We all dream about success but how many of us go on to achieve their life-long aspiration. Very few, right! Did you know why? Because successful people take the leap of faith and go beyond what most people can only sigh at. This brings us to the most important question “What do successful people do that we do not?” In this article, you will learn about seven things that make highly successful people stand out from the crowd.
7 Things Highly Successful People Do
1. They Set Ambitious Goals
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie
One characteristic that sets highly successful people apart from others is that they aim high. They set ambitious goals for themselves. In fact, this is what pushes them to achieve the unthinkable. Unlike all of us, Mark Zuckerberg sets himself an outrageous personal goal every year. His list from previous years includes learning Mandarin and creating a smart home assistant with AI capability for his home that he managed to achieve by the end of the year. This year, he is on a mission to fix his own website, Facebook. He is not the only one; successful entrepreneurs set the bar high for themselves so that they can achieve what others can not. Keep track of your ambitious goals with efficient task management software.
2. They Pursue Their Passion
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”—Oprah Winfrey
How many of us are doing what we are passionate about and love? Very few, right. On the contrary, most successful entrepreneurs not only love what they are doing but they are highly passionate about it too. Entrepreneurship is not a bed of roses and all successful entrepreneurs have toiled hard to reach where they stand today. Their passion drives through tough times and help them overcome any odds to achieving their goal. No matter how grave the circumstances might be, if you are passionate about what you do, no one can stop you from making an impact. Steve Jobs summed it up brilliantly when he said, “People with passion can change the world”
3. They Are Voracious Readers
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”—Joseph Addison
How often do you read a book? Once a week or may be twice a week, right. Successful entrepreneurs dedicate hours from their busy schedule to reading. It is a part of their daily routines. Former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, reads 50 books every year. Warren Buffet dedicates five to six hours to reading every day. Apart from newspapers, he also goes through more than 500 pages of financial documents and asks other investors to do the same. Despite reaching the top of the mountain, successful entrepreneurs always stay in the learning mode.
4. They are Consistent with Anything They Do
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”—Jim Rohn
We all have some brighter moments in our lives that we can be proud of but how often could we repeat the same feat? That is what matters. Most of us are unable to push ourselves consistently enough to get our names commemorated in history books. You cannot become a Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt in a day; it takes years or even decade of hard work to reach that mark. Even if they fail, they go back to the drawing board and come back stronger. Most of us think that successful entrepreneurs are lucky or more talented than us, but the fact is that luck alone has nothing to do with their success. It is persistence and hard work that does. Similarly, if you want to succeed at anything, you should be consistent with it.
5. They Surround Themselves with the Right People
“You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.”—Jim Rohn
Regardless of how good you are at your art, you cannot conquer the world alone. Highly successful people know that very well. This is why they invest every effort to find the right people who they can include in their team and surround themselves with, even when they are not successful.
Where would Steve Jobs be today without Steve Wozniak and others who helped accomplish his dream of making a “dent in the universe?” OK, he might be a genius and he might have accomplished something on his own, but I can safely venture to say that he wouldn’t have been able to achieve what he did, without the support of all these people.
6. They Thrive on Ambiguity
While most of us are always looking for clear direction and the path to move forward in life, successful entrepreneurs love ambiguity because they thrive on it. It allows them to be more creative and offers them an opportunity to make decisions that are more challenging. When there is no defined path, they can create their own and have the liberty to do it in their way. This is what helps them make an enormous impact and reap the rewards for their efforts.
7. They Stay Healthy
We are all humans and thereby prone to fallacies, but have you ever seen any successful entrepreneur with failing health? No, right. They believe in the mantra of “Health is Wealth,” and do everything in their power to stay healthy. They know that if they do not take care of their bodies, they cannot achieve anything. Successful entrepreneurs exercise regularly, meditate and take a balanced and healthy diet to stay fit. In fact, working out is a part of their daily routine and they follow their morning routines religiously, which helps them to start their day with a bang.
Add some of these things to your daily routine and jump on the road that leads you to entrepreneurial success. Which one of these things would you like to add to your routine and why? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.