There are many things we can learn from successful people. After all, videos in which famous business people, personal finance gurus, and complete nobodies explain how they became successful rack up millions of views.
Also, “How to make money“ is one of the most lucrative niches of all, and there’s no shortage of influencers and content in them.
All that said, you can adopt some general habits TODAY that will move you one step closer to success.
1) Positive attitude
Let’s start with your attitude. To become successful, having any type of attitude that isn’t positive will make your journey that much harder.
You must cultivate optimism and resilience. Trying to focus on the positive aspects of situations and avoid dwelling on negativity means one thing – you focus on solutions instead of problems.
Although having a positive outlook on its own doesn’t automatically lead to success, people with such an outlook often have a lot of self-esteem and life satisfaction.
Without self-esteem and self-confidence, most people fail at some of their first obstacles.
What is life without any risk-taking? Is it even worth living? Granted, plenty of people live risk-averse lives, but that’s not a life of go-getters and people shooting for the stars.
To become successful, you need to be open to taking calculated risks to advance your goals.
You see, success often involves stepping out of your comfort zone.
I wish my parents were risk-takers and encouraged me to take more risks, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
I lived a very shielded life as they wanted only what was good for me – i.e., a job and a cookie-cutter life. And that’s it.
It’s no wonder I started taking risks only in my late twenties.
3) Goal setting
Talking about goals in life, they are the best way to achieve success. When you set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals, you have a roadmap you simply need to follow.
But you must also break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks and create action plans to achieve them.
When we talk about success, we think about money, career, and business, right? But research has shown something else. Something remarkable.
Entrepreneurs that set goals that were business success orientated were much less likely to achieve them than those with goals around being a better person or providing for their family.
The business success was merely a consequence of the fulfillment of these other goals.
“It’s who you know, not what you know.”
The older I am, the more I appreciate this popular catchphrase. Networking is extremely important in today’s world.
But the truth is, it has been important since the beginning of time. You either wanted to be the most dominant Neanderthal, or you wanted to be good with them.
To succeed in business, art, or even sports, you must start building a strong professional network.
You can easily accomplish that by attending events, joining industry groups, and maintaining meaningful connections with colleagues, mentors, and like-minded individuals.
Without taking responsibility for our actions and decisions and blaming others for all our mistakes and missteps, there’s no success.
Not unless you’re a nepo baby, failing your way forward and upward.
By holding yourself accountable, you reinforce commitment to your goals, track progress, overcome challenges, and avoid procrastination. This last one is particularly important.
Embrace setbacks as learning opportunities, build consistency, and inspire others through your journey.
Accountability is all about taking ownership of your actions and choices and is an undeniable positive and empowering force on your path to success.
Avoiding multitasking and concentrating on one task at a time improves productivity and reduces errors.
If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have trouble focusing on tasks. To push through this, do the following:
- Prioritize tasks based on deadlines and importance. Do the most important first.
- Set time blocks for focused work without distractions.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique (working for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break) to maintain focus.
Don’t forget to reward yourself with a small treat when you feel like you deserved it. But don’t overdo it.
7) Financial management
If you haven’t already, start practicing responsible financial habits like budgeting, saving, and avoiding unnecessary debt.
Don’t get me wrong, debt is useful for meaningful things, such as a place to live in or for developing or expanding a business.
Everything else is useless debt and something that’s keeping you poor or far from reaching your potential.
Buying a $60,000 car is unnecessary if you’re earning $60k a year. What are you trying to prove? Who are you trying to impress?
8) Time management
If you don’t have a PA, time management is incredibly important for reaching your goals.
Prioritize tasks based on their importance and urgency. Use to-do lists, calendars, or productivity apps to organize your schedule and allocate time efficiently.
Identify and eliminate or minimize time-wasting activities like excessive social media use or unnecessary meetings.
When it comes to planning and organization, create daily, weekly, and monthly plans to manage your duties effectively. You develop routines to create structure and consistency in your schedule.
Above all, organization reduces stress and helps you stay on top of your responsibilities.
9) Continuous learning
I’m a big fan of lifelong learning. It always helps me transition from one career to another as I find bigger and better opportunities.
Embrace a growth mindset by finding opportunities for learning and self-improvement. Read books, take courses, attend workshops, and stay up-to-date with developments in your field.
When you find a topic you’re interested in, strive to become an expert and an irreplaceable individual.
10) Resilience and adaptability
Embrace change and be flexible in your approach. Adaptability allows you to navigate through uncertainty and seize new opportunities.
Apart from that, building emotional resilience will help you handle stress and adversity, especially if you practice coping strategies and seek support when needed.
I’ve learned that the most successful people aren’t afraid to fail many times until they reach their goals.
When most of us would give up, they keep going because they see failures as opportunities to learn and grow.
That’s why you, too, must analyze what went wrong when you fail at something, make necessary adjustments, and keep moving forward.
Reaching success is a long game that requires persistence and determination in the face of challenges and setbacks. Keep pushing forward even when the going gets tough.
11) Communication skills
Developing effective communication skills to express ideas clearly, listen actively, and build strong relationships is also critical for reaching success.
That’s because effective communication lets you present your ideas persuasively and influence others positively. This skill is particularly valuable in sales, marketing, and leadership roles.
You can notice that many startup founders are awkward at first, but they grow into their role and develop better communication skills.
They have the ability to inspire and motivate others, share a vision, and provide clear directions.
12) Health and well-being
I can’t express how important it is to care for your physical and mental health. I probably should have put this on the very top of this list, but the truth is, this isn’t sexy. No one wants to hear this.
A sedentary lifestyle is a silent and slow killer that raises our blood pressure and cholesterol levels until you start noticing. But by that time, it might already be too late.
Stress is an added bonus, of course, that slowly eats us away too.
Exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, get enough rest, and practice stress-reducing activities like meditation or mindfulness.
Journaling is an excellent asset for people who struggle with finding a direction, those who worry too much or have anxiety, and everyone who wants to keep a healthy mind, really.
Keep a journal to jot down your thoughts, experiences, and reflections. This habit will provide clarity and emotional release.
For instance, before going to bed, write down the things that worry you the most about tomorrow and what you can do about them.
And first thing in the morning, write down what you’re grateful for and what you’re looking forward to doing today.
14) Digital detox
In today’s digital age, we’re constantly bombarded with information from all sides. Taking a digital detox allows you to step away from this information overload, giving your mind a chance to rest and reset.
It helps reduce stress and cognitive overload, allowing you to focus better on important tasks.
Simply take a break from electronic devices periodically. You won’t miss anything, and once you embrace this practice, you’ll start looking forward to it.
In the end, tell me, will you adopt at least some of these habits? I know this looks like a lot of effort, but everything that’s worthwhile is.
Contrary to popular belief, there are no shortcuts to reaching success. Every successful person you hear about or see on social media has either inherited their fortune or worked incredibly hard to suceed in their respective field.
What you see online is only the tip of the iceberg.