Coffee chat with Susanne | Habits of billionaires

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October 28, 2021


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Coffee chat with Susanne | Habits of billionaires

Habits of billionaires

Does it really take bad things to become highly successful so as to be in the millionaire/ billionaires clap? Or are there other ways to get there? Why are performing artists not there? Why do we believe that being an artist equals struggling? That’s what has been going around for centuries. It’s time to rewrite that story. It’s time to look at how can we build that bridge. We’re not that different. We’re just human beings, serving other human beings and offering them a product.  And how we’re doing that might be a little different from others. But other than that, it’s just the same. We’re not this elite, out of this world transcendent being that can put their feet on the ground and adapt to what other people can do. All we have to do is open up our mind and our eyes and see that there is a huge bridge that we can walk over. And see what we can take out of the’ normal world’. It’s time that we see ourselves just like everybody else. Yes, we’re all special. But we’re also part of a huge community. Let’s get into the habits of people that are highly successful.

Read every single day

 So number one habit that people like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett have is that they all read. They read in the morning for 20 minutes. Elon wakes up early. He regularly reads. It’s one of his habits. And Warren buffet said that he reads six hours a day. They are dedicating time to learning.  And not just a little bit of time, they’re dedicating a lot of time to learning. And having that learner’s mindset is what sets them apart. Meaning never standing still to say, ‘Oh, I’ve not that I’ve done enough,’. But always having that open mind to the fact that there’s more that they can acquire in terms of knowledge. And knowledge is what we can fall back on when we want to do new things that will enable us to be creative. It enables us to see new things to come up with.  Look at what all the three of them have created. And that faults back into having the ability to have a certain pond pot pool of knowledge to fall back on. So number one habit read every single day.

Quick Decision Making

 Number two is decision-making. And all three of them do not spend a lot of time on decision-making. They decide very quickly. Quite honestly, making a decision is something that we’ve struggled with quite often.  Because we like to weigh both sides. People in that kind of world are making decisions really quickly. Looking at arts organizations and within ourselves, are we able to make quick decisions? Can we just look at a menu and say, ‘We are going to have this’? Or are we taking a lot of time in making a decision? Would we make a quick decision? We give ourselves more time to put our intention somewhere else. Isn’t it exhausting making or being confronted with the fact that we can’t make a decision? We spend a lot of brain energy. A lot of physical energy on making decisions. And they are conserving the energy by making really quick decisions. This allows them to put energy somewhere else; into creativity, into solving problems, in recovery, into learning, into asking better questions and serving people.


Getting enough rest

Number three is that billionaires are conscious about how much they’re resting. Jeff Bezos, for example, is dedicated to eight hours of sleep at night.  Elon, always makes sure that he has enough for himself. So this is something that is super important. Let us be honest with ourselves as performing artists, are we really resting enough? Are we giving ourselves enough time to rest? We are not putting much effort in planning out resting. Or not the same amount of effort and interest in what we’re putting into what it takes for us to show up on stage. That is one of the habits that very successful people have adopted. They understand that resting is just as important as success or working hard or hustling. Resting is part of their path to success.


Envisioning their future

Number four is envisioning their future. So let’s say our goal is to be on Broadway. What does that mean? What does that mean from a loving place? What does that mean for us? What’s on our agenda on a daily basis in order to get ourselves there?  We need to have a vision of our life. Have it as detailed to hourly interactions, hourly processes, habits that we are putting into place that will get us where we want to go.


Clear boundaries

And last but not least. Besides really waking up early in the morning. Particularly for performance, when we are onstage until 11:00 PM and we are not finding rest before 1 or 2 am, it is advisable that we get up at 5:00 AM in the morning. We need our eight hours of sleep. But then what does the day look like from 8 or 9:00 AM moving forward. Are we hitting the snooze button four times or do we have a regular routine in place in the morning that sets us up for the new day?

So besides that, successful people have clear boundaries on who they’re interacting with and what kind of people they are letting in their life.  Who they’re learning from. So that is definitely something that is so important. The people in our life are so important in terms of where our mind is, where we’re putting our energy. And we should be selective about that. So for example, if we are putting our energy into pleasing people in our life by showing up when we don’t want to, or we don’t actually have the time nor the brain energy to deal with wherever they’re at, we’re not doing ourselves a favor.

This is not where we should be putting our energy. We should be very selective with our time; who and what we’re spending it on.

The lack and starving mentality

However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t adopt it. In fact, the reason why the starving mentality is still something that is so hurt on believed in, is because we believe that we can’t be billionaires. We believe that we can’t make that kind of money. But then let’s look at our habits. Let’s look at what we’re doing every single day. And what would it look like if we would change some of these things? What would it look like if we make learning a daily habit in our life? Would that mean that we’re spending less time comparing ourselves? Would that mean we would spend less time blaming everybody elsewhere we’re at? And would that feed our mind with the right energy that we then put out and attract different people in our life? People that are aligned with us. That we don’t have to push ourselves around and please other people? And maybe show them that we’re worthy of dancing or singing in that role or on that part.

The lack mentality in performing artists is the reason why so little make a really good living at it. And we can change that. And that change starts with every single one of us. Every single one of us that is willing to take an honest hard look at what they’re doing. And comparing it to really high-achieving people. Not judging them and saying, ‘oh, they are lucky. And they’ve had this and that’. No, we all have this ability. Even as performing artists. So let’s go after it. Let’s do it. Let’s get messy.

Okay, we’re sending you so much love. Thank you for being here. Thank you for always listening and till next time.

So much ❤ Susanne


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