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Remarkable Habits of Successful People That Will Guide You

Priya Johnson Oct 01, 2019
Influential professionals become game changers because of their game-changing ideas. Is success accidental or is there more to it? What's the edge successful people have over the others?

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"Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities, they vary in their desires to reach their potential." - John Maxwell

Dream Big

Unless you dream of the mountain top, you won't work on scaling the mountain. The first step to success is visualizing where you want to be.

Prepare Constantly

When life takes you into the valley learn everything you can about mountaineering! Will Smith says he's constantly preparing so he's ready when an opportunity comes his way.

To Do List

Wake up early and jot down the things you need to get done. Prioritize and get the most important thing done first. You'll be lesser stressed to focus on the other stuff.

Idea Journal

If you aren't in the habit of maintaining a journal, at least jot down your ideas on a sticky note on your laptop.

Don't Look Down Upon Chores

Actor Meryl Streep admits to ironing her clothes, while Amazon's Jeff Bezos admits to washing the dishes every night. Chores keep us grounded.

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“I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.” - Will Smith

Live Each Day to the Fullest

Every day comes with new opportunities, so make the most of it. View each new day as a fresh canvas and give it your best.

Think Week

Bill Gates schedules a solo 'think week' in a cabin in the woods, to reflect and come up with new ideas. Set aside a week every 6 months, when you can focus and strategize.

Did You Know?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was rejected 12 times before the publisher Bloomsbury decided to publish it.

Challenge Yourself

Stop focussing on what others are doing. Set goals for yourself and work on achieving them. Work on making your current version of yourself better than the last one.

Inspiring Social Circle

The people you surround yourself with have an impact on your life. Negative people impart cynism and negative energy, so check your circle.

Borrow as Little as You Can

Successful investor, Warren Buffet stands by this principle. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid borrowing money.

Yearly Goals

Mark Zuckerberg challenges himself every year by setting goals for himself like learning a new language, etc. Set goals that inspire your inner-self.

Read, Read and Read

While we may not be able to read as many books as Bill Gates does, we need to incorporate reading as a habit. Start with autobiographies or books about subjects you're passionate about.

Embrace Failure

Ellen Degeneres, Will Smith, Richard Branson, etc. all emphasize the importance of failure. Don't be afraid to fail, instead learn from it and use it to fuel your success.

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"Failure is not the opposite of success; it's a part of success." - Arianna Huffington

Say Goodbye to Excuses

Serena Williams didn't let the dilapidated courts and poverty in her surroundings distract her from her goal. Stop making excuses about your circumstances.

Guard Your Dream

People may or may not understand, agree or support your dreams. We are responsible for our own dreams.
"Just because others don't believe in your ideas from the get-go doesn't mean that they are worthless. In my case, it drove me to want to succeed even more." - Richard Branson