Success Secrets

We want to know success.

We want to live success.

We want to be success.


But how do we do it? Were the basics taught in that class I missed? What do other people do to find the success they seek?

The man with the average mentality, but with control, with a definite goal, and a clear conception of how it can be gained, and above all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end. William Howard Taft

From numerous newsletters, blogs and sources I’ve collected the content similar to that listed below. I selected two contributor’s suggestions because they make the sense. They are credible and actionable. These are practiced by successful people and studied by those who observe successful people. And, they really are not secrets. The best of all…they are easy to do.

Practice them, live them, find the success you seek with them.

8 things successful people do that lazy people don’t

Nicolas Cole, Inc.   (from INC magazine)  Sep. 24, 2016, 11:00 AM

Success is a game of habits.In itself, “success” is a relative term, and so its “achievement” is fully dependent upon the habits you put into place that move you step by step toward the “end” you define for yourself.

To be “successful,” it becomes a matter of the routine you put into place for yourself. Whenever you are looking outward, for example, it is very clear the difference between those who create positive daily habits for themselves versus the people who let life’s waves dictate their day to day.

Remember: You are the surfer. It’s up to you to ride the waves based on where it is you want to go, versus letting them carry you where they will.

  1. Successful people plan ahead. Failure to prepare is the act of preparing to fail.

Those who are successful at what it is they want to do spend a healthy amount of time planning, thinking, strategizing, and preparing in advance. They don’t wait until the moment has arrived to contemplate how they’ll tackle a situation. Instead, they get as much completed and ready ahead of time so they are more free to embrace the challenges of the moment.

Spend some time each night, and at the end of each week, reflecting on what it is you’ve accomplished already and what it is you want to “get done” next. Make your list, create your plan of action, and then let that ruminate in your subconscious while you sleep. And the next morning, you will be one step ahead.

  1. Successful people do the hard stuff first. Lazy people have a knack for getting done all the things that are not true priorities. But when it comes to the hard stuff, they suddenly find every reason why they could not complete the task.

That’s because hard stuff is, well, “hard.” It is a priority for a reason, and that’s because it is the thing that’s going to move the needle. But often times, what moves the needle lies in the unknown. It requires a risk, or a leap of faith, in some way.

Those who are successful at what they do know this. And instead of shying away from the challenge, they make themselves do these “hard tasks” first–before allowing themselves the luxury of the easy stuff.

  1. Successful people say no. If you want to go your own way, be prepared to piss a lot of people off.

Nobody likes being told no. That’s why so many people say yes to things. They don’t want to make others feel bad, or they don’t want to sever current or potential friendships, or they don’t want to be excluded from future possibilities, or they don’t want to be looked down upon, etc.

But the truth is, if you want to be successful, you’re going to have to say no a lot more than you say yes. Want to go hang out at the bar? Want to post up for the afternoon and watch football? Want to take an extended vacation? None of these things are bad in themselves, but if you still haven’t made your dream come true, then realize that every time you say yes to what someone else wants you to do, you are saying no to whatever it is you truly want to do.

It’s a judgment call, and one a lot (and I mean a lot) of people struggle with. Successful people are very conscious of how they spend their time.

  1. Successful people invest in themselves. Both in terms of time and money, successful people see life through a lens of investment.

The majority of people don’t invest; they spend. They spend the money they earn. They spend their time with people they don’t really like, doing things they don’t really enjoy. They spend and spend and then wake up one morning wondering why their life is the way it is.

Successful people, on the other hand, invest. They are conscious of how they spend their time and invest it toward their goals. They invest their money in creating additional revenue streams, not owning depreciating assets. They invest in themselves, taking courses, exposing themselves to worthwhile attractions, feeding their interests.

Investing over time is what ultimately creates wealth, both financially and in terms of knowledge.

  1. Successful people surround themselves with other successful people. Your network is your net worth. The true value of having a network is not access to “things.” It’s access to habits and thought processes you would otherwise struggle to create on your own.

When you are surrounded by people who embody the same traits you hope to one day have, it speeds up the learning process. You inherently rise to their standard, and push yourself to grow through imitation (which is actually a very good thing). Similarly, if you are surrounded by negative people, lazy people, angry and depressing people, those same traits will rub off on you. Surround yourself with people who, in some way, are who you want to become yourself.

  1. Successful people study their craft. I blame school for this, honestly.

There are a lot of people in the world who believe that life operates the same way as formal education. They go to college, get their diploma, start working at a big company, and then just assume that over time their years spent there will carry them up the ladder to a nice and comfortable position (just as you rise from freshman to senior).

Unfortunately, there are situations that reward the fundamental metric of time, and people can climb the ladder of “success” by simply staying the course. But the truth is, those are not the ones who end up becoming thought leaders, innovators, industry experts, or even accomplished creators. Because to do that, you have to actively be studying your craft in ways that does not happen by simply clocking in at 9 and clocking out at 5.

Successful people don’t separate their job and their “personal life.” Their job is their passion, and their passion is their craft. They study their craft relentlessly because it is part of who they are. It is not dependent upon time. It is merely a reflection of their own curiosity.

  1. Successful people are accountable for their actions. Lazy people point the finger at others and make excuses for why things didn’t happen. Successful people own up to the weight of their actions and take accountability for their own shortcomings.

This is a habit and a mindset, and one that takes years to cultivate properly. To truly be successful, you have to be extremely self-aware and willing to question the reality you are living. If things are amiss or not going the way you want them to, you cannot point at others and blame them for your unhappiness, dissatisfaction, etc. You have to own up and admit that you created your reality and nobody else.

  1. Successful people believe in themselves. Lazy people want others to believe in them before they believe in themselves.

Successful people, on the other hand, believe in themselves against all odds, often times long before anyone else does. To be successful, this is a must. You cannot expect others to support and believe in something that you yourself cannot even tap into. It has to come from you before it can come from anyone else.

To do this, however, you must take considerable time to understand, know, and nurture yourself. It’s tough work, but it’s foundational work, and is often what makes the difference between building something that lasts and instead hoping for short-lasting approval.

Believe in yourself. That’s where it all starts.

11 daily habits of self-made billionaires anyone can adopt

If you want to get rich, start by studying the people who have already done so. “The only person who can teach you how to think like a millionaire is a millionaire,” writes Steve Siebold in his book, “How Rich People Think.” The same could be said about billionaires.

Below, we’ve rounded up 11 habits of self-made billionaires. You may notice that none of them require dramatic life changes — a few tweaks here and there to your daily routine could result in huge gains.

They meditate

Ray Dalio has an estimated net worth of $16 billion. Science says that meditation has a number ofmental and physical health benefits, from improving memory to boosting the immune system.

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, told The Huffington Post, “Meditation, more than anything in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”

Dalio is not alone. Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey say that they practice meditation daily.

They’re charitable

Michael Bloomberg has an estimated net worth of $45 billion. “The world class set their sights on impacting the world with their wealth,” Siebold writes. “Some do it through philanthropy, others through business or various financial vehicles.”

A handful of billionaires have taken to philanthropy, including founder and CEO of Bloomberg Media Michael Bloomberg, who has donated $3 billion over his lifetime.

And then there’s the Giving Pledge, which Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates created in order to invite the world’s wealthiest people to pledge more than half of their wealth to charitable causes either during their lives or in their wills. Some have even pledged to give away more than 99% of their fortunes.

They wake up early

Jack Dorsey has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. There may be some truth behind the age-old adage: The early bird gets the worm. The wealthiest people tend to be early risers. Take Jack Dorsey, who wakes up at 5:00 a.m. to meditate and work out. Or Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, who wakes up at 5:45 a.m. to exercise before starting his workday.

Branson and Dorsey aren’t the onlysuccessful people who wake up before the sun. In his five-year study of rich people, author Thomas C. Corley found that nearly 50% of them woke up at least three hours before their workday actually began.

They stick to routines

John Paul DeJoria has an estimated net worth of $3 billion. A hallmark of highly successful people istheir dedication to ritual. Take John Paul DeJoria, cofounder of Patron tequila and Paul Mitchell hair products, whostarts every day with five minutes of quiet reflection.

“Doesn’t matter where I’m at, which home I’m in, or what hotel room I’m visiting,” he says. “The very second I wake up, I stay in bed for about five minutes and just be.”

They live below their means

Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $78 billion. Just because they have billions in the bank doesn’t mean they have to indulge in overspending — in fact, some of the world’s wealthiest people choose to live frugally.

As Murray Newlands wrote at Entrepreneur, “Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, famously drove around in a 1979 Ford F150 pickup truck … Mark Zuckerberg owns a modest $30,000 Acura TSX entry-level sedan … Bill Gates was known to fly commercial for years.” Then there’s legendary investor Warren Buffett, who is notably down to earth — he still lives in the same $31,500 home, and chooses a flip phone over a smartphone.

They pursue their passion

Steve Jobs had an estimated net worth of $10 billion. “You’ve got to find what you love,” Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said during his 2005 commencement address to the graduates of Stanford University. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Jobs wasn’t the first to emphasize the importance of pursuing your passion. Author Napoleon Hill, who studied over 500 incredibly rich people in the early 20th century, wrote in his bestseller, “Think and Grow Rich“: “No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.”

They read

Warren Buffett has an estimated net worth of $69 billion. Many of the world’s most successful people are avid readers. As Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz wrote: Investing legend Warren Buffett reportedly spends about 80% of his day reading, and continues to include book recommendations in his annual shareholder letters.

In 2015, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every two weeks … Media mogul Oprah Winfrey selects a book every month for readers to discuss online as part of “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0,” and when tech billionaire Elon Musk is asked how he learned to build rockets, he reportedly answers, “I read books.”

They develop multiple streams of income

Richard Branson has an estimated net worth of $5 billion. The richest people focus on earning — so it comes as no surprise that they develop additional streams of income.

Richard Branson, the billionaire chair of the Virgin Group, epitomizes this habit, Corley explains in “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.” Branson has overseen about 500 companies and his brand is on somewhere between 200 and 300 of them.

Branson “puts the rich habit of having multiple streams of income on steroids,” Corley writes. “His desire to expand the Virgin brand is really a desire to expand his streams of income. Branson learned very early on that this rich habit creates the most wealth.” 

They’re self-employed

Mark Zuckerberg has an estimated net worth of $49 billion. Along the same lines, billionaires tend to be their own bosses. They’re typically self-employed and determine the size of their own paycheck. Mark Zuckerberg has been working for himself since age 19, when he first launched Facebook as a Harvard sophomore in 2004. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who is the youngest billionaire in the world, had a similar path — he created the popular photo-sharing app with two of his former Stanford classmates and has been his own boss ever since.

“It’s not that there aren’t world-class performers who punch a time clock for a paycheck, but for most this is the slowest path to prosperity, promoted as the safest,” says self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has also studied over 1,200 wealthy individuals. “The great ones know self-employment is the fastest road to wealth.”

They exercise

Mark Cuban has an estimated net worth of $3 billion. Highly successful people don’t just push themselves in the office — they push themselves physically, outside of the office. Mark Cuban, “Shark Tank” investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, does cardio for at least an hour, six to seven days a week, he told The Dallas Morning News. Branson credits exercise for giving him at least four additional hours of productivity each day. Science concurs: Working out can boost your memory, concentration, and mental sharpness.

They hang out with other successful people

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are longtime friends. The wealthiest people like to stand next to the smartest person in the room, notes author and podcast host James Altucher: “Harold Ramis did it (Bill Murray). Steve Jobs did it (Steve Wozniak). Craig Silverstein did it (Who? Larry Page). Kanye West did it (Jay-Z).”

After all, “In most cases, your net worth mirrors the level of your closest friends,”Siebold explains.

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