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10 Habits of Successful People: How to Become Successful Yourself

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Every one of us aims for success. Whether we admit it or not, we want it. The people you admire and seem to have all figured out aren’t any smarter than you. So, what really goes on behind the scenes to become a successful person?

The truth is, everything comes down to the daily practices you cultivate that make your success ‘inevitable.’ The habits you develop today can pave your way to the success you dream of. 

Entrepreneurs, executives, and any self-made millionaires, aside from random luck, cultivate certain habits to grow and achieve their goals. Learning the top 10 habits of successful people and how to employ them in your life can be highly rewarding. 

How is Success Defined?

What is success? Is it wealth, happiness, or fame? Merriam-Webster defines success as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame.” But, in reality, it’s more than that, and the outcome changes for everyone. 

Success can mean different things to different people. For some, success may mean achieving financial prosperity, while others value accolades or trophies. Even simply achieving a state of health, wellness, or happiness can be the success of their life. 

In his book Born to Win!, the late Zig Ziglar argues that success cannot be defined in a single sentence but consists of many things.

The famous inventor and businessman Thomas Edison define success as “Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” 

For Richard Branson, “true success should be measured by how happy you are” and not how much money you make or the people you associate with. 

Whatever it might mean for you, these ten habits of successful people can dramatically change your lifestyle. They apply to any area, and if persistently applied, you can accomplish any life goals easily. 

Success Strategies for Personal Development

Achieving any life goal starts by developing a rigorous routine, building your skills and qualities to reach your potential. Maximising your personal development is imperative for your success and satisfaction in life. 

Life is full of challenges, and how you react to these challenges makes all the difference. Whether you’re trying to succeed at college, home, or work, you will find challenging situations where you need to adapt. Though it might not be easy, you need to ensure that you’re equipped to handle and grow from any situation through personal development. 

One would ask, what is personal development? Simply, it’s a continuous process of self-improvement. Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a method for people to assess their skills and qualities, examine their life aims, and set achievable goals. That way, they stay in control of realising their dreams by using their maximum potential. 

Abraham Maslow suggests that personal development occurs through a process of self-actualisation. Every person needs to see themselves as competent and autonomous. He further argues that every person has limitless room for growth. 

Self-actualisation means “to become everything that you’re capable of becoming,” a sense of fulfilment. And that can only be achieved by being in touch with your feelings, experiencing life with full concentration. 

Once you identify your weaknesses and challenges you want to improve, follow the following list of tangible and clear personal development strategies. 

  1. Set goals
  2. Write everything down 
  3. Do what works for you 
  4. Start with sizeable targets 
  5. Go at your own pace
  6. Improve skills every day
  7. Have a winners’ mindset
  8. Learn from failure 
  9. Dedicate time to one thing at a time 
  10. Prioritise and measure your achievements

Some Habits

Tom Corley surveyed 233 self-made millionaires and successful people on their daily habits. And compared the responses with 128 low-earning individuals in his best-selling book “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.” He explains wealthy people have habits that set them up for success. 

Rise & Shine Early 

One of the best habits of any successful person is that they get out of bed early. It gives a sense of fulfilment and confidence to plan and accomplish their daily tasks easily. According to Corley, almost 50% of successful people got out of bed at least three hours before their workday started. 

Exercise & Diet

Entrepreneurs and self-starters require more than just mental fitness. Their physical fitness is a priority. They mostly have a daily workout regime that involves full-body workouts such as running to clear the mind while challenging themselves physically. A strong body holds up a strong mind. 

Sleep

It is not just about waking up early. Having enough sleep is an essential part of life. It sharpens and recharges your brain to tackle any task throughout the day. Similarly, sleep is not just about hours. The quality of sleep also matters. So, a proper schedule makes you feel well-rested and prepared for the day ahead. 

Social Environment

Environment influences you, either a force for good helping you achieve your goals or taking away your dreams and ambitions to the grave. Successful people realise the importance of their social environment. From the people around them to the space they work and live in, to what they watch, read, and consume on social media. 

As the famous saying goes, “You are the average of the five people you associate with most.” Therefore, people with ambitions tend to surround themselves with motivated and ambitious people who strive for success. 

Focus

In his success book, Corley says that many self-made millionaires tend to think in isolation to process everything that’s going on in their lives at times in the morning. Successful people not only have goals, but they also reflect on their progress, health, and relationships at all times. 

Analysing their thoughts during these quiet times is associated with stress reduction and will help focus on the main goals in this distracted world. 

Work/Life Balance

Having a balance in life is necessary for health and relationships as it improves productivity and performance beyond one’s imaginations. Successful people don’t view work as a chore. They work harder to achieve their goals by loving what they’re doing. 

Overworking puts you at the risk of jeopardising not just your social life but also putting your physical and mental health in danger. Finding the balance between work and home increases engagement levels improves performance, and in turn, achieves goals easily. 

Success isn’t a familial trait or dependent on the good fortune of a person. Everyone, and literally everyone, can achieve and climb the ladder of success by adopting the right behaviours. So, start practising these successful people’s habits and take your first step towards a successful life.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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