4 Things Successful People Do That Unsuccessful People Don’t Do

Successful people know what unsuccessful people don’t know.

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In the words of Colin Powell, “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Success is not about material possessions. Success is about you and how you conduct yourself. How you do your daily business. What is success to you is not success to the next guy.

Success comes to those who attract it. If you attract success, if you do the right things, if you work hard, success will visit you, too.

The question here is: “Why are some people successful?”

“Why are others not so successful?” What are the secrets?

Is there any secret to success? If there is, how can we find it?

What is it that the successful people know that the rest of us are missing? What did they do that made them super successful?

Are they doing what the rest of us are doing? Or,

Are they doing something differently that the rest of us are not paying attention to?

Let us look at some of the things that successful people are doing right that the rest of us are missing.

Successful people are courageous.

Successful people are courageous people. They are scared of the unknown, but they never stop pursuing their dreams. They don’t allow fear to stop them from achieving their dreams. They know that without courage, nothing will happen. They look fear in the eye and keep going. They never stop moving.

“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.”- Baltasar Gracian

Successful people embrace mistakes.

Successful people know that without mistakes they are not going anywhere. When you make mistakes, it shows you are learning. It shows you are progressing. It shows you are doing the right thing. Don’t be scared to make mistakes. It is part of your journey to success. Embrace it. Learn from it. Move on.

“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”– Plutarch, Greek Roman biographer

Successful people know what they want.

Successful people know what they want and how to get it. It is easier to succeed if you know what you want. If you know what you want to achieve in life, it is easier for you to go about achieving it. But if you don’t know, you won’t know how to get it. Know what you want, assess the situation, plan, take action, and measure your progress. If you don’t like your results, change what you are doing.

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”– Seneca The Younger

Successful people trust themselves.

Successful people trust themselves, even when they don’t know what they are doing. They believe in themselves. They believe in what they are doing. Success starts with self-belief. If you want to be successful, YOU MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Self-belief gives you courage, confidence, hope, and determination to pursue your dream. You must believe in yourself if you are to succeed. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will believe in you. No matter what you are going through, don’t make excuses, just believe in yourself, and you will be a victor.

“Trust in what you do, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.”- Natalie Goldberg, Zen practitioner

To be successful, you must do the right thing. You must work hard and smart. You must look fear in the eye and say, “I am a winner.”

So shall it be!

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How To Avoid Being A Workaholic

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It is a good thing to work, but it is not good to do it too much. In today’s society, you are celebrated if you work 100 hours a week. But is it really good for you to be a workaholic? To answer this question, let us see what experts have said about how to enjoy your work.

Ovid, the Roman poet, said, “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” According to this quote, more is not better. But our society makes us believe that more is better, fast is better, fast is good, working 120 hours is productive. How ridiculous!

If you really want to do a good job, a job that will make you live longer, a job that will make more money for the company, and/or a job that will change your life and the lives of the people around, you MUST learn how to take rest.

People are addicted to their jobs for many reasons. They want to finish everything before their peers. They want to show to their boss that they have what it takes to be the next leader. They are forced to take their jobs home- whether they like it or not. They are doing it because they want more money. They are doing it because they want to show to their peers what they can do. They are doing it because they want to show to themselves that they are capable of doing more.

The question is: Is being a workaholic sustainable? For how long are we going to keep taking jobs home? What are we going to do about it? The choice is yours. Remember, you always have a choice to make things better.

You can cure your workaholic attitude by setting priorities. You should know what is important, and you should also know what is urgent. Not all that is important is urgent. Not all that is urgent is really important.

You can cure your workaholic attitude by not beating yourself up for not doing enough. It is not always possible to complete everything when you need to complete it. Accept that. It is part of life.

You can cure your workaholic attitude by paying attention to what you are doing. Try to learn more about your project before you start. When you do that, you save yourself from running into more trouble.

You can cure your workaholic attitude by acknowledging the fact that more is not better, that fast is not better, and that more is not quality. If you know that, you will not subject yourself to unnecessary stress.

Finally, if you cannot do any of the above things, learn how to meditate, exercise, eat right, have a good sleep, talk to good people, relax, listen to good music, or read some great books. And if you have to bring your project home, take rest before you start. If you run into trouble while doing it, don’t hold back, reach out to someone who can help you. With that, I submit to you to balance your work-life. I can’t do it for you, only you can do that for yourself.

Winners are people who never quit

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Winners never quit. Winners are people who never quit. They fail multiple times, but they never quit. They believe in themselves. They believe that it can be done.

People who quit will never achieve anything big in life. They quit because it was too difficult. They quit because it will take them a while to succeed. They quit because they listened to the wrong people- the wrong advisers. They quit because they didn’t do their homework before they started. If you want to finish what you have started, no matter how hard, no matter how difficult, no matter the cost, do not quit. If you quit today because it is too hard, you will quit tomorrow when you hit the same rock. It is easier to quit than to continue.

If you want to finish what you have started, no matter how hard, no matter how difficult, no matter the cost, do not quit.

If you want to get things done, don’t quit. If you think your goal is too big to achieve, split it into how you can get it done. Instead of quitting, check if you need to change your strategies going forward. Change things. Do things differently. Don’t get stuck with the same way you have been doing things. If you continue to do it the same way, you will continue to get the same boring results. Think about what you think is stopping you from getting things done. Instead of quitting, go back and try again. Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort! Not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking your potentials.” If you want your dreams to come true, continue to fight for what you want, and you will achieve them.

If you want to be a winner, don’t quit. Keep trying.