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8 immutable habits of billionaires

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Self-made billionaires all have some characteristics in common that make their success a foregone conclusion. They prioritise their healthy habits, routines, and mindset and refuse to compromise when it comes to achieving their objectives. Whether you want to join the billionaire club or want to live a life that is in line with your aims and passions, these wise philosophies will almost certainly assist you.

They’re open to learning from others’ mistakes
According to Chris Von Wilpert, founder of Content Mavericks, we should delve into the study history of our ideas and solutions. “We need to learn more about the concept (research history). Did others previously use the concept or solution? Was that individual a failure? What can you take out from their misfortune?”

They wake up very early—and follow a strict routine
Most millionaires make it a point to get up early every day to exercise, meditate, read, and learn new things. They plan everything from there and stick to it no matter what, year after year, every single day.

They recognise that criticism is part of the journey
Billionaires are accustomed to dealing with difficult situations. They remember that criticisms and errors are unavoidable parts of the path. According to David Stellini, co-founder of AllFront, billionaires have a high pain tolerance. “No matter how many times they fail, they take chances and risks,” he argues.

They’re comfortable with taking risks
Taking chances and accepting the possibility of failure isn’t always a terrible thing. According to Marcus Clarke, Founder of Searching, being authentic in your activities and true to yourself is also highly recommended. “If you’re lucky, it takes months or years to become a billionaire, but it’s critical to keep our feet on the ground.”

They only seek mentors whose success they’d like to emulate
Michael Hamburger, CEO of The Bottom Line Group, advises, “Always seek mentors who will guide you on your goals.” “Reach out to them, embody their values, copy their strategy… However, you should learn to listen to your voice.”

They know how to manage their mood and mindset
Billionaires are constantly managing their emotions. They get out of bed and make sure they’re on the proper track. When anything negative occurs, they promptly reset or shift gears. “They do it so frequently that it makes your head spin,” explains Ryze’s CEO.

They believe in themselves
“The majority of individuals believe they believe. The majority of people have persuaded themselves that they are correct, “Fonceca adds. “We need to accept we don’t have a billionaire’s degree of belief and work on our own,” he adds. “They believe in wealth, wealth, and the economy. Regardless of ups and downs, they believe their fortune is increasing.”

They obsess over what they love
Obsession, according to Fonceca, is just a term for “intense attention.” If you want to be a billionaire, you’ll also need a lot of focus (obsession). “How can you know if you’re ‘obsessing’ over your passion in the right way? If you are, everyone is aware of it”, they assert.

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Investor’s greed a problem, says Sankaran Naren

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Gordon Gekko might have felt that greed, for lack of a better word, is good, but that isn’t always the case. The human urge to clamour for more has caught many an investor on the wrong foot and Sankaran Naren, Executive Director and CIO at ICICI Prudential, opines that investor greed is increasing day-by-day, which is a problem.

Naren Indian equity portfolios at ICICI Prudential, and has worked with various financial services companies, including Refco Sify Securities India and HDFC Securities. Delving further into the issue at hand, he says, “We are not seeing a problem in the macro or business cycle. But investor greed is a bigger problem. They think that there is only one asset class called equity and there is nothing called risk and that is the bigger problem rather than anything else in the macro or business cycle from an India point of view. In the world, all the way from 2012, people have not seen market corrections in the US. There people are used to investing in stocks and not worrying at all about market corrections except in 2018 December and 2020 March,” said Sankaran.

At this point, he believes that it is very important for investors to practice asset allocation and that they should make choices based on earnings connected to 2021 or 2022, investing in names which have steady operating cash flows, dividend yield, etc.

“The key learning from 2007 is that investors who invested in IPOs based on 2014 earnings were in for a disappointment. There is a fair amount of froth in many parts of the markets, particularly in new-age areas. Unlike Asia which has seen periodic market corrections, since 2012, US equities have barely witnessed a meaningful correction,” said the fund manager.

“Today the number of loss-making new age companies trading at stretched valuations is very high in the US compared with dividend-paying, cash flow-generating old economy-oriented companies,” he concluded, as he offered an investment roadmap for stocks and mutual funds to a rapt audience. 

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Mercedes to slow expansion in India, opt for direct sales

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In what perhaps signal a shift in the often traditional ways of carmakers, Mercedes-Benz will not expand its dealer network in India beyond the current sales and service touch points as it transitions to a direct gross sales model. This will see the German titan assume responsibility for distribution, warehouse, retail, and even reductions. 

The company, which leads India’s luxury market, has committed Rs. 60 crore to the new retail concept, which will see sellers work as franchisee partners, largely responsible for product demos, model expertise, automobile supply, and after-gross sales. 

“The new direct-to-customer model – under the ‘Retail of the Future’ initiative — will help drive in transparency and ease into the whole system through installation of a robust online platform,” Mercedes India MD & CEO Martin Schwenk stated. 

Mercedes will announce a nationally-set cost under the new system, as it will own the whole inventory of vehicles and charge them directly to customers. The intriguing part is that dealers will not be permitted to provide any discounts to entice customers, and will instead be treated like franchise partners. Any incentive program can be implemented immediately by the company. 

This will be the first time an automaker completes direct gross sales with sellers and retailers – now referred to as franchise partners – who will be engaged purely for inquiries, customer service, supply, and repair help, earning a fee and incentive based on the volumes they sell. 

“We are present in around 50 cities, which is sufficient to take care of existing and new customers. We have no intentions to further increase or reduce this network.” said Schwenk. 

The firm says that the measure will guarantee higher dealer profitability by eliminating possibilities of any inter-dealer cut-throat worth warfare. The sellers may even profit by saving on the stock holding price that they presently have. Such expense usually runs into crores of rupees for every retailer, and carries a curiosity price and potential penalties if shares should not liquidate (bought) on time by them. This retail program has already been carried out in countries like Austria, Sweden and South Africa, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in India. 

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Swiggy to give 2-day paid monthly period leave to female delivery partners

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Food delivery giant Swiggy has announced a two-day paid monthly period leave policy for female delivery partners, marking an industry first. Swiggy has over 1000 women on its delivery team, and has stated that since bringing on female delivery partners, it has been working to increase inclusivity and diversity across the platform. The company believes that providing a welcoming environment for women will inspire them to explore delivering with them.  

Other initiatives to deepen inclusivity include enabling access to vehicles, access to hygienic restrooms, and implementing safety measures for female delivery partners. Mihir Shah, Vice President of Operations at Swiggy, said discomfort from being out and about on the road while menstruating is probably one of the most underreported reasons why many women don’t consider delivery to be a viable gig.  

“To support them through any menstruation-related challenges, we’ve introduced a no-questions-asked, two-day paid monthly period time-off policy for all our regular female delivery partners,” said Shah.  

SoftBank-backed Swiggy has approximately 200,000 delivery partners, with about 1,000 of them being female. Swiggy hired its first female delivery partner in Pune in 2016. “Since then, we’ve been working hard to promote inclusivity and diversity across the platform, with a goal of increasing the number of female delivery partners in Swiggy’s delivery fleet,” Shah added.

“Swiggy understands the pain of a woman in the field and period leave will definitely motivate more women to choose this platform and be independent,” said Komal, a delivery partner from Chennai.  

Last year, rival company Zomato announced a period leave policy, allowing female employees to take up to 10 period leaves in a year. These are available to employees and not the gig workforce. It has, however, taken steps to have a more inclusive gig workforce. In June this year, it said it has set a goal of reaching 10 percent female delivery partners by the end of 2021 starting with Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. 

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