you want to have a family. You want to have more time to do other things.”
Page also believes in challenging himself and others on a daily basis. He told Fortune magazine that he makes do without a computer for much of his day, takes only his phone to meetings and encourages engineers and product managers to work only on their mobile devices at least one day a week. It’s all part of his effort to keep the company’s focus on mobile and to keep pushing people further.
9. Tim Cook
Tim Cook took over for Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple, Inc. in 2001. He succeeds in this high-stress position, in part, by getting an early start.
After rising at 3:45 a.m. each day, Cook straps on his Apple Watch so he can measure all of his activities, according to an article in The Telegraph. He arrives at the gym at 5 a.m. and is in the office by 6:30 a.m. While he retires early, generally between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Cook frequently works weekends, holding Sunday evening phone meetings to discuss the upcoming week.
The Wall Street Journal noted Cook's discipline while he was still working under Jobs. According to the article, “His stamina was inhuman. He could fly to Asia, spend three days there, fly back, land at 7 a.m. at the airport and be in the office by 8:30 a.m., interrogating someone about some numbers.”
10. Oprah Winfrey
Billionaire Oprah Winfrey is most famous for her hugely successful TV show, which ran from 1986 to 2011. However, she is also an actress, producer, publisher and philanthropist.
How does Winfrey stay happy and healthy? In an article on her website Oprah.com, Winfrey confessed to being a huge proponent of Transcendental Meditation™.
“I give myself a healthy dose of quiet time at least once (and when I'm on point, twice) a day," said Winfrey. "Twenty minutes in the morning, 20 in the evening.”
Winfrey also arranged for TM teachers to instruct interested employees at her company in the practice of meditation.
"The results have been awesome," said Winfrey. "Better sleep, improved relationships with spouses, children, coworkers. Some people who once suffered migraines don't anymore. Greater productivity and creativity all around.”
11. Arianna Huffington
Born in Greece, Arianna Huffington is an author, syndicated columnist and co-founder of The Huffington Post, for which she is now editor-in-chief. While Huffington works hard all week, her weekends are spent relaxing.
“I love wearing no makeup and sweatpants," said Huffington. "I get to have a complete break from the week, which for me is intense.”
Like Winfrey, Huffington is a strong proponent of TM and encourages the practice at The Huffington Post. In her Ted Talk, Huffington revealed that her employees enjoy "weekly breathing exercises, yoga classes, meditation, two nap rooms." Additionally, she shared her commitment to exercising regularly and getting a good night's sleep. In fact, Huffington avoids charging her phone in her bedroom at night and encourages her daughter Christina to do the same.
According to an interview by Into The Gloss, Huffington also values her girl time with Christina.
Said Huffington, “That’s part of the daily ritual for us, taking off our makeup and talking. I also have a bench in my shower because it’s a steam shower. This way, you can sit down and have a steam; it’s just so detoxifying.”
Organization, transcendental meditation ™, voracious reading and other quiet, reflective practices are just a few characteristics shared by leading business professionals. Consider copying a few of these potentially helpful habits to give yourself the best shot at success.