Admit it, you often look at people doing well at life and just think, “How??” How did they get there? How do they do it? How are they up there and I’m still here?"
We looked at loads of success stories to unlock their secrets to getting to the top and staying there. If this isn’t enough to make you feel guilty and spur you into action, nothing will!
1. Successful people say no
According to psychologists, the one habit a successful person has over everyone else is the art of saying no. Kelly Maniatis from Left Field Consulting Services explains: “What this means is the successful person is able to know when something has been compromised or doesn’t fit into their values or beliefs. The simple act of saying no to something forms the habit of what you truly want and limits bad habits creeping back in. Every time you say ‘yes’ to something, chances are you are saying no to yourself!”
2. Successful people read. A lot.
Don’t ever dismiss book nerds as being losers, because last time we looked they ran the world. Bill Gates says he reads an hour a day, J.K Rowling read anything she could get her hands on and even Barrack Obama says he’s got a voracious appetite for books. “Be nice to nerds,” Bill says. “Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” Word.
3. Successful people look after themselves first
The people at the top know they’re no use to anyone if they’re not at the top of their game themselves. The Leg Vein Doctor’s Dr Kemp elaborates: “No matter how hard you work, make sure you find the time each week to exercise or spoil yourself with a massage. If you are fit and healthy, you will be able to put more into your job and the relationships in your life."
4. Successful people don’t wait
E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web put it best: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” And Amy Poehler said pretty much the same: “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” Amy said it, so you know that’s right.
5. Successful people don’t care what you think
Don’t get us wrong here, they are empathetic and care how you feel, they just don’t care what you think of THEM. Tina Fey, the fountain of wisdom that she is, said it best when she said: “Don’t waste time trying to change opinions. Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
6. Successful people keep calm and carry on
There’s no use losing your head. Managing Editor of Style Magazines Paul Johnson says it’s important to keep it all in perspective. “Think about whether this will still be a challenge in five years, one year, even one week from now.” He says by thinking laterally, there’s almost always a solution that can be found, and in the scheme of things, most problems aren’t that big. “There’s not many life-threatening challenges out there.”
7. Successful people help
Self-development guru Brian Tracy explains: “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” So don’t be selfish! Remember it’s not about you and sometimes a deed for someone else can actually get you further than looking after number one.
8. Successful people prioritise
Steve Jobs once said “Things don’t have to change the world to be important,” and he’s right. There are lots of things on successful people’s to-do list but they always know there’s an order to complete each task to keep them on top. Spending time with friends or family might not seem like it’s directly impacting their career, but the truly successful people know emotional contentment is key to doing pretty much anything in life so they prioritise it highly.
9. Successful people don’t quit
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Yep, Thomas Edison had it right. People at the top didn’t stop when they hit a wall. It sounds corny, but they don’t see failures as negative, they see it as one step closer to success. If an experiment doesn’t work, they know they’re closer to one that does. If a deal doesn’t go through, they know the deal wasn’t right. Heck if their marriage ends in divorce, they know it wasn’t a failure, they just had 10 successful years of marriage. It might sound hard to be this perennially optimistic, but being happy isn’t what it’s about. It’s more about knowing there’s always time to do the right thing if you’ve gone wrong.
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