1. Organization
  • One of the most frequently mentioned habits of those who are successful in life is organization. Such organization includes planning as well as setting priorities and goals.
  • Joel Brown, the founder of Addicted2Success.com, calls for a prioritized “To-Do List” every evening before going to bed to prepare for the next day.
  • According to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey , Sunday is an important day for organization “getting ready for the rest of the week.”
  • Find what works for you to organize your planning, priorities and goals.

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2. Relaxation
  • Relaxing – by meditating or simply avoiding distractions – is another of the most-often mentioned habits of successful people.
  • Relaxation comes more easily to those who are organized.
  • In fact, one of the first steps toward achieving a meditative or relaxed state is to concentrate on your own breathing for three to five minutes.

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3. Taking Action
  • Third on the list of habits of successful people is the inevitable “action” habit.
  • It is important to organize, to plan, and to set priorities, but without action, a plan is nothing more than potential.
  • Successful people ACT – quickly and often.
  • In addition, although it may sound counterintuitive, according to James Clear, they act (start, anyway) before they feel ready.
  • While others come up with reasons not to act, successful people take that all-important first step – even if it seems outlandish.

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4. Personal Care
  • Personal care with regard to diet, exercise, and hygiene comes next on the list of habits of those who are successful.
  • For some, personal care involves a complex regimen and a highly disciplined lifestyle. For others, not so much.
  • Elon Musk , the CEO of Tesla Motors, put it succinctly when asked what daily habit has had the largest positive impact on his life. Musk said simply, “Showering.”
  • Again, find what works for your own personal / self-care. Take care of yourself first.

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5. Positive Attitude
  • According to many successful people, having a positive attitude is not just a result of being successful – it’s one of the root causes of success.
  • Joel Brown refers to gratitude and positive self-talk as priorities in the lives of the ultra-successful.
  • Moreover, Brown says, it’s not enough to express gratitude and a positive attitude. You must also remind yourself why you are grateful in order to achieve a deeper effect.

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6. Networking
  • Successful people know the value of exchanging ideas with others through networking.
  • They also know the value of collaboration and teamwork – all of which are likely when you network.
  • Successful people know the importance of surrounding themselves with other successful people, according to author Thomas Corley.
  • Corley says 79% of wealthy people spend at least five hours a month networking.
  • Win-Win when networking.

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7. Frugality
  • Frugality is a habit of being thrifty, with money and resources.
  • It is also a habit of being economical. Learning to be economical comes through avoiding waste, which automatically results in efficiency.
  • This is where the habit of organization and being a minimalist will be effective for being frugal / economical
  • Akin to building conscious money habits & knowing where and why the money was spent).

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8. Rising Early
  • Successful people are accustomed to rising early, and that habit appears repeatedly among those who do well in life.
  • The “Early Riser’s Club” has a huge membership among successful people - a few notable members include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Disney CEO Robert Iger and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.

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9. Sharing / Giving
  • Whether through donating to charity or the sharing of ideas, successful people have a habit of giving.
  • They know the value of sharing and most believe their success should result in something more than the accumulation of wealth for themselves.
  • Some of the most well-known successful philanthropists include Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Lack of wealth does not need to be a factor when it comes to sharing.
  • Volunteering in your community or at a local school does not cost anything but could provide help where it is needed most.

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10. Reading
  • It's important to note that successful people read.
  • While they also read for pleasure, most use their reading habit as a means to gain knowledge or insight.
  • For anyone who needs inspiration about the value and importance of reading, look no further than the example of billionaire author, J.K. Rowling, who says she read “anything” as a child.

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J. K. Rowling

“Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”

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Summary - Develop Success Driven Habits
  • Most people have habits – some are positive, some are not.
  • Successful people tend to have more of the kinds of habits that contribute to their success.
  • The good news, for those who wish to be successful, is that cultivating positive habits takes no more effort than developing bad ones.
  • Some of the best habits of successful people involve only conscious effort, like getting up early every day.
  • Develop habits that get you closer to your goals / success.

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