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Lifestyle > Habits

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. Exercise physically

A healthy body makes a healthy mind.

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

18. 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

19. SWOT analyze everything

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

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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. Invest inwardly

Spend time improving yourself.

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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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

33. Give feedback

Let people know how they're doing -- honestly.

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

34. 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

35. Remain humble

Don't let your ego take over your personality.

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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. Practice patience

Remember the importance of patience throughout your day.

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

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

44. Live your brand

Incorporate your brand values into your daily life.

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

45. 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

46. 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

47. 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

48. 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

49. 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

50. 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.

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