20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at general lessons I learned working for billionaires Oprah Winfrey and Enver Yucel. In Part 2, I continue with deeper insight into successful habits – specifically for business-minded readers seeking to understand how extraordinarily successful people reach the top of their fields.

 Successful Habits

It’s my honor to share with you Part 2 of successful habits I learned working for two billionaires:

1) Recognize the Value of Simple Ideas

Oprah, Enver, and most of the world’s billionaires got rich not from a complex idea, but from a very simple one. Sure, there are several who do something technical – like create complex hedge funds. But most billionaires figure out how to take something we all like to do, simplify it, and bring more value to the bottom line. So, next time someone asks you to invest in a lemonade stand, don’t dismiss it so easily :-).

 

2) Be Patiently Impatient

Billionaires realize nothing happens overnight. As a matter of fact, it takes most billionaires decades to become successful. While patience is used for their long-term goals, I’ve witnessed deadlines for day-to-day, short-term goals articulated by my former bosses as “due yesterday.” Being nimble and [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]having the ability to deliver faster than your competitors is what often makes the difference between success and failure.[/inlinetweet]. Think about Oprah often beating a competing TV network to a coveted interview, or Enver launching a school in a country before anyone else. [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]Don’t play with time.[/inlinetweet]

 

3) Be Gritty

Ask any 10 people to describe Oprah and Enver, and I bet words like “tenacious” and “relentless” top the lists. Billionaires don’t let obstacles or pitfalls keep them from achieving their goals. [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]Just because you fail 100 times, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed on the 101st try[/inlinetweet]. The key is not just having the stomach for failure, but having the strength to face what feels like an endless amount of resistance… and still move forward.

 

4) Develop Great Oratory Skills

I’ve never seen better live speakers than my previous bosses. Coincidence? I think not. If you can’t articulate your ideas and your vision (in a compelling way) you can’t galvanize the support required to make things happen. This concept was underscored in a recent interview I did with one of the word’s leading public speaking experts, Marshawn Evans. She stated, [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson @marshawnevans” suffix=””]“the more effectively you speak, the higher your chances of career success.”[/inlinetweet]

 

5) Grow Thick, Armor-Plated Skin

The higher your heights, the greater number of detractors you will have AND the sharper their attacks will be. This is a basic truth for everyone, but literally watching thousands of people hurl insults at my bosses (without impact) made me realize they possessed an extraordinary layer of emotional resilience. I recall when we filmed the opening scene of Lovetown U.S.A. (and Oprah arrives on a Naval vessel), while thousands cheered, hundreds complained (and ridiculed) her for wasting tax dollars by using a military vehicle.  [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@Paulcbrunson @Oprah @EnverYucel1″ suffix=””]Developing a “shield” is critical[/inlinetweet]. First Lady Michelle Obama said it best: “never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so, when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

 

6) Connect with People Outside Your Community

Your ability to be of influence within your community is directly related to your ability to make connections outside of your community.  The technical phrase for this is called “bridging structural holes,” and is eloquently written about in this research by professor Ronald Burt. Both Oprah and Enver possess tremendous bridging capital. They spend a disproportionate amount of their time gathering information from communities of people outside of their core (different age groups, different social class, different ethnicity, different education levels, different careers, etc) and then they share that information within their community. This is where their ability to influence and have power comes from.

 

7) Over-Communicate Your Message

[inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]It’s not just about speaking loudly, it’s about speaking often.[/inlinetweet] I learned this from my favorite professor at the illustrious McDonough School of Business (shout out: Hoya Saxas!). He floated this concept in class one day and it stuck with me. Don’t make people guess or assume, make sure your community understands your message, precisely. Given the abundance of content produced in today’s world, this concept has taken on even more relevance (Note: more content is published in 48-hours now than was published from the beginning of time until 2003. Amazing, right?!). Watch Oprah or Enver closely when they speak for a short or extended period of time. Their format is always the same. They begin by: telling you what they’re going to tell you, then they tell you, then they summarize by telling you what you just heard. We live in a noisy landscape and repetition, repetition, repetition is necessary.

 

8) Learn to Laugh at Yourself

Most of us know from experience that having a sense of humor about things can make life a little easier. And, there’s science to back that up: being able to laugh at yourself may be a sign of an optimistic personality and it might even improve your mood. Humor has also been identified as a possible factor in the development of personal resilience. [inlinetweet prefix=”#SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]”If you can laugh at yourself, you can forgive yourself,”[/inlinetweet] says Rev. Susan Sparks. “And if you can forgive yourself, you can forgive others.” You can’t go more than 2 minutes in a conversation with either Oprah or Enver without them smiling and belting out a laugh (typically at their expense).

 

9) Be Great at One Thing, First

By focusing on one passion or strength, you can actually be more innovative. The deeper understanding you gain by doing one thing opens up creative new ideas. [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]Ironically, limitations can lead to liberation.[/inlinetweet] As I mentioned in Part 1, billionaires like Oprah and Enver aren’t necessarily great at many things, but they’re damn good at (at least) one.

 

10) Know a Higher Power

Developing a relationship with a Higher Power will provide you with guidance for making decisions and solving problems. When you connect with a higher power, you can draw upon greater wisdom to help you resolve your problems.  I find it fascinating in my analysis of Oprah and Enver, that while they practice different religions, they possess an unwavering faith. I believe that faith is why they strive to have a positive impact on people and society, value integrity and hold high ethical standards for themselves and their organizations.

 

I sincerely hope Parts 1 and 2 of 20 Successful Habits have helped and will continue to help you blaze your own trail of accomplishments. Putting these things to work in my life has yielded not only more success than I ever dreamed, but more happiness and fulfillment, as well. If you’re ready to learn even more about making your dreams a reality, read this. And remember, [inlinetweet prefix=”#20SuccessfulHabits | ” tweeter=”@paulcbrunson” suffix=””]dreams don’t work unless you do![/inlinetweet]

How are you putting these successful habits to work? Let’s talk about it!

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About Paul C. Brunson
Mentor, Entrepreneur, & Television Host. My goal is to help you live your best life. I’m the world’s most influential matchmaker, founded and exited three businesses, host two television shows, spent nearly a decade working directly for a billionaire, and share my experiences by mentoring through Knowledge Share

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Yes!!!!

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Yes!!! been waiting for this…let hope it don’t crash the site again for going viral!

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Thanks for sharing this.

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PaulCBrunson Number 8 is the most simple, yet most complicated thing for some people to do! Laugh and move on!

Omari ONeal
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Being patiently impatient has pushed me to my limits lately. But in doing I’m incredibly proud of where its taken me in a short space of time.
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Good read as usual Paul Carrick Brunson. I think my biggest issue is laughing at myself. I think we tend to be overly critical of ourselves during our growth. Sometimes you really do have to look back and just laugh.

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Part 1 was a wake up call for me…ta!

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I was listening to Whoopie talk one day on the Actors Studio on PBS. She said that success is mostly sheer dumb luck. You can have THE most talented piano virtuoso since Bach right in Brooklyn, yet if the right person doesn’t hear him/her, they will remain unknown. I have known homeless ppl, ppl who were poor yet were wise enough to converse with the Dalai Lama and hold their own. Yet, they stayed poor, unknown and in the ghetto due to sheer dumb luck. Life is that way, all that really matters is being happy. You got that, you… Read more »

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Anna Fox Ryan

Excellent. Thank you for sharing. I also truly enjoyed your interview with Marshawn. You’re very inspiring. Thank you for that.

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Marcia Dixon

Very helpful tips and inspiring ones too

Peace Aislinn
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How many in the last 20 yrs went from poor to billionaire on their own tho? I LOVE your posts and what you do. That is great stuff. Just this one is not as real as most of your stuff

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Peace Aislinn “How many went from poor to billionaire?” The two I profiled in the post 🙂 The important thing to remember is that this post isn’t about “how to become a billionaire” it’s simply examining common traits of billionaires and allows the reader to pick and choose what you want to emulate (if any).

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Thanks.

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A great book and video series I found inspiring are by Jim Rohn, The Best Year Ever. Thank you for sharing.

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This post was amazing. I one day hope to have my own blog get to the level of yours. Keep on posting inspiring comments!

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YES to all of this! Thank you!

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PaulCBrunson read the first half. Thank you for documenting your “lessons learned”

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PaulCBrunson No problem. Many thanks for the article.

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jmccray hope you liked the post J!

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PaulCBrunson no problem i’m sure it’ll be of great use to many.

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PaulCBrunson are you kidding? From the great Paul Brunson? Everything you write is awesome man. Much love and respect for you!

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jmccray much #respect

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PaulCBrunson no problem Paul

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Thank you for sharing!

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PaulCBrunson Thanks for blessing us with that brother! Very insightful! I appreciate you and everything that you do!

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SenecaBlue so glad you’re finding value in the series Seneca!

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YES IT’S HERE FINALLY! 🙂 Thanks Paul Carrick Brunson!

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may be..one day!!!

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you’re welcome Namie Bimba!

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Elena Jurca delete “maybe” 🙂

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yes SURE Paul,

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” Be Great at One Thing, First”

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It was worth the wait!

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Sherri Vinsant

You make a lot of sense Paul!

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Imma read the blog but wanna say look at that ‘sista mogul’ in between those two mega moguls…… #gooprah

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Think it and it shall be! Love your post 🙂

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Glad to see a Black woman from the South and poverty representing our Black women!!! Go Oprah!!

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It’s amazing to hear Oprah’s life story & to see her now!!!! If you want proof that miracles happen just think of Oprah!

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Thanks Paul!!!  I LOVE this article!!!  🙂

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You know I own this issue of Forbes. No surprises there! *wink*

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You’re truly an inspiration Paul. Thank you for these wise words. God bless

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Oprah Winfrey outstanding in royal purple- she’s royal, so royal!!

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Thank you for sharing this awesome information.

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Awesome post!!! Thanks Paul Carrick Brunson