The 15 Success Principles You’ll Never Want To Forget

Success Principles

You can’t assure success, but you can increase the chances of it happening. After all, opportunity favors the prepared. With the following 15 success principles, you can dramatically increase the chances of success in your life.


Success Principles


1 – Prepare

The first success principle is preparation. It’s the foundation of success. With preparation you create your own opportunities. Once you have all the different elements lined up, it only takes a small opening to realize your goal. At the same time, taking advantage of big opportunities without enough preparation means risking your success, as you’re building without a well-laid foundation.


2 – Do something you love

You have to work very hard whatever it is you choose to do. Your work or your project will dominate much of your time and your life. Therefore, find something that you enjoy doing and do that.


3 – Get started

You have to start somewhere. Today is as good a day as any to start. Get into action today and start moving in the direction you want. Putting it off can only lead to failure, whereas if you start and see an early setback, at least you conquered that setback early on.


4 – Move in the right direction

Keep everything moving in the direction you want. It doesn’t matter if things go slowly initially. As long as the overall direction is favorable, you’ll get where you want to go eventually.


5 – Use the power of dreams and your imagination

What you dream and visualize today will become true tomorrow. You just have to work on turning it into reality. Just as your dreams can only influence your life if you let them, the cities you build in your imagination can only become real if you build them.


6 – Think big

If you set your aim a bit too high you might fall short. If you set your aim too low you might achieve your goal… and miss out on the other opportunities. By thinking bigger, the only limit is what is possible. You’re no longer limited by what you think is possible.


7 – Focus on growth

Seemingly impossible challenges are just cleverly disguised opportunities for growth. If you take those challenges and, in solving them, improve yourself, you’ll find yourself continually moving in the right direction.


8 – Maintain your determination

With enough determination, you can succeed through almost any odds. Enough determination means you’ll find a way no matter the situation.


9 – Set a clear vision

Think through where you’ll want to go. Develop a clear sense of what your final goal is, and keep this with you. By knowing the destination you want to reach, you can continually look at your current path and decide if it’s a route that will help you get where you want to go.


10 – Set goals along the way

A final goal isn’t enough. You need intermediate goals that set the path. These goals should be specific, measurable, realistic, attainable, and timely. These intermediate goals define the steps that you need to take to get to the final one.


11 - Work out plans of action for your work

For each goal, it helps to have plans to reach them. Your plan describes how you can reach each step from where you are, or where you will be. Keep in mind that the future is never certain. Things rarely work out exactly how you plan. Therefore, see these plans as showing one or more possible routes, not necessarily the route you’ll end up taking.

Still, knowing the plan means you can avoid long detours that might compromise your chances of reaching a goal on time — or at all.


12 - Commit to taking action

Once you start going, keep going. Never, never, never give up. If you find an obstacle in your way, chip away at it or go around it. The only way to really fail is to give up. If you keep going you’ll succeed. If you hit the limits of what’s possible, you can regroup and find another way.


13 - Use affirmations

Affirmations are just short, positive, and above all direct phrases in present tense. Things like “I’m getting more and more successful.” The idea is that they reinforce a positive world view. With affirmations, you are defining your own reality. By transmitting a positive world view to your mind, it adopts this view. As your mind adopts this view, it helps shape the world around you to fit it, which means it helps make the world around you one that reflects a reality of you getting more successful every day.


14 - Get rid of negative influences

Avoid harmful influences around you that might shake you from your goal. Keep people and ideas around you that support your success and your belief in yourself.


15 - Be grateful and appreciate what you have

The final success principle is to appreciate what you have already. Realize that — by sheer virtue of the fact that you can be reasonably certain you’ll live from one day to the next — you already have enough. Enjoy it! Appreciate what you’ve achieved so far, and see that what you want, where you’re going, is not what you need or what you must do. Rather, these are things and actions that will make your situation even better.


Joel Brown is the CEO and Founder of With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Joel started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. Follow Joel Brown on Twitter or keep upto date with him on


  1. robinson

    July 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Wow, awesome indeed. Great lecture for success. Loved it

  2. thelma

    December 27, 2013 at 7:16 am

    goood i will improve on the places am lacking

  3. excel john

    October 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Nice one I will keep reading to increase my understanding

  4. Josh Mason

    August 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great stuff here Joel! Especially setting a clear intention, using affirmations and the power of gratitude. Those 3 have really helped me grow as a person in my business and in life in general.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Joel

      August 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Nice to hear Josh! Great to see you have been implementing these points into your daily routine.

  5. The Kiss Provider

    June 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm


  6. Rob Douglas

    June 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    You’ve gotta love it!

  7. Riccardo COva

    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm


  8. SEVAN M

    May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

    great and superb quote .

  9. Nelton

    April 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Great article!

    • Fiona Scrymgeour

      May 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Great article Joel, self belief is the key to me, we all have that little voice of self doubt chatting in the background of our mind which can derail us!

  10. yasmeen

    March 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

    reading this makes me feel energized :)

  11. Iuly Iuliana

    March 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Beautiful 15 points..

  12. sum1

    March 21, 2013 at 5:49 am

    b gr8ful n appreciate wat u hve !
    very nice.
    tx 4 ur 15 points :)

  13. Mlle Parker

    March 13, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Thank You for this article. It is a great reminder….To me #14 Get rid of negative influences so important. No matter what you do, if you are not surrounded by positive and motivated people might end up in a rut.

  14. Darren

    March 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Great list, would also add, to BE PRESENT and enjoy the scenery on the journey to success + there’s no failure, only feedback and learning, give yourself permission not to get it perfect 1st time…

  15. Andi Oparaku

    March 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Great article of all things to remember as you take on your the site.

  16. Refugio Arriozola

    March 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    May I have your permission to translate this post to spanish to publish it in my blog??

    Thanks in advance

    • Joel

      March 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Hi Refugio,

      No problems that will be fine, please have a link back to this article on your post. Thank you for asking sir.

  17. Kumar Gauraw

    March 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hi James,
    I enjoyed this post. The blog is also awesome. I liked all the 15 points. On a side note, I would have preferred to have 15th point as the 1st point because I believe that a lot of things fall in place when we have an attitude of gratitude. Just a personal thought… :-)

    Thank you for sharing.

  18. Strong By Choice

    March 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Always good to review the basics and more importantly DO them!

  19. Linda Harding-Bond

    March 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Excellent article. I want to add a # 16-Allow yourself to rest. As one who is striving to reach certain goals I find that the tendency to work to exhaustion is common and I have noticed this in other entrepreneurs as well. Resting and just taking the time to “be still” is so important in maintaining physical emotional and mental balance. I have had to learn the hard way that if you don’t give your body “me” time, it will take it without your permission.

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