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Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur
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You can't "major" in entrepreneurship, and even if you could, you'd find it virtually impossible to learn to be an influential entrepreneur on your own.

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Instead, the best lessons come from experience, and only by adopting beneficial habits on a daily basis can you gradually attain the excellent leadership, decision-making and adaptability necessary to assure your success as a startup founder.

Those lessons? To get you started, here are 50 of the best:

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Read books

Read books

Fiction, nonfiction: As long as you're reading, you're getting new perspectives and expanding your mind.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Read the news

Read the news

Keep an eye on what's going on in your industry and in the world at large. Knowledge is priceless.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Attend industry conferences

Attend industry conferences

Get to know your colleagues and stay up to date on the latest developments.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Watch your competitors

Watch your competitors

If they launch a new product, you're the first one who should know about it.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Create new rules for yourself

Create new rules for yourself

Set new limitations, such as allowing shorter periods for distraction, or making yourself do and try new things.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Learn new technologies

Learn new technologies

Technology can improve almost any process, so stay attuned to any new products on the horizon.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Engage in personal hobbies

Engage in personal hobbies

Passion is at the core of every influential entrepreneur's life. Find enjoyable, stimulating hobbies to help bring yours out.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Talk to strangers

Talk to strangers

You never know whom you might meet -- a new partner? A mentor? An investor? An employee?

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Network professionally

Network professionally

The same goes for professional networking events, though here you'll also have a chance to build your own reputation.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Give back to the community

Give back to the community
Volunteer, if you have time. You'll meet new people and make your community a better place.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Make yourself available to your team

Make yourself available to your team

Every day, make yourself accessible for questions, concerns and conversation.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Minimize your decisions

Minimize your decisions

Don't waste time on small decisions. Focus on the big ones.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Find ways to improve everything

Find ways to improve everything

Look at everything with a critical eye, and always see the potential for improvement.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Meditate

Meditate

It will give you clarity of mind, reduce your stress and make you more focused.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Sleep well

Sleep well

Eight hours of sleep will make you healthier, physically and mentally.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Eat healthy

Eat healthy

Complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats are brain foods that keep you going.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Exercise physically

Exercise physically

A healthy body makes a healthy mind.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Exercise mentally

Exercise mentally

Improve your critical thinking, focus and memory, with games and puzzles.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

SWOT analyze everything

SWOT analyze everything

See the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in everything.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Go the extra mile

Go the extra mile
Overachieve at even the smallest of life's activities.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Adapt

Adapt

Get used to changing your plans on a whim and rolling with the punches.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Continue your education

Continue your education

Make it a point to learn something new every day.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Invest inwardly

Invest inwardly

Spend time improving yourself.

Related: 7 Million-Dollar Habits of the Super Successful

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Try new things

Try new things

You never know where you'll get your next flash of inspiration.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Start small

Start small

Whenever you try something new, start out small and slow -- you can always scale up.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Reward hard work

Reward hard work

Take time to express gratitude to those who deserve it.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Weed out negativity

Weed out negativity

Nip poor attitudes and negativity in the bud whenever you see them.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Relieve group stress

Relieve group stress

Stress is contagious, so do what you can to lower it in the office.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Find new passions

Find new passions
Again, passion is key to achieving success as an entrepreneur. Find yours in as many places as possible.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Focus on customer perspectives

Focus on customer perspectives
Your customers are what keep your business going. Prioritize their needs.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Run the numbers

Run the numbers

Learn to see everything in terms of its objective value.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Stay calm

Stay calm

No matter how bad or hectic things get, you need to be the calmest one in the group.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Give feedback

Give feedback
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Listen to feedback

Listen to feedback

Accept that you aren't perfect, and listen to how you can do better.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Remain humble

Remain humble

Don't let your ego take over your personality.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Form new partnerships

Form new partnerships

There's always an opportunity for mutual benefit among professionals.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Work with mentors

Work with mentors

Talk to people more experienced than you are, and listen to what they say.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Trust your instincts

Trust your instincts

Data is useful, but it can take you only so far. Don't ignore your instincts.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Practice patience

Practice patience

Remember the importance of patience throughout your day.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Accept challenges

Accept challenges
Let yourself take risks, and accept challenges in all areas of your life.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Experiment with new routines

Experiment with new routines

Try doing your work in new and different ways to maximize your efficiency.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Stay frugal

Stay frugal

Don't spend time or money on something unless it's truly valuable to you or your business.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Have hard conversations

Have hard conversations

Don't let fears or anxieties hold you back from saying what needs to be said.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Live your brand

Live your brand

Incorporate your brand values into your daily life.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Refrain from personal judgment

Refrain from personal judgment

When people make mistakes, don't hold it against them. Help them learn.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Maintain an ideal atmosphere

Maintain an ideal atmosphere

Inject your surroundings with personality and life, from your office to your car to your bedroom.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Eliminate chronic distractions.

Eliminate chronic distractions.

If something is preventing you from working or achieving something, get rid of it.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Automate what you can

Automate what you can
Reduce manual actions through delegation and technology whenever you can.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Forget the idea of perfection

Forget the idea of perfection

You'll never be perfect, so forget about even trying. Instead, focus on continually striving to be better.

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Make personal time

Make personal time
Keep yourself sane by prioritizing your personal time from the start.
Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Even with these habits in tow, there's no such thing as a perfect entrepreneur, and no entrepreneur becomes successful overnight. Stick with these habits and prioritize your own development. No matter what, you'll make progress and get closer to your goals. If you're ready to get started with entrepreneurship, grab my eBook, The Modern Entrepreneur: How to Build a Successful Startup, from Beginning to End.

Related: 5 Habits That Will Guarantee Your Failure in Life

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  • Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur
  • Read books
  • Read the news
  • Attend industry conferences
  • Watch your competitors
  • Create new rules for yourself
  • Learn new technologies
  • Engage in personal hobbies
  • Talk to strangers
  • Network professionally
  • Give back to the community
  • Make yourself available to your team
  • Minimize your decisions
  • Find ways to improve everything
  • Meditate
  • Sleep well
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise physically
  • Exercise mentally
  • SWOT analyze everything
  • Go the extra mile
  • Adapt
  • Continue your education
  • Invest inwardly
  • Try new things
  • Start small
  • Reward hard work
  • Weed out negativity
  • Relieve group stress
  • Find new passions
  • Focus on customer perspectives
  • Run the numbers
  • Stay calm
  • Give feedback
  • Listen to feedback
  • Remain humble
  • Form new partnerships
  • Work with mentors
  • Trust your instincts
  • Practice patience
  • Accept challenges
  • Experiment with new routines
  • Stay frugal
  • Have hard conversations
  • Live your brand
  • Refrain from personal judgment
  • Maintain an ideal atmosphere
  • Eliminate chronic distractions.
  • Automate what you can
  • Forget the idea of perfection
  • Make personal time
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