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Professor M.S. Rao’s Daily Rituals: My Life Has Been A Struggle Since My Childhood

Professor M.S. Rao

“My daily rituals: I wake up at 4 AM and sleep at 10 PM. In the morning, I create knowledge. In the afternoon, I acquire knowledge. In the evening, I eliminate irrelevant information. In the night, I prepare for the next day.” ―Professor M.S. Rao

I researched on the daily rituals of extraordinary achievers for a few days to identify what made them famous in the world. Daily rituals are a collection of certain habits, practices, and lifestyles that enable individuals to lead their lives with purpose and meaning. They help dream big and achieve success exponentially.

There are certain daily rituals, habits, practices, and lifestyles that helped ordinary individuals excel as extraordinary individuals globally. Eminent personalities including Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, WH Auden, Stephen King, John Milton, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Agatha Christie, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Victor Hugo, Immanuel Kant, Maya Angelou, Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, Haruki Murakami, and Igor Stravinsky scheduled their daily lives to be creatively productive and achieved amazing success. I discovered that my daily rituals match with the daily rituals of Benjamin Franklin.

Every day morning, I wake up at 4 AM. I express my gratitude to God for gifting one more day to share my knowledge freely with the world. I drink a lot of water that was stored in the copper vessel in the previous night. I do exercises for eyes to strengthen my eye muscles and improve my vision. I brush my teeth and go to the washroom. I open my laptop and write what I planned in the previous night. Every day night, before I go to bed, I give commands to my subconscious mind about the book chapter/topic/article I would write the next day morning. It helps me become more creative and productive. My creative juices flow and ideas flash through my mind to write.

My wife wakes up at 6 AM and gives me dry fruits―wall-nuts, cashew nuts, dates, and pistachios. She brings a glass of lemon water mixed with honey. I eat dry fruits and drink lemon water mixed with honey. After some time, she brings black tea with milk. I talk to my wife about the tasks to be done during the day while taking tea. After talking with my wife and taking tea, I resume my writing. I write usually up to 9 AM. I check my emails and social media platforms. I share articles that have been published by international magazines and journals on my social network. I prepare if I have to upload any videos during the day. If I have to speak to any seminar, I will prepare for it. If I have to be a guest for podcasts/interviews, I prepare sincerely by listening to the published podcasts/interviews of others. In this way, I understand the process of the interview and deliver my best. I blog quotes or articles. I take breakfast along with my wife and ask her if I have to bring any groceries or vegetables from the market.

I go to the gym every day by walk and it takes 30 minutes to reach the gym. I do a heavy workout for an hour. I cultivated the habit of going to the gym when I was 15 years old with a dream to join the Indian Air Force. I served in the Indian Air Force for more than a decade and took voluntary retirement. So, I don’t get any pension. I return home by walk and it takes 30 minutes to reach. Every day I bring some food for stray dogs in my colony and offer food to them before I reach my home.

I take bath and pray to the Sun God. I offer prayers to God every day for ten minutes. I go to my laptop and write. I take lunch with my wife on the floor as we don’t have a dining table. I take a nap for some time at 3 PM. My wife wakes me up after an hour and offers me a green tea. I talk with her by taking green tea and go to my laptop to edit or update the content that I created in the morning.

At 7 PM, I do a home workout along with my wife by watching a video and it takes about an hour. My wife offers me fruits/snacks/soup at dinner. We talk and take dinner. After completion of the dinner, I come to my laptop again and complete the pending tasks of the day. I check my emails and social media platforms. I eliminate unwanted information and prepare for the next day.

At the night, I sleep on the floor as I don’t have any cot. I have been sleeping on the floor for almost 14 years. I still belong to a lower-middle-class family with several financial challenges. I don’t have any income and pension from the Indian Air Force as I left the service voluntarily before completion of the agreement. Additionally, I have been unemployed since 2015 without any regular income. Before I go to bed, I take feedback on what value I have added to the world. I assess whether I have shared my knowledge freely with the world on social media. If I did not do, I will identify the roadblocks and ensure that I would do the following day. I express my gratitude to God for making my day beautiful. I give commands to my subconscious mind about the complex issues to enable me to find innovative solutions in the next day morning. I also give commands to my subconscious mind about the topic I would write the next day morning. My life has been a struggle since my childhood as I was born into a toxic family and grew up in a toxic environment. Life is great.

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.” —WH Auden


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Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D.
Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness, and Success (Waterside Productions; January 16, 2020). He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. He has the vision to share his knowledge freely with one billion people globally. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe). He was ranked #1 Thought Leader and Influencer in HR globally by Thinkers360. He invests his time in authoring books and blogging on executive education, learning, and leadership. Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs including Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders. He is a prolific author and a dynamic, energetic, and inspirational leadership speaker. Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.