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10 Habits Of Successful People

by Robbie Dellow
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There are ten habits that most successful people share. Such people come from all works of life and their high achievement can come in many facets of life, such as business, sports, or particular passion or interest :

  1. Set Goals

  2. Take Responsibility

  3. Exercise Self-Discipline

  4.  Perform Continuous Self-Development

  5. Read and Read More

  6. Time Management

  7. Take Calculated Risks

  8. Persistence

  9. Find a Way to Win

  10. Following Ones Passion

For each of these shared habits, let’s delve deeper into why these habits are important to develop and introduce into your daily routine, so you to can increase your chances of success. 

Set Goals

All successful people know what they want out of life. They may not know specifically how they will accomplish their goals but they know what their ultimate goals are. Written goals can tell your subconscious what you want even if you forget on a conscious level. Your goals can influence your decisions to move you closer to what you really want only when you know what you want. Goals are like a map on your journey to get where you want to be. Knowing what you want, and focussing on what you want, greatly increases your odds of success.

Take Responsibility

Successful people take responsibility for their actions, results, and behaviour. They believe they are responsible for their own destiny and are proactive in making things happen. Winners don’t have a victim mentality or a fixed mindset. They don’t believe their destiny is predetermined but instead they determine where they want to go in life and what they want to achieve.

Exercise Self-Discipline

Winners in any area of life possess self-discipline in at least their one area of expertise, but it normally shows up throughout most areas. Self-discipline is the ability to control your own actions through inner willpower regardless of how you feel or how strong other impulses become, overcoming any temptation to violate your inner principles which could lead you off track from any goals. Self-discipline enables you to pursue these goals, follow your own strategy, and become the person you desire to be.

People that become, and stay, successful are guided by self-discipline using their mind and positive desires to make important decisions and are not led astray by their feelings and negative desires. Self-discipline keeps you on the right path to your goals.

Perform Continuous Self-Development

Successful people start self-development at a young age by growing, training, learning, and practicing to become the person they want to be. Self-development is different for everyone but the most important part of the process is getting experience doing the things that lead towards your goals.  A mentor, coach, or trainer can provide the feedback mechanism needed to measure the results and make any necessary adjustments.  Having this can speed up the process dramatically.

Read and Read More

To master something you must first know it well and study it in great detail. Reading is the cheapest, fastest, and easiest path to binge on information that can move you toward your goals.

  • Successful executives read business books.
  • Successful investors read balance sheets.
  • Successful entrepreneurs read stories of inspiration from leading companies . 
  • Successful traders read charts and financial pages.
  • Successful athletes read their playbook.
  • Successful politicians read history books.

All successful people understand the importance of reading good books.

Time Management

Time is your most important asset and successful people spend their time wisely. Successful people put a high value on their time and use it wisely in high value activities to move them toward their goals incrementally. Time is a limited resource and can’t be replaced once wasted. You can buy time by paying others to do activities that you consider low value. How successful you are has a high correlation on what you spend your time on and how well you manage it to optimise results.

Take Calculated RisksAt some point in their journey successful people took risks to get to where they are now. It takes the right psychology to both calculate and take risks to move you toward your goals. Most people hate to take any risks and can’t see what could go right with opportunities but only what could go wrong. Taking smart calculated risks is a skill.


Not quitting is the best strategy for eventually winning. Most people don’t lose they just quit too early. Successful people are the ones that didn’t quit, they kept trying one more time. If you have the right effort and are on the right path then only time separates you from success if you persevere until you win. Even if you are doing the right thing you have to keep doing it until you breakthrough. Your odds of success increase with each good attempt at winning.

Find a Way to Win

Successful people find a way to win their game of choice. Operating a business, playing sports, and having a career are a lot of work on their own. However, successful people do the additional work to learn how to rise above their competitors both internally and externally and win. It takes a lot of research, experience, and understanding to find an edge in life. Winning takes both knowing what to do and then putting in the effort consistently to execute the plan.

Follow Ones Passion

One primary key to success is following your energy and passion and doing what you love. It’s never easy to do a lot of hard work for a very long-time, but if you enjoy what you’re doing the odds are you will keep at it. In studying successful people in every industry the one thing that kept becoming clear is that they all had a passion for their chosen business, sport, or career and worked at it tirelessly like it was their game of choice. For successful people the line between work, hobbies, passion, and life blur together as they love what they do.

Find your true passion for what you love to create, build, and do everyday and you will move closer to finding your own successful journey.

Integrate as many of these ten habits as possible into your own life to increase the odds of your success with whatever you pursue.

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