Dr. Oz’s Success Habits

As featured in the October 2008 cover story for SUCCESS, Dr. Mehmet Oz says you can make a habit for a healthier life—no matter how chaotic yours is. “We are designed to withstand stress; it’s a natural part of life,” Oz tells SUCCESS. “When you have no stress, you’re almost certainly dead already.” So embrace the natural stress you encounter and make a game plan for it. Here are three ways Dr. Oz says you can do so:

1. Build teams.
“It’s very hard for anyone to be able to understand all facets of a problem, especially when you’re dealing with complex problems with the real opportunity to make the world better. It doesn’t mean you can’t be the executive and make the decisions about what needs to be done, but you have a team of people you trust to provide support and perspective,” Oz says.

2. Forgive people.
“You’ve got to forgive people. You come in contact with a lot of people and they will disappoint you at times. Give them a chance to surprise you again.”

3. Put your ideas into action.
“Success is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. I don’t care how good you are, how many good ideas have you—a great idea on the back of a napkin is worth the price of the napkin. A thought has zero value without execution behind it. You’ve got to spark putting the pieces together,” Oz says.

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Read more Habits for a Healthier Life in the October 2008 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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