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What successful people do…
What successful people do that makes them so successful.
Do you want to be more successful? Most especially, do you want to be more successful right now? You can jumpstart your success by incorporating these 10 tips of successful people. You will learn what successful people do making your own road to success shorter.
1. Success comes from taking the time to learn.
We are not born knowing everything. Sometimes we are in such a hurry to get ahead that we feel guilty to take the time to learn. I know I’m guilty of it.
I’ve spent a lot of time teaching throughout my life and what I found to be the fastest way for anyone to learn is to have a laser-sharp focus on the task at hand. Don’t try to focus on more than one thing at a time or you will sabotage your success. I cannot learn five different things at one time, no matter how much I would like to try. Multi-tasking is popular in our culture and it may help to get things done but they don’t always get done right.
When you take the time to learn give learning every bit of your attention. Soak it all in with no distractions. Write down what you are trying to remember and that will help you a lot. After you write it down, go back and read your notes. Highlight the important parts and underline or circle other things that are important.
Listen to podcasts on a subject you really want to learn and if possible wear headphones so you can really get focused on your subject.
2. Successful people find the right teacher.
What successful people do is find the right teacher when they want to learn something. Finding the right teacher to help you with your learning method is priceless. We are not all the same, some people are visual learners and they learn by watching. Some people have to do things to learn them. Some other people need to read things to learn. We are all different but one thing we have in common is that we can all learn!
If you felt you were not a good student in the past, it may not have been your fault. As long as you did your best to learn something but just couldn’t get it, your teacher may not have understood (or had the time) to cater to your learning style. I can say that because when I taught if my students did the best job they could but could not grasp the material, it was on me to help them find a way to learn it.
A good teacher knows that not all students are the same. Today is a new day, find your learning style and learn something new every day. Never ever stop learning. The best way to be successful is to keep your mind sharp. Our brain is like a muscle, we have to work it to keep it strong. The older I get the better my memory, and that is because I never stop learning.
If with age automatically came wisdom all older people would automatically be millionaires. You see, what successful people do is that they find great teachers to help them learn to become successful.
3. Success happens when you let go of the ego.
You don’t know everything and guess what, that’s OK. When I want to learn from someone I just try to empty out my head of everything I know while I suck up the tutelage of my mentor.
I think a lot of the reason we have an ego is we want to be accepted as successful. I find the most intelligent people don’t have to prove anything to anyone, they just absorb knowledge like a sponge.
Please don’t take offense when someone tells you that you are doing something wrong. When you take offense that is your ego, ignore the ego and instead ask “What do I need to do to improve?” that is what successful people do.
There is always something you can learn from everyone. You can even learn what not to do and that is one of the greatest lessons of all so put that ego aside and allow yourself to learn.
4. Success comes to those who get organized.
The best way to really learn something is to teach it. When you are trying to find the secret formula to becoming successful organize a plan, that’s what successful people do. Set up a course to success and be your own student! By organizing yourself this way you have a course and a testimonial built right into your success. Who has more interest in yourself than you?
5. Successful people do not give up.
What is the one thing all successful people have in common? They never give up. Thomas Edison failed over 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. He never had any intention of giving up.
If you give up too easy, you never will get your breakthrough. Think about a chick, if you help a chick hatch what happens? He dies. A chick needs to peck its way out through his shell. That is the first lesson a chicken learns in life, determination. If we give up we don’t die, but our dreams do. Peck your way out of your shell and give your dreams life!
6. Success people are not afraid to fail.
Never ever be afraid to fail. I’ve failed more times than I can count. I’m not saying it feels good, but don’t dwell on that just brush it off. Think about this, if for every ten failures you get one success, those are pretty good odds. Nobody gets it right the first time. I think Henry Ford said it best when he said: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Failure is nothing to be ashamed of.
What do successful people do when they fail? The try again using what they learned to do it better the next time.
7. Successful people set deadlines.
Put a timeline on what you want to do. Don’t allow yourself to have a loose goal to your success. Make your goals concrete. Success is a journey, not a destination, but you do have to reach those mile markers along the way. If you set deadlines for yourself, then you have a plan and planning your way to success is what makes success happen!
If you don’t hit your deadlines don’t give up or lose sleep over it just readjust your deadlines and try it again.
Don’t let perfection stand in your way of getting things done. No one is perfect and you can always improve upon things later.
8. Success comes from taking notes.
Successful people always have a pen and paper or a note taking app ready on their phone. You never know when inspiration will strike. Don’t let a million dollar idea fly out of your head and into oblivion. Take notes and write things down! You may not act on that idea right away but it is there for future use or inspiration.
When you write things down it helps you remember them. You can free up some of that space inside your brain when you write things down on paper.
There is something about writing things down that makes them happen!
9. Successful people look for ways to be more efficient.
Being efficient is what successful people do. There is always a better way to do something, we just have to find it. Continue to tweak until you are satisfied with your efficiency. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you can learn efficiency from someone else.
Keep testing and trying methods of efficiency until you find what works for you. I like to be efficient with anything I spend my time doing because time is a commodity and if you let it, time will make you rich.
For example, I realize I can be more efficient at brushing my teeth and do a better job with a sonic toothbrush. I took the advice of my dentist who is a tooth professional and now I have easier cleanings and better check-ups.
Consult a professional in an area you need help, they always have more efficient ways to do things. Someone who does something every single day will probably have a better method to get something done than someone who only does this thing once in a while.
You may not be exactly where you want to be but success is a journey as well as a destination. As a friend said to me recently, “You are already a millionaire, you live the millionaire lifestyle.”. I am so busy looking to the future I sometimes forget to enjoy my success in the present. Remembering to pat yourself on the back once in a while can help you see just how far you have come.
As long as you are continually striving to be the best that you can be, streamlining your process by getting rid of what doesn’t work and keeping what does, you deserve to celebrate your success. Pat yourself on the back right now because if you don’t, who will?
We all have it in us to be extremely successful. So tap into what makes you the best you can be. We may be super successful in some areas and lacking in others. As time marches on keep honing your skills and become better and better. It’s good to focus on the areas we have been successful as well as the areas where we need to keep striving to do better.
What do successful people do that you know? What are some of your recent successes? I know you have many, let’s celebrate them together!
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