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The 5 Surprisingly Simple Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

ByMichelle Arbeau,
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Mar 21, 2019
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Simplicity is a pivotal element in the success of many of the entrepreneurial greats.

Simplicity is a pivotal element in the success of many of the entrepreneurial greats. Life, in general, isn't meant to be hard. If it becomes extra-challenging, it's an obvious sign you're going the wrong way.

After studying everyone from Steve Jobs to Henry Ford, I've deduced five surprisingly simple habits that helped them reach limitless heights in the business world. I've put them to the test and can say they indeed work, and then some. These habits are well worth implementing into your routine.

1. Dress for success.

If you're working from home some days, should you forgo the shower and stay in your PJs? Nope. Get up, get showered, put on your best suit, and sit down at your home office to start a productive workday. Even if you only have phone calls that day, you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover you're much more confident, productive and on your game if you're dressed for success, even if it's just Fido who sees how awesome you look today.

2. Eliminate distractions.

Studies have proven that if you're interrupted while completing a task, it can take approximately 20 minutes to regroup and get back into what you were doing. If Fluffy keeps jumping up on your warm keyboard, keep pets out of the office. Your home office, or any workspace, should be quiet and off-limits from distractions of any kind. Noisy street? Move your desk away from the window and put up a mirror so you can still enjoy the sunshine and outside view without the extra distraction.

3. Embrace interdependence.

Many of the uber-successful entrepreneurs aren't ashamed to admit they've most certainly called up the value of and utilized the art of interdependence. In layman's terms, interdependence is somewhere between complete independence and complete co-dependence. It's the humility to admit you're not total king of your empire and none of us are good at everything. I can't even draw a stick figure to save my soul, so I have to rely on bringing in graphic designers whenever I require graphics of any kind. These people aren't hired as permanent employees, which is the great part. It's inexpensive and quick, and it makes sound business and financial sense all around.

Contracted work saves a ton of money compared to having someone on the payroll. Plus, there are lots of freelance websites popping up where you can interview and hire the right person for the short-term (or longer-term) project.

4. Delegate.

In the beginning, my business was my baby, and I thought no one could do a better job than I could. I had a very hard time practicing delegation.

At some point, as your business and empire grow, delegation is imperative – vital, actually – to long-term success. Sure, you might be able to do all the things you've delegated out, but as a successful entrepreneur, your time is valuable and best utilized in other areas of your business. It's like letting go of your firstborn on the first day of school. Once you let go of the reins and get over the hump, it becomes routine, and a good habit to get into.

5. Be a hands-on leader.

I've run into many young and ambitious entrepreneurs who bite off way more than they can chew. This isn't a debate about how much you can handle; it's to point out that building a successful business and entrepreneurial lifestyle takes time, effort, patience, diligence and pacing yourself.

If you rush ahead, there's huge potential to miss crucial steps (the smallest details can become the most important ones in the end), major opportunities and learning lessons that can save your butt over the long haul. Flying high above the radar, instead of staying in the trenches as you build, automatically takes you from hands-on to hands-off – and that's no way to navigate. As the Big Cheese, you need to remain in the loop and hands-on with the tiniest to the largest of details. Failing out of sync with your business model and blueprint is a dangerous move at any time or in any way.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the best practices or habits of successful entrepreneurs, but these points have greatly assisted my own business and success, as well as many of the businesses and entrepreneurs I've worked with during my 21-plus year career. Consider these the five golden rules to start with. I encourage you to develop more of your own based on what works for you.

Michelle Arbeau
Michelle Arbeau
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Celebrity Numerologist Michelle Arbeau is considered the #1 Numerologist in the World, Two-Time Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, Featured Columnist & Face/Brand of http://www.LotteryUSA.com. She has a Hollywood clientele base that includes Twilight vampires, Big Bang Theory actress, Pirates of the Caribbean actor, NBC Director, Celebrity stylist Carrie White, Actresses Candace Cameron-Bure & Lori Petty, Comedian George Wallace, Legendary singer/performer Thea Austin (Rhythm is a Dancer), American Idol Finalist, David Hernandez, Emmy Award-Winning Choreographer Doug Jack, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Etienne Ortega (makeup for ALL Kardashians to Christina Aguilera & many more), Katie McGrath (J.J. Abrams wife), Malaku Quisada (star of Invite Only Cabo on Bravo TV). A media favorite and considered an expert in her field, Michelle is frequently a repeat guest on national outlets such as CitiTV, CBC Radio, Kool 101.5, CTV Morning Live, Breakfast Television and the History Channel. As founder of Authentic You Radio/TV/Academy/PR/Publishing, Michelle has interviewed many of the top authors, speakers, and celebrities in her quest to inspire and empower others to live with authenticity. AuthenticYouMedia.com. Michelle has a numbers-themed documentary is in the works with famed documentary creator Emmanuel Etier who has worked closely with Sharon Stone to create documentaries such as Femme: Woman Healing the World starring big names from all over the world like Maya Angelou and Marianne Williamson. In late 2016, she launched her own jewelry and products line called Soul Numbers Jewelry & Gifts. Number based, real gemstone sterling silver jewelry and all natural ingredients in the healing/manifestation bath oils and sprays. She is the host of her own radio show at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood called Life By The Numbers covering topics of spiritual growth, current affairs, celebrity news and more through the lens of numbers. Michelle also writes a syndicated monthly numerology horoscope column published by popular sites such as VividLife.me, SimplyWoman.com, SelfGrowth.com, LASplash.com & Lesbian.com. Michelle is also the Featured Columnist & Face/Brand for the largest lottery results website in the US (LotteryUSA.com) with over 8 million unique visitors a month. She writes a featured weekly predictions column with professional in-studio videos at Global Voice Broadcasting Studios in Hollywood which is included as an integral part of Lottery USA’s website. Her bestselling books, The Energy of Words: Use the Vibration of Language to Manifest the Life You Desire and Soul Numbers: Decipher the Message from Your Inner Self to Successfully Navigate Life are the product of combining her love of numbers with her passion for helping others to find purpose, meaning and joy in life. http://www.MichelleArbeau.com
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