12 Healthy Habits of Successful People
Sitting around the table last month discussing things we do well and things can do better in the workplace, the topic of what successful people do came up. After a solid discussion on good vs. bad habits and looking at a few of our favourite business people / entrepreneurs, we came up with a list.
Here’s what we came up with.
They Fail. A lot.
There’s definitely something in the old adage “fail your way to success” and successful people truly personify it. Successful people fail and sometimes they fail a lot. The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person however is how they view that failure.
Instead of viewing a failure as a failure, a successful person sees it as a lesson learned and turn it into a positive for what they need to do or not do in their next venture. They fully understand that every failure can create a future success.
They are Constantly Looking for New Opportunities.
Successful people are always thinking “what else?” Once they establish a single success, they are not content to just ride that out. They are always reading, researching, networking or just hunting for a new opportunity. They recognise that success in one venture can be fleeting and so are always seeking to consolidate.
They Create their own Luck.
Luck is a funny concept – it implies an outcome that is completely random when success is often anything but. When someone says “oh that person is so lucky” when they don’t necessarily realise how much work has gone into the background of their venture. Often luck equates to extreme positivity and not giving up when others might have.
They Don’t Complain.
Why? Because complaining and fostering negativity in the mind of a successful person’s mind is a complete waste of time and energy. It’s better to look for the positives in a situation and work with those.
They Internalise Blame.
To a successful person, blaming someone else is counterintuitive. Taking responsibility for your action, inaction or failure to prevent a negative action of someone else allows a successful person to learn and change their actions next time.
They are Friends with Successful People.
It’s no secret that positivity fosters positivity and in the same way, surrounding yourself with successful people tends to foster success.
They Understand what they DON’T want from life.
They also understand what they DO want from life, but often understanding the things that you don’t want creates an equally clear path to follow and a drive to ensure success. Many success stories going around the internet start from “this happened to me in the past – I will not let that happen again in my future”. These stories are a prime example of creating success from negativity and recognising what you don’t want from life.
And they write it down. Numerous universities have done studies on the effectiveness of writing a plan towards success. Successful people write plans, measured in increments (1 year, 5 years, 10 years etc) and follow them, allowing for adjustments to be made along the way.
They Don’t freak out when a Problem Arises.
They look at it calmly and as objectively as possible, devise a solution and move on. Problems never become dramas.
They Understand Success comes in MANY Forms.
It’s one thing to be financially successful, but a truly successful person’s life contains balance. They recognise to only think about money is shallow and look to be successful in all facets of their life.
They Know their Self Worth.
They don’t rely on or need compliments to keep their positivity levels up. Their confidence comes from within and knowing that they can succeed. They understand what their time is worth and are happy to help other people as it increases their own drive.
They Finish what they Start.
It’s easy to walk away from something if it’s not going well, but it’s not a trait of successful people. Even if it ends in failure, they finish what they start – be it the smallest task or long-term plan.