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7 Habits of 7 Highly
Successful People

CenterState CEO’s 7 Habits of 7 Highly Successful People drew more than 100 attendees to the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville to hear community leaders share the personal and professional habits that have helped them become the people they are today. Attendees learned 49 tips to apply to their own lives and careers. *Editor’s favorite picks.

Lauren Kochian

President, The MOST

  1. Have positive energy and take care of yourself. Energy in all senses of the word – physical, mental, spiritual. “The smile you give returns to you.”
  2. Do things with kindness and empathy. If you can better treat those around you through a better awareness of them and their life, you can be a better leader, partner.
  3. Practice good time management. It is important to know when enough is enough for a day.
  4. Know your strengths, but more importantly, know and own your weaknesses. It is okay to ask for help from others. And it’s important to hone in on what you do well. Always hone your skills of both.
  5. Humility — don’t think less of yourself, think of yourself less; appreciate and learn from others.
  6. Have an open door policy; be accessible but maintain a chain of command.
  7. Learn, read and listen. Be informed; the minute you stop learning you become stagnant and when you are stagnant you become irrelevant.

Katherine Nutting

Principal and Managing Member, VIP Architectural Associates

  1. Give yourself grace — to fail. We are only human. Often we are harder on ourselves than anyone else.
  2. Block time — if you don’t own your time, someone else will. Block out time on Outlook for work sessions vs. family time, etc.
  3. Self-care — if you don’t, you won’t have anything to give others. Health is your greatest gift.
  4. Envision — what are your life goals? Write them down and visualize them.
  5. Read — a lot.
  6. Find your place for inner peace.
  7. What excites you and scares you at the same time? Go do that!

Me’Shae Rolling

Franchise Owner, EventPrep Inc.; Interim Executive Director, UMEA

  1. Separate projects (long-term) vs. tasks (short-term).
  2. Outsource and delegate.
  3. Keep calendar and address book updated.
  4. Devise emails with specific titles and searchable content.
  5. Establish communication boundaries.
  6. Guard and protect personal time by blocking it.
  7. Know thyself.

Dr. Casey Crabill

President, Onondaga Community College

  1. Find something to be grateful for every morning.
  2. Believe and invest in people.
  3. Fight for fairness. A lack of equity is at the root of many problems.
  4. Live your life as well as your work.
  5. Balance your attention on the day-to-day and the long term.
  6. Work as hard as you expect everyone else to, and recognize folks for their effort.
  7. Embrace optimism.

Arel Moodie

Founder, Art of Likability

  1. Perspective - how you see the world determines how the world is.
  2. Likability - genuinely and actively show people you care about them.
  3. Curiosity - ask tons of questions.
  4. Whole self check-in - create categories like fitness, romantic relationship, business, family relationships, etc., and periodically check the category’s health.
  5. Minimize time between idea and action.
  6. Have a farmer’s mindset. How can I help someone first? What seeds am I planting now that will lead to a harvest later, and am I cultivating the crop?
  7. Do something every day to create revenue for today and for tomorrow.

Kim Townsend

President & CEO, Loretto

  1. Leave time in each day to think.
  2. Practice self-care.
  3. Practice life simplification.
  4. Be wholly yourself.
  5. Seek information broadly and keep an open, receptive mind.
  6. Learn to let go.
  7. Invest heavily in relationships with family, friends and team members.

Ben Walsh

Mayor, City of Syracuse

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  2. When in doubt, do something.
  3. You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life – you just have to know what you want to do next.
  4. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
  5. Rise above.
  6. Drive your kids to school.
  7. Embrace diversity.