Success is never something that comes naturally to people. No matter who you are or where you come from, you have to do the right things to be successful. Here are 10 common traits of successful people:
1) Be more organised
“Be very strong… be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.” - Alberto Juantorena
Having a methodical system of doing anything, ranging from how you do your household chores, to how you pack for a trip can take you a long way.
“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” - Charles Dickens
Keeping people waiting is the biggest no-no on the road to success. On the contrary, being on time instantly impresses people.
3) Dress Appropriately
“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” - Tom Ford
If you shouldn’t take a gun to a knife fight, then how would wearing pajamas to a formal occasion help you succeed?
4) Have a relatively fixed schedule to live by
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephan Covey
A fixed schedule might sound dreary and regimental, but it does help you to become organized and also keeps you from wasting time. A relatively fixed schedule also keeps you healthy.
5) Develop Hobbies
“It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith… the saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.” - Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
All work, no play is no recipe for success. Having no interests beside work inevitably results in failure. By developing hobbies, whether a sport or an art, your mind remains active.
6) Reward Yourself
“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” - Elizabeth Taylor
It is very important to reward yourself even when you accomplish really small goals or reach any sort of milestone. Remember everything you do counts. No milestone is ever too small.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” - Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
Traveling even to a new neighbourhood over the weekend can open up your mind to a hundred different things that you had no prior knowledge of. Being willing to have these new experiences and learn new things, plays a major role in succeeding.
8) Be reasonably flexible
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” - Albert Einstein
Being rigid won’t do you no favours. If you are open to accommodating the needs of others, you are sure to eventually succeed.
“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.” - Patti Digh, Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives
Always keep the big picture in mind. Never lose sight of what is really important. If you are required to give up the most important thing in your life to forge down a short road to success, it may not be worth it, and you may end up with far more regrets than anticipated.
10) Don’t let success get to your head
“A great man is always willing to be little.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success, like anything can be really harmful if not handled carefully. If you do let the success of one task blur your vision of the bigger picture, then you have won a single battle, but lost the war.
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