TGIF: Weekend #goals from 6 Successful People

Are you a billionaire CEO with your own your own multi-national conglomerate of companies? No? Perhaps and award-winning political journalist or international bestselling author? No yet?

Well no matter, your career is still in its early days. But to give you a little inspiration of what the future may hold, Business Insider UK has written an article on what your weekend would look like if you were the CEO of Tesla Industries or the founder of Google. TGIF!

The common conception is that many on this list are robots, and their weekends are spent at their in-home boardrooms where sleep and relaxation are sidled to the realm of common myths, including big foot and the easter bunny.

But apparently, the highly successful know how to chill out. Here’s our write up of 6 from the list. 

Richard Branson

Richard Branson Kite Surfing
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This one isn’t really a shocker, as every single photo of Branson shows him sun-kissed and smiling, a common symptom of owning your own island in the Caribbean. The Virgin Group CEO spends his weekends, and actually about 6 months of the year, on his island – surprise! 

“I know I shouldn’t, but I still like to party on Friday nights,” Branson told the Telegraph, usually staying up until 2 am to watch the stars from his roof-top viewing desk. The similarities with your own Friday night ends here, because Branson then wakes up and does an invigorating day-break swim AROUND his island. Joining him on his swim are usually several species of shark. In classic Branson style, he said of his nautical pals, “It’s not frightening; if you’re swimming with sharks they don’t tend to bother you at all, it’s only if they mistake you for a seal that they might have a nip.”

The rest of the weekend continues much in this manner, with scuba-diving, rock jumping, more partying, boat racing, beach-chess(!!) and time with his children. Perhaps Banson will also head out in his tiny submarine to hang out with dolphins and whales. But he may be too tired from all the kitesurfing – who knows! 

Elon Musk

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Now Musk doens’t just run one company. He runs two. Two very serious companies that involve space exploration and rocket ships. How does he manage his time? Apparently he has “mad e-mail skills” – his words, not ours. But this highly productive individual devotes his weekend time to his 5 children. And does occasionally attend a music festival. “I’ll be at Coachella on the 20th!” he enthusiastically told Mashable, before sheepishly adding “…for three hours.”

Soledad O’Brien

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The CNN news anchors work week has a bizarre effect on her weekend. She told the New Yorker that on Sundays she “sleeps in” until 6 am. This is an early start for nearly everyone else on the planet, but not for O’Brien, who’s Morning Show slot requires her to start the day at 2:15 am Monday to Friday. She keeps a busy and tight schedule, spending time with her children, horse-riding, having a board meeting for her foundation and researching for Monday morning’s news segment. She’s back in bed before we’ve even had time to put our socks on. “I usually try to be in bed by 8:30. Nine o’clock is on the late side for me.”

Jack Dorsey

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Creator and Executive Director of Twitter and CEO of Square Jack Dorsey, has truly changed the shape of the 21st century. Apart from thematically organising the days of his week (Monday is for management, Tuesday for product, Wednesday is for marketing and growth and so on), Dorsey has a thematic weekend. Saturdays are essentially his only day off from work, and he spends it in the outdoors, while Sundays are a for reflections and feedback from his previous work week, and figuring out strategy for the upcoming one.

Ariana Huffington

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The President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group is not also on the less balanced side of the work-life equilibrium. If you’re one of her staff, you’re likely to get an e-mail from her at 11pm on a Saturday night. But Huffington isn’t doing it to crack the whip, she’s doing it to get it off her own to-do list.

“If I send an email at eleven at night, it’s to get it off my to-do list, but I don’t expect a reply. And I make that very clear, I don’t expect replies over the weekend,” she told Mashable UK.

This may paint a picture of Huffington being a workaholic. Yet her advocacy for mental welfare, particularly among employees, is very public. It’s also a common observation that when meeting Huffington, she comes across as a relatively calm and stress-free. Maybe a light smattering of e-mails is the solution for us all. 

Malcolm Gladwell

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Canadian journalist for the New Yorker and author of the bestselling book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell, turns things down a notch for the weekend. His weekends are – unsurprisingly – filled with reading the weekend papers. The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times take up most of his Saturday. His Sunday is the leisurely Sunday you expect from a New-York Native. Brunch out, strolls in the park, a smattering of HBO, and a moment of reflection to “give thanks for all that I’ve been given.”

We think Malcolm Gladwell’s Sunday sounds like a near perfect one, but only for want of belief that Richard Branson doesn’t live in a paradisiacal alternate universe.

Read the rest of the list on Business Insider UK here.

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