5 Habits of Successful People


As I was driving to work this morning, I felt a wave of contentment roll over me. I’m only twenty-two-years-old but have already accomplished so much for myself. I’m the youngest person at my company, live comfortably, and have found thriving relationships within my family and friends. Throughout my life, I’ve faced challenges and negativity… plenty of people told me “you’ll never make it”… but I surpassed their expectations. At the same time, I suspect this is only the beginning —I am only twenty-two-years-old!  

So, the question is: How have I made it this far? And what can you do to be successful as well?

Our society is very connected. We’re able to peek into the lives of celebrities, co-workers, and peers in the click of a button. This easy-access isn’t always a good thing, though. Especially when we start comparing other’s success to our own. Successful people don’t compare themselves to others. When you compare yourself to others who may be on a different path than you, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. You can lose confidence and enthusiasm that you need to move forward. Instead, Be so immersed in your own journey that you don’t have time to look at your neighbor’s.

I’ll admit it… I’ve spent nights alone, crying about hardships. The journey to success isn’t an easy one and at times, you may get discouraged. You’re bound to face failure at some point but it’s how you pick yourself up and move on that determines your success. Are you going to let a bad day knock you down? Or are you going to learn from your mistakes and work harder? Let failure light a fire inside of you. If you want success, you need to stay focused and determined.

Through past experiences, I’ve learned not to rely on other people for such important things. If you depend too much on another person, they’re likely to let you down or not do the job right. Learn to speak for yourself, fight for your beliefs, and create your own happiness. If you discover how to be inherently confident, strong, and happy, no one can take that away from you. Remember to watch out for toxic people who could jeopardize your success.

Who else is exhausted at the end of the day? I tend to pass out early each night but I’ll wake up the next day, refreshed and eager to give it my all. Success is largely about working hard. If you want something enough —go out and earn it! There are no shortcuts to success and it doesn’t come overnight. (Unless you’re Corinne from The Bachelor…)

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Think outside of the box and present new ideas. Successful people aren’t afraid to take risks. Most of the greatest lessons in life are learned by living outside of your comfort zone. When I graduated college, I moved to Raleigh without a job, place to live, and more than $100 bucks in my bank account. If I hadn’t taken the leap, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

In the end, your success is entirely up to you. You aren’t always going to have it all together and failure is rough but it’s all worth it. By actively pursuing your goals and practicing habits of successful people, you too will reach what you’re going after. Don’t let anyone bring you down because no matter your age, race, gender, etc. you too can be successful.

Let’s start the conversation: What does success mean to you? What do you hope to accomplish someday?



  1. Rachel R Ritlop

    Love this and totally agree! success is about working hard and staying focused on your own lane. It can be so easy to get distracted by what you don’t have that you end up losing your drive!

    09 . Mar . 2017
    • Carly Delski

      Exactly! You need to stay focused on you and your own growth 🙂

      13 . Mar . 2017
  2. Katie

    I LOVE this post! I feel like you and I are a lot alike just from reading your perspective on things in this post. I graduated college at age 20 and I was the youngest person at my company when I first started my career. Your point about being determined and working hard is spot on. I sacrificed a lot in college to get where I am today, but it has paid off. I look around and see all the things I have accomplished in a short period of time and I can’t help but smile.
    Katie | http://www.millennialonthemove.com

    09 . Mar . 2017
    • Carly Delski

      That’s awesome, Katie! You go girl! And if you keep making awesome moves… you’re bound to go far! It seems like you really have a thirst for success and growing! And I feel you -I’ve had to make sacrifices too. But I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t. I wish you all the best 🙂

      13 . Mar . 2017
  3. the sofieyah diaries

    Success if being positive and comfortable with who you are while working your butt off to achieve your dreams 🙂


    09 . Mar . 2017
    • Carly Delski


      13 . Mar . 2017
  4. Cameron

    Love this! While it can be difficult to avoid comparing yourself to others (especially as a blogger), it really helps you stay motivated without being stressed!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

    10 . Mar . 2017
  5. Jessica

    This was really what I needed to read today – thank you for writing this!

    10 . Mar . 2017
  6. Jenny

    You go girl! I love seeing passionate women doing amazing things. I’m 25 and I own my own business so I feel pretty empowered by that.

    10 . Mar . 2017
  7. Greta

    Such a great post. Going outside your comfort zone is a big one! My dad used to tell me nothing ever happens unless it’s outside tou comfort zone.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    10 . Mar . 2017
  8. Bella

    I agreee 100% I wouldn’t be were I am today If I haven’t been kicking my butt!!!

    10 . Mar . 2017
  9. Jordyn

    Not comparing myself to others is a big one for me! We are all on different paths so comparing is useless!

    10 . Mar . 2017
  10. Bea

    This is amazing!!! Congratulations on all of your success lady! Often, we compare ourselves, I know I have in the past. Thanks for sharing these great things! xo

    10 . Mar . 2017
  11. Oby Grace

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I need to re-focus on my goal and instead of making them just dream to actually turn them into reality!

    13 . Mar . 2017
  12. Jessica

    So awesome girl, thank you!

    xo, jess


    13 . Mar . 2017
  13. Ashley

    Yes to all of these! I think that success is subjective so we all have our own definitions of it. However, just the other day I was thinking about how my definition of success applies to me – I’m 20 years old and have been an entrepreneur since I was 17 while still juggling full-time school and another part-time job. It’s a great feeling!

    14 . Mar . 2017
  14. Ash N.

    I love these kind of posts! I always feel inspired after. Getting out of my comfort zone has been a struggle but I’m slowly getting there.
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    22 . Mar . 2017

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