We’ve all heard there’s no single secret to success. Well, okay, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take inspiration from the super-successful. Isn’t there another saying—11 secrets to success are better than one? No?

There is now.

  1. Plan for the future like Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon. (99U)

  2. Answer emails like Google’s Eric Schmidt. (VentureBeat)

  3. Maintain a work-life balance like CEO of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein. (Business Insider)

  4. Manage your money like Warren Buffett. (Investopedia)

  5. Start your day with the reading materials of Bill Gates, David Cush (the CEO of Virgin America), and Barack Obama, among others. (Business Insider)

  6. Build an empire like Oprah. (Forbes)

  7. Connect with your company’s customers like GE’s Jeffrey Immelt. (Investors)

  8. Be creative like Cheryl Strayed, the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild. (99U)

  9. Create a master routine like Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. (Buffer)

  10. Write like Maya Angelou or W.H. Auden. (Four Hour Work Week)

  11. Be controlling (in a good way) like Steve Jobs. (OPEN Forum)



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