16 Ironclad Ways to Live Life and be Deeply Satisfied

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16 Ironclad Ways to Live Life and be Deeply Satisfied

It's January, and it's time to reflect on the past year and set a vision for this new year. At the heart of my 2024 will be 16 freshly updated mantras from last year. These mantras have become the bedrock of my day and have helped me achieve so many good things in my personal and professional life. Maybe they can help you too.

This blog post will explore values and mantras that can revolutionize your entrepreneurial journey, drawing inspiration from famous examples who have embodied these principles. These are not just words; they are actionable guidelines that can help you achieve your goals while maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that count." - Winston Churchill

1. Sleep is Priority Number One

In the entrepreneurial world, we often hear about the hustle and grind. However, it's crucial to remember that quality sleep is the foundation of productivity. As Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, wisely put it, "I knew that I could be in meetings all day and still not accomplish anything because I hadn't slept the night before." Prioritize sleep to maximize your potential.

Tip: Establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a sleep-conducive environment. Avoid screens before bedtime to improve the quality of your sleep.

2. Be Still, for There is Much to Hear

Amid a hectic business environment, take time for mindfulness and meditation. Clear your mind, listen to your inner voice, and gain valuable insights to guide your decision-making. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and philanthropist, once said, "You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Tip: Start with a few minutes of daily meditation to build the habit. Use apps or guided sessions to help you get started.

3. Start Every Day Like It Is a New Life

Each day is a fresh opportunity to excel. Approach every morning enthusiastically, as if you're starting a new chapter in your entrepreneurial journey. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, famously treats every day as "Day 1" at the company, fostering a culture of constant innovation.

Tip: Begin your day with a clear, written plan of your top priorities. This will help you stay focused on what truly matters.

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. First Things First

Prioritization is the key to productivity. Identify your most important tasks and tackle them first. Stephen R. Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," adheres to a "2-List" strategy where he focuses on a few critical goals and avoids the rest until those are accomplished.

Tip: Use the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks into urgent, important, less important, and unnecessary. Focus on the critical and urgent tasks first.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker

5. Listen to Understand

Effective communication is at the heart of successful entrepreneurship. Listen actively and empathetically to your team, customers, and partners. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was known for his ability to deeply understand the needs and desires of consumers, which led to groundbreaking products.

Tip: Practice active listening by summarizing what the other person has said before responding. This demonstrates your commitment to understanding.

6. Observe Without Judging

In business, situations can be complex and nuanced. Practice non-judgmental awareness to maintain objectivity. Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, attributes his success in the hedge fund industry to his radical transparency and thoughtful decision-making principles.

Tip: When faced with a challenging situation, take a step back, assess it objectively, and consider different perspectives before making a decision.

"Principles are the guiding lights that help us navigate life's challenges and choices." - Ray Dalio

7. Go Slow to Go Fast

Rushing through decisions and tasks can lead to costly mistakes. Take your time, make well-informed choices, and save time by avoiding unnecessary setbacks. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, famously took a deliberate approach to expanding his social media platform.

Tip: Develop a decision-making framework that includes gathering information, considering alternatives, and evaluating potential outcomes.

"Move fast and break things." - Mark Zuckerberg

8. Go High When They Go Low

In the face of adversity or negativity, respond with kindness and empathy. Building positive relationships is a cornerstone of long-term success. Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, famously said, "When they go low, we go high," promoting a positive and gracious approach to challenges.

Tip: Practice emotional intelligence by empathizing with the emotions of others and responding constructively.

"Success is not just about making money. It's about making a difference."

9. Embrace Discomfort

Growth often lies beyond your comfort zone. Embrace challenges and adversity as opportunities to learn and evolve. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, continually pushes boundaries and takes calculated risks in various industries.

Tip: Set intentional challenges for yourself, whether learning a new skill or taking on a project outside your expertise.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb

10. Smile and Breathe

Simple practices like smiling and deep breathing can instantly reduce stress and improve overall mood. A positive mindset is your ally in the entrepreneurial journey. Sir Richard Branson is known for his infectious smile and optimistic outlook, which contributed to his success.

Tip: Incorporate mindfulness exercises into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises or gratitude journaling.

"Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth."

11. Be Curious and Open to the New

Stay curious and open-minded. Embrace change and innovation. In the ever-evolving business landscape, those who adapt thrive. Elon Musk's ventures into electric vehicles, space exploration, and more are a testament to his openness to new challenges and ideas.

Tip: Encourage a culture of curiosity within your team. Reward innovative thinking and exploration.

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

12. Get Outside and Move

Physical health is the cornerstone of success. Regular exercise boosts your physical well-being and enhances your mental clarity and creativity. Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, emphasizes the importance of staying active to maintain peak performance.

Tip: Schedule regular breaks for physical activity during your workday to recharge your energy and focus.

"Your health is your wealth."

13. Rest, Recover, Rejuvenate

Entrepreneurship is demanding, but it's vital to prioritize self-care. Regular rest and recovery allow you to operate at your best. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, advocates for getting enough sleep and taking breaks to enhance productivity and well-being.

Tip: Prioritize downtime in your schedule and commit to it like a business meeting.

"Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." - Ralph Marston

14. Don't Dwell on the Past

Leave regrets behind and focus on the present. Learning from past mistakes is valuable, but dwelling on them is counterproductive. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, has always focused on forward-thinking innovation rather than dwelling on past challenges.

Tip: Practice mindfulness to keep your thoughts anchored in the present moment, avoiding rumination on the past.

15. Don't Worry About the Future

While planning is essential, excessive worry about the future can paralyze you. Trust in your abilities and adapt as needed. Steve Jobs, known for his visionary approach, once said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward."

Tip: Develop a strategic plan, but remain flexible and agile.

"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." - Swedish Proverb

16. Take Complete Ownership of Your Thoughts

Your thoughts shape your reality. Be aware of your thinking patterns and take responsibility for them. Oprah Winfrey's journey from adversity to success underscores the power of a positive and resilient mindset.

Tip: Practice self-awareness through meditation and journaling to gain control over your thought processes.

"You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment." - Napoleon Hill.


Incorporating these transformative values, mantras, and practical tips into your entrepreneurial journey can lead to tremendous success, improved well-being, and fulfillment. Remember, it's not just about working hard; it's about working smart while maintaining your physical and mental health. By following these principles, inspired by renowned entrepreneurs and wisdom from the book, you can navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship with confidence and grace.

Recommended Books for Living Your Best Life (Footer)

  1. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change" by Stephen R. Covey
  2. "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear
  3. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life"* by Mark Manson

Here's to your thriving entrepreneurial future!