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Jack Dorsey has done pretty well for himself, helping create social media giant Twitter and then founding the uber-popular mobile payments solution Square.

So what’s his key to success? Dorsey spoke at the Y Combinator’s Startup School on Sunday, sharing advice and insight from his experiences as a founder and CEO.

One thing Dorsey does everyday is check his “Do,” and “Don’t” list. Here’s what those entail:

The “Do” list:

  • Stay present
  • Be vulnerable
  • Drink only lemon water and red wine
  • Six sets of 20 squats and push-ups every day
  • Run for 3 miles
  • Meditate on this list
  • Stand up straight
  • Spend 10 minutes with a heavy bag
  • Say hello to everyone
  • Get 7 hours of sleep

The “Don’t” list:

  • Don’t avoid eye contact
  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t set expectations that you can’t meet
  • Don’t eat sugar
  • Don’t drink hard liquor or beer during the weekday

It’s a slightly ambitious list, especially for the startuppers that feel the need to work all the time — something that isn’t necessarily needed for success.

Nonetheless, this seems to work for Dorsey. Do you have anything to add to his list?

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