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11 Proven Ways to Become a Successful Person

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We grow up listening to stories of the great men who made a difference and dream of becoming like them someday. That dream begins to fade when we are faced with the actual hardships of life. The bottom line is, there is no easy road to success. Even the heroes we grew up reading about did not receive it on a platter.

You could be wondering then why not anyone who works hard become successful? There is not one but many reasons to why only a few out of millions get to know what success is. It appears that qualities of successful people have some characteristic traits in common, like they are all hard working, focused, competent, determined and try to achieve a workable goal. There could be more qualities that they have in common and it is probably the combination of these qualities that set them apart from the rest.

Although there are no set rules or definite patterns of behaviors for achieving success, there are a few simple practices that may help you get farther in life.

Here are 11 ways to achieve success:

1. Build courage within

You can be a highly competent person, but what is the use if you do not realize it yourself? You need courage to take action and only actions can increase your confidence level. It is necessary to test your limits, to see what you are capable of and unless you muster the courage to take the first step you will not be moving forward.

2. Develop social skills

In today’s world you need to have both the intellect and the social skills in order to grow. A study showed that social skills and cognitive abilities had no correlation with success in 1980, but today they do. You need to be smart and also popular at the same time to be successful in the 21st century.

3. Promote positive thinking

Successful people never doubt their intentions or their ability. Train yourself to think positive, to always expect the positive outcome. Positive thinking encourages action and only actions in the right direction can get you close to success.

4. Learn from failures

Successful people learn from failures, be it someone else’s or their own. Failure is not the end but only a part of your journey towards success. You can learn to improve yourself only through failures. Failures are lessons and not disappointments and it has been seen that successful people see failure as an opportunity for growth.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

5. Streamline your thoughts

Always know what you want. You may want a lot of things at the same time but find out what is it that you want the most. Achieving it would mean success. It is important to first decide what your goal is and then work towards it so that you do not feel lost after you have already invested a great deal in it.

6. Maintain your relationships

Let’s face it, you can get their alone. You need people to support you, to be there for you when you need and also to rejoice when you finally get there. So appreciate the help you are getting from the people around you and maintain your relationships with them. Having others around will make you happy and it is difficult to achieve success if you are not happy.

7. Seek as much knowledge as possible

Knowledge and wisdom are the keys to success. Therefore, gather knowledge from wherever you can and wisdom through experience. You can also derive knowledge from conversations with other people. They may know things which you do not. You can also benefit from their experiences. Therefore, keep you mind open and learn as much as you can.

8. Try to channelize your emotions

It is not that people who are successful have no emotion. But, they know how to compartmentalize. There will be a lot of ups and downs in life but you cannot let them affect your purpose. Learn to channelize negative emotions and stay focused, so that you can move on no matter what life throws at you.

9. Always keep stretching your limits

In order to grow, you need to keep improving yourself. You cannot afford to have a fixed limit to what you do if you have a goal in mind. Try and extend your limits and you will be surprised by what you can actually do.

“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.” – Andrew Carnegie

10. Do it yourself

While it is true that you will need the support and cooperation of other people in order to succeed, try not to be too dependent on them for things you can do yourself. If there is something that needs to be done and it is within your capacity to do it, don’t wait for others.

11. Have a plan but be flexible

If you know what your goal in life is it is easier to find a way to get there. But you need to chalk out a solid plan before you begin the journey. In case you have not prepared a well-grounded plan beforehand, there is a high possibility of stagnation after a certain point. However, it would also be unwise to remain too rigid on your plan. If you come across a better idea mid-way, changing your course will be the right thing to do.

It is only you who can decide whether you are truly successful or not. Success may mean something to you and something else to the person next to you. Success ultimately goes on to prove whether you are happy with yourself or not. If a simple, peaceful life makes you happy then you do not need to build empires to be successful. So, in order to be successful, find out first what success exactly means to you.

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Which one of these ways has helped you most with your own success’s? Please let us know by leaving a comment below!

Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in sales funnels, targeted traffic, and website conversions. He has helped brands, influencers, startups, and individuals grow their businesses. He co-founded Gifographics.co because he knows that visuals play a key role in a successful digital marketing strategy.

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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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