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?