Meditation is a practice where a person uses a specific technique to train their attention and awareness and achieve mental clarity, which can lead to an emotionally calm and stable state of mind.
There are numerous studies that have shown that mindful meditation can positively impact your mental and physical health. Whether you are reducing stress, improving your sleep and your relationships, showing compassion, increasing job satisfaction, or simply increasing focus, there are thousands of studies that show that mindfulness truly works.
Successful Leaders Who Practice Meditation
From Steve Jobs to Russell Simmons, many influential business leaders are using meditation to increase innovation, gain a competitive advantage in their business and channel their drive and energy into things that matter most to them.
These leaders are committed to practicing meditation regularly and find that both their work and personal lives greatly improve and have led them to new heights of success. Here’s a look at how meditation has impacted five extraordinary entrepreneurs’ lives, along with helpful tips that we can follow.
Chairman & Co-Founder of Apple, Inc.
Steve Jobs is quite possibly one of the greatest icons of technology and is known for his remarkable ability to create innovative and groundbreaking products. He was a pioneer in the industry who, through the use of mindfulness meditation, reduced his stress, enhanced his creativity, and gained more clarity.
Author, Entrepreneur & Public Speaker
In Ferriss’s best-selling book “Tools of Titans,” he interviews over 200 leaders, executives, and world-class performers and found that over 80% practiced some form of meditation. He goes on to say, “Meditation simply helps you channel drive toward the few things that matter, rather than every moving target and imaginary opponent that pops up.”
Co-Founder & CEO of Twitter, Founder & CEO of Square
Jack Dorsey is one busy man who is a CEO for two top companies, which means managing twice the stress and responsibilities in a leadership role. During an interview, Dorsey shared his morning routine, which involved waking up at 5 am, meditating for 30 minutes, working out, making coffee, and checking in with his job duties.
Chairman & CEO of Rush Communications, Co-Founder of DefJam Records
Simmons started meditating 15 years ago after decades of being a hip-hop mogul. He practices meditation twice a day and also wrote a book called “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple,” where he makes meditation more accessible and introduces more people to the mindful and life-changing practice.
Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company
Ford makes time each and every day to meditate. He shared in an interview that the practice of mindfulness was what kept him going even during the darkest days. He shares that meditation helped improve his productivity and also helped make more mindful decisions with kindness and compassion.
About The Author
John Kaweske is an Entrepreneur and Biodiesel Expert in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the President of Bio Clean Energy, S.A., a biodiesel holding company with diversified assets in the clean energy sector in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While building Bio Clean Energy in 2004, John found himself with a lot of extra time, which ultimately led to him discovering meditation. Today, John Kaweske practices daily meditation, and manages a monthly blog outlining the latest in meditation and mindfulness.