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5 inspiring things we can learn from self-made billionaires

Munira Rangwala
15th Mar 2017
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Do you secretly believe that billionaires are a breed unto themselves and that the stars are aligned in their favor at all times? They may now have bottomless funds and plush homes, but many of them started from scratch and reached where they have through hard work. The fastest way to become rich is to emulate the good habits of an individual who is already sitting up there. Here are a few lessons from self-made billionaires you can incorporate in your daily life.

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Have a clearly defined purpose

All billionaires will attest to the fact that you will encounter several distractions and obstacles on your way to success. However, success depends on how focused you manage to remain on your goals, and how tirelessly you work towards them. All your energy and efforts need to be dedicated to pursuing a clearly defined objective. Bill Gates' purpose was to put a PC in every home of America, and he worked hard to accomplish that.

Be a people's person

You don't necessarily have to extroverted to be a success. You do need to be fiercely dedicated to your customers, investors, employees, and core team members. From your founding partners to your assistants, make sure the important people in your life know that they are valued so they stay with you for the long haul. One can only create a business empire when they have the ability to nurture leaders and keep them close.

Be firm about your principles

Billionaires have strong principles and they have low tolerance for those who repeatedly deviate from their business ethics. If incompetent people continue to make mistakes, you need to let them go. The same holds true for employees who constantly piggy-back on others. Billionaires also don't give into social pressures and are okay with isolating themselves from others if it means building something great.

Never forget where you came from

Staying grounded when you are reaching the heights of success is important as it will keep you sane when failure comes knocking. Just because you have a vast amount of income at your disposal, it doesn't mean that you have to indulge in overspending. As Murray Newlands once wrote, 'Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart famously drove around in a pickup truck and Bill Gates was known to fly commercial for years.

Develop several sources of income

If you want to earn big, you need to develop multiple streams of income. It is okay to focus all your energy on one venture in the beginning to ensure it becomes a success, but after it does, you need to simply oversee its operations and turn your focus on creating yet another successful venture. This will not only lead to additional income, it will also keep you driven and interested in the long run.

The framework of a self-made billionaire includes lessons all entrepreneurs can integrate into their own businesses. In addition to the above, when you are able to understand your unique attributes, you can automatically convert your weakness to your strength and reach great heights.

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