Meditation: the Habit of Millionaires


Tim Ferriss is an unflinching advocate of meditation. In his book, Tools of Titansa collection of practical advice from highly successful people, Tim mentions that:

More than 80% of the world-class performers I’ve interviewed meditate in the mornings in some fashion.

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is” – Steve Jobs

That collection of world-class performers includes billionaires, New York Times best sellers, A-list movie stars, professional athletes and other high achievers. It’s rare to find one thing that so many people have in common, but there it is; meditation. Sitting quietly for 20 minutes and observing your thoughts. Transcendental meditation is popular and involves repeating a mantra. There are also Apps, like Headspace, which promise to introduce you to meditation in an easy-to-digest fashion.

I’m sure these practices are excellent, however, when I meditate I keep it simple. I cross my legs and focus on my breathing. I don’t have a set time, I go for as long as I feel like it. New York Times bestselling author and renowned marketer Seth Godin practices a similar routine, which he describes in an interview.

It’s sloppy, it works. It’s nothing worth writing home about. I’ll just sit, and I’ll close my eyes, and I’ll breathe. And when I’ve had enough of that, I’ll go back to what I was doing.

Easy, simple, beneficial. After meditating for a while it’s difficult to imagine life without it. Meditation helps to quiet your brain and lets you think more efficiently. This becomes critical as you take on larger roles and have to make more consequential decisions. If you feel like you don’t have time to meditate, consider this zen proverb.

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.

Still not convinced? Head over to Fortune to find out Why Tim Ferriss Believes Meditation is the Key to Success. Better yet, start meditating today. Do five minutes a day for the first month, ten minutes a day for the second, then the third month do twenty minutes a day. By the end of ninety days you’ll understand why so many influential people accredit their success to a daily meditation practice.

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