There are recurrent success factors that achieved people often reference when they speak of their journeys. Fortunately, they are accessible to all of us. Here are eight behaviors from highly successful people you should adopt to put yourself on a winning path.
It took Ryan Reynolds 11 years to bring Deadpool to life, now a highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, and J.K. Rowling got rejected by 12 publishers before a small publishing house took a chance on Harry Potter.
If you are passionate about your project, be patient, keep knocking on doors, or explore creative solutions off the beaten path to lead your idea forward.
2. Planning Ahead
You can’t prepare for everything, but planning ahead gives you a clear overview of what needs to be done, how it will be done, what your definition of success is, and how it will be measured.
Having an initial structure laid out helps you to check in on your progress, assess what is and isn’t working, and modify your tactics as needed to steer towards your outlined definition of success. Even doing something as simple as planning out your day the night before is a great way to keep organised and build up momentum.
3. Learning From Mistakes
Mistakes can be a good thing – there is a great opportunity for learning and bettering yourself, your approach, your effectiveness. The key is in perspective.
Successful people do not dwell on the “failure” aspect, but rather analyze what could have been done differently, and how this new learning experience can be applied in the future.
4. Making Time For Self
The secret to staying driven without burning out is in finding the balance between your “on” and “off” time.
Successful people work on fulfilling their personal needs outside of work – spending time with family and friends, engaging in activities they enjoy, tuning inward to better understand themselves.
5. Waking Up Early
Mornings are key to controlling our schedule, and to developing habits that allow us to lead productive, happier lives. Many also noted that waking up early allows them to reset their mind by starting the day with a workout and a proper breakfast.
6. Exercising And Eating Healthy
The vitality of the body is directly responsible for the vitality of the mind. Eating healthy and exercising daily are great ways to reset your mind and maintain the energy levels needed to stay focused throughout the day.
7. Investing In Personal Growth
A big part of overall success is having a diverse range of knowledge and experience that allows to approach a problem from multiple angles, or strategize with understanding of various moving parts.
Reading a lot, attending conferences or talks by industry thought-leaders, or learning new skills are all great ways to inspire fresh ideas and broaden your perspective.
8. Giving Back
Success never happens in a vacuum – there are always people who support us, believe in us, guide us – and highly successful people acknowledge that. They tend to be generous with their time or finances by mentoring, volunteering, or engaging in charitable work.
By sharing their expertise they feel valuable, fulfilled, and connected to diverse groups of people. And if that’s not enough of a reason, let’s be honest- there’s no cap on good karma.