From Gates to Musk: 9 must-have habits from the world’s top CEOs

From Gates to Musk: 9 must-have habits from the world’s top CEOs
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This post originally appeared at The Cooper Review.

Don’t you ever wonder what makes the world’s top CEOs so darn successful? Well, as it turns out, their habits make them who they are. Below are nine of the most important habits of these highly successful entrepreneurs which you should consider incorporating into your own routine.

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Tim couldn’t be the CEO of the finest design technology company in the world without knowing what to pay attention to. But he also knows what not to pay attention to—his eyebrows. His ability to never stare directly at his own eyebrows for more than three seconds gives him countless extra hours over the span of a year to focus on what really matters—his company.


Low thread count sheets are de rigueur for CEOs of the highest intelligence, which obviously includes the SpaceX genius.


As the CEO of Google, Larry Page doesn’t have any time to waste. That’s why the way he eats his saltine crackers is so brilliant.


Mark’s love of soft toothbrushes dates back to his Harvard days. Soft toothbrushes are key for entrepreneurs who want to keep their dental hygiene as strong as their portfolios.


Marissa’s attention to detail goes far beyond the Yahoo! logo. Her insistence on a precise raisin to flake ration in her raisin bran is undoubtedly what makes her so respected in the tech community.


How you turn a light dimmer might seem like a small thing, but maybe it isn’t. Maybe how you turn a light dimmer defines you as a person, as it does for Indra Nooyi. Her brilliance in the boardroom is no doubt influenced by this habit.


It’s a little known fact that CEOs actually do know how to take breaks and have down time, but how they spend this time is often a mystery. For Jeff Bezos, that means stopping to watch the cute little puppies play in their cages. Could this habit be the reason for his enormous wealth and success? Probably.


Mark Cuban has to go to the doctor’s office just like everyone else. But unlike everyone else, he always wears loose fitting cotton slacks. His insistence on this small comfort during a needed chore helps him remain focused when he’s doing what he loves—running successful businesses.


Bill’s humming is barely audible, but if you listen closely you quickly recognize the notes from “Wind Beneath My Wings,” from the hugely successful film, Beaches. Does humming this tune trigger something in Bill’s brain that makes him the creative and technological mastermind he is? We think so.


Still not sure which CEO to emulate? Try taking the Which Tech CEO Am I? quiz.  This post originally appeared at The Cooper Review.  Follow @sarahcpr on Twitter.