Why are some people highly successful? Why are others not so successful? What are they doing right that others are doing wrong? You will find the answers to these pressing questions after you have read and digested the following eight secrets of highly successful people.
Successful people make lots of mistakes. The art of making mistakes is what all successful people practice. Successful people don’t see mistakes as mistakes; they see mistakes as learning opportunities. Make mistakes, learn from them, and move on.
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”- Buddha
Successful people take risks. Success and risks are on the same highway. They are neighbors. Successful people are not smarter than you, but they take chances. A lot of people don’t take risks because they are scared of the unknown. They are afraid of what is coming next. You cannot succeed without taking a few calculated risks. You cannot succeed by playing it safe. Remember, you are the master of your life. Nothing will change unless you are willing to take risks.
“Only one who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”- T. S. Eliot, playwright and essayist
Successful people invest their time and money wisely: Highly successful people don’t play games with their time. They spend their time and money wisely. They are great time managers. They invest in themselves. Successful people don’t spend more than they earn. They pay themselves first. If they can do it, you can.
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value YOUR TIME. Until you value YOUR TIME, you will not do anything with it.”- Dr. M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”- Henry Ford
Successful people take action. Successful people recognize the importance of taking action. They understand that without action, nothing will change. Actions change things (positive or negative). If you plan to succeed, plan to take action. If you want your dream to come true, take action.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”- Pablo Picasso
“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.”- Meister Eckhart, theologian
“Nothing will work unless you do.”- Maya Angelou
Successful people don’t quit. People fail because they quit too soon. No matter how tough, don’t quit. If you quit once, you will quit again. Even when you choose to quit, don’t quit without a solid plan B. Sometimes it is better to quit than to keep wasting time doing what is fruitless. Again, don’t quit without a solid plan B, plan C, and plan D. Whatever you plan to do, see the plan through.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.“- Paulo Coelho, novelist
“It’s always too early to quit.”- Norman Vincent Peale
Successful people take responsibility. We are quick to blame others for our own problems. However, they are not the cause of our problems, we are. Where we are now is the result of the decisions we have made in the past. To be successful, learn how to take responsibility for your actions. Whatever happens, don’t blame others, blame yourself. Why do we even blame others for our problems? It’s easier to blame others than to take an honest look at ourselves.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”- Winston Churchill
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer
Successful people believe in themselves. Everything starts with belief. If you believe you can achieve something, you can. If you don’t believe you can achieve anything, you can’t. The only person that can stop you from achieving your dream is YOU. Believe you can, and you will.
“He who believe is strong, he who doubt is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.”- Louisa May Alcott, novelist & poet
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, writer
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”- Norman Vincent Peale
Successful people love what they do. Passion brings success. Without passion, success is almost impossible. Passion supplies energy. Successful people are passionate about what they do. REAL success comes from doing what you love. Failure comes from doing what you hate.
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”- George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”- Dr. Wayne Dyer, philosopher and self-help author