Meditation is one of the daily habits I do every day and I wanted to share how some of the wealthiest and most successful business leaders on the planet also use this habit.
I know how much it’s helped me to reduce stress, be “in the now” and gain both clarity and focus.
Here’s what some of the most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have to say about meditation as well.
Oprah Winfrey, one of the wealthiest women in the world with a net worth of over $3 billion has been a fan of meditation for years and documented her visit in this 2012 article in “O” magazine to “TM town” Fairfield Iowa.
“It was a powerfully energizing yet calming experience. I didn’t want it to end. “When it did, I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is—still—the constancy of stillness. “Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.” Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah’s now partnering with Deepak Chopra to create a whole series of 21 day meditations on a wide variety of themes, from relationships to happiness, to abundance and success that are available for purchase or download.
Here’s a quick list of some of the other wildly successful business owners who claim to meditation a daily habit.
Google’s # 107 employee Chade-Meng Tan has created a massive drive to help teach meditation and mindfulness at google. Meng is not just a fellow at Google, but as one of the earliest employees, he created his own job title to be “a Jolly Good Fellow, that nobody can deny”. He’s become head of Personal Growth at Google EDU and has written an amazingly practical book Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace).
Who wouldn’t want Success, Happiness and World Peace?
Evan Williams, the cofounder of Twitter and Blogger regularly hosts meditation classes and mindfulness workshops at his new startup company, Medium. Medium also looks poised to be a massive success. Here’s what he said after a recent Wisdom 2.0 Conference “meditation on the job is not a perk that makes this a nice, fluffy place to work. It makes you better and it makes the company better. We really believe in the hard science aspects of it.”
The emotional intelligence improvement is a part of the documented literature in Google’s approach as well.
Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff started to meditate because his job at Oracle was so stressful
Panda Express Founder Andrew Cherng once paused a business meeting to encourage a frazzled store manager to meditate.
Former Monsanto CEO Bob Shapiro turned office rooms into meditation spaces.
Meditronic former CEO Bill George also turned office rooms into meditation spaces.
Tupperware CEO Rick Goings meditates daily to refocus.
Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Founder Robert Stiller brought in meditation instructors for his employees.