You can’t magically decide that you’ll become successful, nor can you wish it into being. The principle or key to success work only if you first understand what they are and then actively apply them in your life.
Most successful people tend to share some common traits and habits, in fact, they also all have one thing in common
They’ve figured out some rules to success, which allows them to thrive as entrepreneurs, business owners, athletes, actors, and more.
This article has the 129 secrets of successful people that you can use to propel your own success forward!
WHAT IS SUCCESS?
If you ask 100 people what success is, you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some might say it’s owning a nice home and car.
Others will tell you that success is having lots of money in your bank account.
Whatever your definition, everyone who’s achieved some level of it has done so by following certain principles or keys that help them achieve their goals.
WHY DO YOU NEED THE KEYS TO SUCCESS?
For many people, success is like a far-off castle in a magic kingdom.
They know it exists. They might even feel they’re getting closer sometimes… but then they slip up and fall off their horse (or car, or bike) and feel as if they’re falling further away from it than ever before.
Why does that happen?
Because most people are riding to success in one of two ways: with lots of determination but no clear direction, or with a good plan… but lacking motivation.
It’s not enough to want something bad enough; you also have to plan for it intelligently and take daily action toward its achievement – even when you don’t feel like doing so.
Success takes planning, persistence, patience, and sometimes just plain hard work!
WHAT ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS?
It’s not always easy to tell what successful people have in common. But if you look closely, there are patterns, habits, and traits that are shared by some of history’s most notable winners.
Here we look at how history’s great achievers became great. And we’ll show you how you can apply their secrets and insights to become more successful yourself – starting today.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 1: FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
Even if it is not a very remunerative job, in your free time you could pursue something that you really like.
This will keep you happy and satisfied, which is key to a successful life.
If possible, make it a profession: if your interests are something that people are willing to pay for, even if you have no formal training in them (like art or writing), consider turning it into a business so that at least some of your time is taken care of.
The best way to do that would be through freelancing: find jobs online and pick up some freelance projects on sites like Upwork or Fiverr. Freelancing can also help with networking opportunities as well
VIDEO RESOURCE: HOW TO FIND YOUR PASSION
#SUCCESS KEY NO 2: WORK IN AN AREA YOU LOVE
Really think about why you want to start a business in the first place.
- Is it because you’re unhappy at your job?
- Bored with your career?
It is true that starting a business from scratch does carry risks, but if you work in an area that excites and inspires you, it will make all those sacrifices worthwhile.
Don’t focus on what kind of money you’ll make or who will respect or admire you for doing what you love; instead, focus on how working on something related to what excites and inspires you will help people.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 3: LEARN FROM FAILURES
We all make mistakes and most successful people have learned how to deal with failure. After your greatest failure, ask yourself if you learned something valuable from it.
- Was there a way you could have done things differently?
- Did it change your perspective on anything?
- Did it encourage you in any way?
- Did you realize something about yourself that previously went unnoticed?
If so, make sure that you take these lessons into account moving forward. It’s never good enough to wallow in regret over failures or mistakes; learn from them and move on.
And remember, failure is not permanent.
The past does not equal your future! As John C Maxwell says Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a delay, not defeat.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 4: TAKE RISKS
No matter what your skill set, there’s always room for improvement. Think about something you’re really good at. And now think about what you could do better.
Go ahead, I’ll wait right here. There are always ways to improve yourself and never enough time to get it all done.
The key is just doing it; taking that next step in becoming a better person or business owner or whatever goal you have in mind will help further your chances of success in other areas down the road.
If that sounds like a lot of pressure, remember it’s not just about succeeding at one thing
It’s about succeeding as a whole person with both your personal and professional life goals front and center at all times.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 5: SET SHORT TERM GOALS
Why are short-term goals important? It will help you in your journey towards success.
Short-term goals are more achievable and will help keep you focused on where you want to be in your future.
This is one key that successful people have learned through trial and error, and where failure led them to succeed.
Setting up a plan of action by having an idea of what they need to do next towards their long-term goal is a key that they all have used when they first started out on their journey.
It’s also important to know that each time you reach a goal, celebrate it!
#SUCCESS KEY NO 6: BE ADAPTABLE
Regardless of how well you’ve planned, things will change. Stay flexible and quick on your feet, so that you can take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 7: LOOK AT YOUR LIFE AS A GAME
Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, presents Habit #7 as: Think Win-Win: Look at life as a game. And in games, there are winners and losers.
Would you rather be a winner or a loser?
One thing is for sure: If you’re not interested in winning, then don’t play games. Go out into your world and demonstrate your uniqueness.
Play games with integrity.
By living life as though it were a game, you realize that winning is important, but losing isn’t permanent (and should never be taken personally).
More than that, by adopting this key to success you’ll begin thinking more positively.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 9: STOP COMPLAINING
Complaining is a time-suck and an energy-suck, so it’s important to eliminate it as much as possible.
Complaining reeks of self-pity discourages self-improvement, keeps us dwelling on problems, and makes us feel helpless (which can lead to inaction).
If you’re looking for keys to success, start by eliminating complaining from your vocabulary. Instead, try saying something like what can I do about it? or how can I fix that?
This change in mindset will help you focus on problem-solving instead of wasting time moping.
Change your language and change your life!
#SUCCESS KEY NO 8: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO MOTIVATE YOU AND MAKE YOU BETTER
Surround yourself with people who can challenge you, support you, and keep you moving forward.
Surrounding yourself with such people is key to your success and happiness in life. The power of relationships is just too great not to tap into it.
- But how do you do that?
- How do you find such people?
- How do you make sure that once they are in your life, they stay there?
To answer these questions, I will give you a simple exercise which anyone can try.
Write down five qualities that define someone who really motivates and inspires you. To help illustrate my point here’s an example:
- Being driven
This list is obviously subjective—it’s your list!
#SUCCESS KEY NO 10: STRIVE TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
One key to success is striving in other to reach your full potential.
You won’t get there without effort, but you can make sure you’re moving in that direction by following a few simple steps.
Make it a goal at least once a year – if not more often – to check on where you stand and how far along you are toward reaching your maximum potential.
This will help keep you motivated and focused as well as show you which areas need work or personal growth.
Whatever your biggest weakness maybe, build into each day some time devoted specifically to working on it, whether by reading books on specific topics or tackling projects that will allow you room for improvement.
Or just take five minutes every evening and go over what happened during the day – what went well and what didn’t? Adjust accordingly for tomorrow’s results!
#SUCCESS KEY 11: DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS
In life, we learn that there are no shortcuts. We’re never going to get something in one-tenth of the time it takes.
We’re not going to spend 10% of what something is worth; chances are we won’t even be able to afford it at all.
The path for success and happiness isn’t about a quicker way; it’s about making sure you take every step along your journey correctly – that way you reach your destination safely and successfully.
Take pride in how hard you work on each task and don’t do things halfway or shoddily just because you’re tired or want an easy way out.
When trying to achieve any goal, focus on getting a little bit further each day until that goal is yours!
#SUCCESS KEY 12: DON’T STOP LEARNING, BE A CONTINUOUS LEARNER
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day busywork that we stop challenging ourselves. To be successful in life, you must set yourself apart from others by continuously pushing your boundaries.
The more you learn, grow, and develop, the better position you will be in for success later on down the road.
So embrace your learning: take a class on a topic you love or simply go out there and explore things outside of your comfort zone.
If nothing else, it will teach you something about yourself as well as provide valuable experience for your resume (and your personal growth).
It’s never too late to start!
#SUCCESS KEY NO 13: ALWAYS HAVE A LIST OF GOALS
Having a list of goals will help keep you moving forward. As Henry Ford once said, whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, either way, you’re right.
Your list of goals helps clarify your objective and direction. Start by easy professional goals that are achievable for yourself.
Writing down specific life goals also helps clarify them in your mind so that as time passes and priorities shift, it will be easier for you to stay on track with achieving those things that are most important.
When setting up your list, start with 5-10 long-term career or life objectives.
Add one new goal every month for six months and then review all your goals in order to create new ones for another six months.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 14: DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST
One of our biggest strengths is also one of our biggest weaknesses.
The ability to remember and reflect on events from our past can help us make better decisions in our future, but only if we know how to tap into it correctly.
Dwelling too much on past regrets or losses can lead us down a path towards negative behaviors that are best left behind.
And while we might convince ourselves otherwise, nobody likes a depressed person, so getting back out there and experiencing new things is a great way to move forward and stay in an energized state of mind.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 15: GIVE UP WHEN IT’S WISE TO DO SO – NOT WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT
What people don’t realize is that success is often just an inch away from failure. When you know you’ve reached your limit, stop and then take a break.
Sometimes it’s best not to push yourself too hard. Give up when it’s wise to do so – not when it is convenient.
Don’t lose sight of what you want or let others tell you how you should be living your life. Take care of yourself, practice self-control, and be aware that giving up doesn’t always mean weakness.
#KEY 16: LISTEN TO PEOPLE’S OPINION
Many of us have a tendency to judge others harshly. Understand that people’s opinions and criticism are not necessarily negative.
Oftentimes, they are rooted in love and concern for you; it takes time and patience to understand that, so don’t take people’s judgments personally.
Also, if you are going through a rough patch in life, they may be offering advice or trying to help in their own way.
If that’s true, be grateful for their concern and try following their advice—sometimes we need just one person who believes in us before we can truly believe in ourselves.
#KEY 17: ALWAYS BE PATIENT, REMEMBER EVERYTHING TAKES TIME
Be patient. Be patient, be patient, and be patient.
Always be prepared for your goals to take longer than you expect, because they will. Setbacks and roadblocks are an inevitable part of any journey.
And if you’re experiencing them, consider it a sign that your goals are on track.
So when things don’t happen quickly enough for you or go according to plan, just stay focused on making good progress – even if it’s slow – and trust that change will come as long as you keep pushing forward.
#SUCCESS KEY NO 18: SET GOALS
Goals give your life meaning and focus. You must know where you’re going if you want to get there.
The bigger your goal, or dreams, the more motivation it will take to reach them. But don’t let that stop you from trying – just make sure that what you’re working toward is worth it!
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#SUCCESS KEY NO 19: WORK ON YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
The 80/20 rule or Pareto principle, as it’s known in academic circles, states that 20 percent of what you do contributes to 80 percent of your success.
But how can you possibly be at your most productive 20 percent of the time? By developing better time management skills.
It’s easy to get caught up in minutiae and waste hours on projects or conversations that don’t move you closer to your goals.
If you want to be successful, time management is key.
Not only must you manage the scheduling of all of your appointments, meetings, and project deadlines, but you also must manage your time while completing your tasks.
That is, if you put more time than necessary into a project, you won’t have time to complete another.
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