“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
– Samuel Johnson
Ever wonder what it takes to be successful in life? What distinguishes successful people from those who never use their full potential? What is the secret of billionaires and what habits helped them in achieving their dreams?
First, let’s look at a few stories of outstanding people and what conclusions we can draw from them.
- Soichiro Honda is the founder of Honda, a large, well-known automotive company. Mr. Honda’s success story started when he went for a job interview at Toyota Motor Corporation. Honda was rejected and told that he was not fit for the job. Rather than giving up, Honda decided to create a company that would compete with Toyota and Honda Motor Company was born. If there’s anything that we can learn from this inspiring success story it is to never give up.
- Most people know of Stephen King, the famous author, but few know much of his story. Stephen’s first novel was rejected almost everywhere it was submitted. This happened so often that he finally threw it in the garbage! His wife got the manuscript out of the garbage and insisted that he submit it again, leading him to become the Stephen King we now know. The very important lesson we can take away from this inspirational story is thatrejections shouldn’t matter if you believe in yourself.
- The Dyson Vacuum Cleaner is known around the world as the vacuum that doesn’t lose suction and the idea for it was born long ago. Mr. Dyson first had the idea in his early 30s when he became frustrated with his Hoover vacuum and its loss of suction. His big idea was to use the concept of cyclonic separation to create the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner. It took Dyson 5,126 failures to finally get it right. When he did, at the age of 36, he was faced with more resistance when no distributor in the UK would take on the revolutionary product as no one wanted to buck the trend. So, in 1993 at the age of 46, Dyson formed his own company to market the product. Today, Dyson is worth more than £3 billion all because of his refusal to give up. Dyson’s success story should lead us to conclude that failure should never stop you even if it occurs more than once!
People who are highly successful often share habits that others less successful do not. So, if habits have the potential of making us more successful, then wouldn’t we want to adopt these habits and list ourselves among the successful? So, here’s a list of the best and most effective habits of successful people and a few tips about how to easily implement them in your own life.
#1: Successful people don’t live in their comfort zones
Successful people are not afraid to come out of their comfort zones, even if the task at hand seems to be daunting and impossible. They know that if they don’t, they won’t grow or learn to achieve anything of value and substance.
#2: Successful people avoid procrastination
Successful people are intentionally proactive. They know the only way to achieve their goals is by doing the work, not by finding excuses which often leads to delay. Execution is key. Once they know what needs to be done, they are proactive in executing it.
#3: Successful people are confident and positive
Successful people are very optimistic about the positive outcome of their work and mission. Even though they are confident and hopeful of their future successes, they are practical and realistic that things may not work out as planned. They surround themselves with people who exude positive vibes and energy which are contagious and beneficial for their personal growth and life’s endeavors.
#4: Successful people write everything down
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before: Writing things down not only organizes your thoughts and inspires a routine, but it encourages you to accomplish tasks. It is said, on average, the top CEOs and successful individuals read about 50 to 60 books a year to be on top of their game. For the most part, learning is a desire and not a necessity for these exceptional individuals. They understand that continuous learning is one of the major keys to any success.
#5: Successful people invest in their continual personal growth
Successful people continuously invest in themselves and their personal development.
They invest in their:
- Personal growth
- Overall well-being
Successful individuals invest in continuous education to keep themselves up to date with the latest emerging trends, knowledge, and all things relevant to their field of work, business, studies and interests.
#6: Successful people are good listeners
Successful people know that listening is one of the most important characteristics of being a good leader. They understand the value of listening and appreciating other people’s views and opinions.
#7: Successful people value and guard their time
Successful people know their success is solely dependent on how effectively and efficiently they manage their time and available resources. They do not waste their time on unnecessary things or timewasters who don’t bring value to them or their work.
The traits and habits of the successful people mentioned above will hopefully help you on your journey to becoming successful in whatever you set out to accomplish. Pick a few habits that you like and see if you can incorporate them into your daily regime.
Success often comes after periods of frustration that may make you uncomfortable. But after you’ve persevered through those difficult times, you’ll emerge stronger and be closer to the success that you desire to achieve.
Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start failing, and start failing often; that’s how you will succeed.
“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” — Charlie Chaplin