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Tune-in this Sunday to Money Matters With Dino on “The Patriot” AM 1150 to hear Aaron R. Thomas share his six habits of successful people on “Rich Man Poor Man: The Lessons You Need To Know.”

The term “starving artist” is such a sad depiction of our creative counterparts. Alas, it’s more often than not that we separate the logical left brain from the creative right brain, even though we all have both sides of the coin. Extensively trained in business California-based fine artist, architect and designer, Aaron R. Thomas has adroitly applied the principals of successful business to his career as an artist, proving that being a thriving creative entrepreneur is possible—one step at a time.

6 Daily Habits Of Successful People 

1. Take control of your life.

No matter where you’re at in your career your moment of clarity begins when you take responsibility for yourself. A painting always begins with one brush stroke and in this vein it’s the small daily steps that will contribute to a successful life. Required reading: Choose Yourself, by James Altucher.
  • Wake up early. 44% of wealthy people wake up 3 hours before work starts vs. 3% for poor.
  • Set your day. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
  • Plan: 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

2. Take Care Of Yourself. 

Our bodies function like a super high-tech machine—keep it fueled (with premium fuel) and maintain it well and it will ride hard and run forever.
  • Exercise. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.
  • Eat well. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.
  • Constantly educate yourself with new information and expose yourself to the arts (Broadway, dance, museums).
  • 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.
  • 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.
  • 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% for poor.
  • 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.
  • 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of T.V. everyday vs. 23% for poor.
  • 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

3. Practice Articulating Your Dreams To Yourself and Others

  • Journal: 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor.
  • Find mentors/advisors: 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor. **You don’t need wealthy parents, just find yourself a mentor, shut up, listen and do as they say!
  • Be open to your dreams changing—change is not failure.

4. Practice Discipline And Have Pride

  • Love yourself; believe in yourself. Wealthy individuals engage in “Rich Thinking.” They are upbeat, positive and focused on achievement.
  • Have strength in what you want.
  • Your dreams are valid.
  • Practice makes perfect: one step at a time will get you there

5. Be Prepared

  • Research to understand and be fully aware of all aspects of what you’re getting into—in business, relationships, etc. Take advantage of all the resources we have in today’s technologically advanced world, you can Google almost anything
  • Be smart in the world.
  •  86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.
  • Wealthy individuals set daily, monthly, annual and long-term goals. They understand the difference between a wish and a goal. A goal requires a “next step”; otherwise it’s just a wish.

6. Network

Would you rather 5 wealthy friends or $5 million?
  • If you haven’t already read Never Eat Alone, read it now.
  • 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.
  • Successful people manage their relationships every day. Strong relationships are the currency of the wealthy. They employ certain strategies to grow their relationships such as: “The Hello Call”, “The Happy Birthday Call” and “The Life Event Call”. They use a specific strategy to help them increase their Rich Relationships and eliminate their Poverty Relationships.


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