VIDEO: Four Habits of Successful People with February Breakfast Speaker Ben Sands

February 14, 2018 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

February breakfast speaker Ben Sands started out by asking each table to name a successful person. Bill Gates, Oprah, Donald Trump and Warren Buffet were just a few of the names tossed around. Sands then asked each person to rate himself or herself based on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the epitome of success. Although there were a few 10’s around the room, most people fell felt they were right in the middle of the pack. Sands then followed up with the question, “What is holding you back from becoming successful?” Fear? Money? Time? How do we get past our own personal stumbling blocks to achieve our full potential?

Sands gave us 4 habits of successful people to guide us on our journey to success:

  1. Be Intentional. Ask yourself three critical questions: Who am I? (Values) What do I Want? (Goals) What must I do today to reach that goal? (Actions). Sands said it was important to create a master plan and then a daily action plan to stay on task.
  2. Do “Deep Work”. In other words, set aside a special time each and every day to work towards your goals and don’t get distracted. Once you identify your top priorities- DO THEM.
  3. Get smart about money. Sands advised that CEOs and business leaders had a responsibility to not only be financially wise themselves, but to also advise their staff to be financially responsible as well. Money is a solvable problem! Don’t let it get in the way of your success!
  4. Stop checking email! Sands advised, “Those emails in your inbox are someone else’s to-do list. Not yours.” In other words, don’t let your email (or Facebook or Twitter) distract you from reaching your daily goals.


Sands closed with a quote by Bill Gates about Warren Buffet. Gates said, “His ability to boil things down, to just work on the things that really count- it’s a special form of genius.” Have a goal. Make a commitment. Take Action. Find success.

Sands was once a contestant on the very popular reality television show, The Bachelorette. At the time, Sands was a single ski instructor/bartender in Aspen, Colorado. Now married with two children, he lives in Charleston and is the founder of Sands Leadership, a company that works with CEOs and senior leaders to create highly engaged, high performing teams.

This breakfast meeting was sponsored by Palmetto Health.