successful habits
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Habits are what we are made of. Reverse-engineering what amazing achievers do, makes us understand that at the end of the day what shapes our destiny is most of all a matter of what we consistently perform on a daily basis. Of what we basically tend to do, rather than those actions that needs us to rely on our mere willpower (still very relevant).

It’s then considerable as true what Aristotle said. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but an habit.

But old habits die hard and every time we are trying to do something different from the usual our brain pops-in telling us, that maybe, it’s not really worth it to change how we are currently behaving, as it feels so good and comfortable to rely even on negative habits.

Here are three habits that will help you achieve your dreams faster:

1. Plan more efficiently

To become excellent at this skill you should train to get your brain used to planning, consequently improving also your analytical and logical skills. 
This is the exercise. Write a goal that you want to reach: 
It should be a short or medium term.

Something like “finishing the project about…”, “going to London, Las Vegas, Rome”, “Increasing revenues by 3% in a month”, “Increasing customer range by…”

Now answer to these questions:

  • What is the most efficient strategy to reach it?
  • How much time do l need to reach it and how can I make it there sooner?
  • Who can help me reach it? Is there someone that already achieved that goal?
  • Where can l meet that person?
  • How many resources (money, equipment, etc.) do l need to reach it?
  • How can l get those resources if l don’t have them?

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

2. Give more

There is a common thought that you have probably already heard. The fact that giving is already a compensation in itself. That’s absolutely true, and there is something beautiful in being more generous.

Consider giving as a powerful force. This force is able to help not only others, but even more, the giver.
 Think about the money concept. It’s all about circulation: money has to always flow. When you’re selfish, scared, or whenever you just try to keep everything for yourself, you’re literally blocking the money’s movement.

The best thing you can do is try to make this giving force flow again. How? Give more. Be more generous. Always give back to whoever gave you something. Then, let the magic happen.

Embrace abundance. It’s not that the more you have, the less others should have. If

you can have more, even others can have more. You want love, success, respect, true friendship? The best way to have it all, is to give it first. Passionately, for free, without asking anything in return.


3. Get a mentor

A crucial aspect when it comes to being successful is to spend time with someone who already has the results you want. Most of the time it will be someone 10-­20 years older than you. They already cracked the game, and its knowledge comes from their own mistakes and from the errors of who they learned from.

Steve Jobs was a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg. Warren Buffet to Bill Gates. Sir Freddie Laker to Richard Branson. Paul Gauguin to Vincent Van Gogh. Dr. Dre to Eminem. Jim Rohn to Anthony Robbins. The list is incredibly long, almost infinite.Spend time with someone who already has the results you want. It will save years of your life, while improving your decision making process.

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

What habits do you think are most important to your success? Leave your thoughts below!


  1. I love this
    I would just love to ask questions on point #3; Could one have a mentor who he can hardly or may not meet in person- an author, preacher, or a business-man?
    MUST a mentor know his mentee. that is,MUST he(mentor) have personal knowledge of his mentee?
    What are the pitfalls of have such mentor mentee relationship? Thanks

    • Well, theoretically yes, practically also books, course, etc. might be considered as “mentors,” but are less powerful as they’re not tailored to your specific situation.

  2. Angelo giving more is the habit I think we all need to practice more. I am trying very hard right now to practice the habit of giving and not always focusing on what may come back my way. Thanks for your advice and for writing this blog post.

  3. Wonderful points Angelo!

    I do believe having a mentor is one of the best ways to improve your own game, besides it also encourages networking and deeper learning.

    I would also recommend a coach, at least for me, it kills 2 birds with one stone. My coach is both my mentor but also well versed in coaching techniques to break barriers, roadblocks, and habits that have been causing me troubles while launching my own projects.

    I believe if you can have access to both, you gain a lot of experience and also remove your own internal barriers. At least that’s what I’m thinking.

    • I definitely agree, Alex! Also for me, one the main mentor in my life was a coach I hired two years ago. One of the best choice I ever made! It tangibly changed my life.

      Many people think: “OMG, I can’t spend that much for a coach.” That’s a fallacy! The quality of your decisions is directly correlated to the quality of the information you have. What’s better knowledge than insight coming from someone that’s exactly where you want to be? This can literally save years of your life!

      But they don’t do it cause they can’t get that they’re buying something most “intangible” (same of traveling for instance).

      They say, spending $ 500 for a coach it’s too much because their brain can’t exactly tell what they’ll get. There’s always the risk that they will not get what they want, it’s risky. So, better buying a $ 700 phone, or $ 300 t-shirt. At least you know you’ll get that short-term instant gratification for sure.


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