7 Great secrets of highly successful people

How to be successful? What are the secrets to success? Is there a magic formula or is it all just down to the breaks that you get? Success can be measured in many different ways, of course, but here we look at seven of the most common character traits and secrets of highly successful people:

1. They set clear goals

Successful people don’t drift from day to day waiting to see what life will turn up. They set the goals that they wish to achieve and they plan how they are going to achieve them.

2. Successful people aim to win

It’s the winning, not the taking part that counts to a successful person. That doesn’t mean that they have to be mean to win through, they just know what they want and they are out to get it.

3. They judge themselves by results

Setting the goals is just the first part, assessing your results against those goals is the next. Successful people manage their time effectively and set themselves clear tasks for the day and, at the end of that day, they will assess their own performance vigorously.

4. Successful people get the job done and they it get done fast

In whatever field that they are playing, the successful person takes action. They work hard and they work fast to achieve as much as they can towards their goals every single day.

5. They work well with people

You don’t need to be selfish to be successful and even the most successful people in the world need others around them. Retaining a sense of kindness, generosity and compassion, whilst you strive for your goals will encourage others to help and not to hinder. Even the most successful person finds the most happiness in life from relationships with other people.

6. Successful people are (usually) honest 

Despite their determination, the most successful people in the world retain their honesty and their integrity. They may be determined to win, but they want to win cleanly. If they win by cheating, then it’s not a true success. Successful people value their own words, if they promise something, they’ll do it!

7. They are self-disciplined

Most of all, the thing that you will find with successful people is that they are very self-disciplined. We all know how easy it is to get distracted from a task or to just put it to one side for another day. Whatever they do, successful people will see it through to the end and stay focused throughout, keeping the goals and the objectives in mind all the way.

When we think about success, we generally think about money and we think of a successful person being a rich and possibly ruthless person. But this doesn’t need to be the case. A person could be a successful priest, doctor or equally a successful mother. It still takes the same goal setting, determination and hard work to achieve and one is no less successful than the other.

I hope you find these motivational tips useful.

If you know about some other secrets of highly successful people, feel free to share your knowledge in the comment section below.

Stay happy!


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