10 Proofs of The Connection Between Your Level of Success and Personal Development 100

the connection between your level of success and personal development

“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

Your success is the sense of accomplishment you have, the goals you achieve, the small wins in daily life, the positive outcome of each of your actions, and making your vision a reality.

And the level of success is determined by the things you do daily, by your ability to improve yourself, learn new things and exceed in life. In a nutshell, it’s a result of your personal development and spiritual growth.

If you think about it, you already know that. Just look at your past successes in life.

Analyze them and you’ll see that it was during a period in which you were working on yourself. Or had a positive influence, or just had the right mindset and were motivated and consistent in something.

But many people are lost. They truly want to succeed in life, but don’t know where to start. They have barriers – both mental (like negative thoughts and big expectations) and physical (like other people).

So if you’re looking for a way to become more successful, start by improving yourself first.

Work on things like your habits, efficiency, mental health, spiritual life, and relationships. And soon you’ll start seeing changes in every other area of life too.

Personal excellence goes together with working on yourself daily.

But first, you should realize the importance of personal development and how it affects your success in life, or the lack of it.

Here’s the proof of that connection and how to make the most of it:

1. Building Good Habits Leads to Willpower and Discipline.


I write about ingraining new, successful behaviors all the time here on the blog. From waking up early and having a successful morning routine, to meditating and reviewing your goals every evening. All these seemingly unimportant daily actions are what shapes your future and who you become in the long-term.

So start with them. Take control of your behavior by replacing bad habits with good ones one step at a time.

Start small, focus on one change at a time. Give it a month before you move onto the next. That’s how you get used to the new habit and make it a permanent part of your life.

All this makes you more successful and disciplined. You build willpower each time you stick to your habit and don’t let distractions get in the way.

That helps you say no to many other bad influences and stay focused on your self-improvement regardless of the situations you encounter daily.

2. More Confidence Leads to Taking Opportunities.

If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t dream big. But confident people are so sure of their abilities and know they can succeed, that they look out for opportunities and make the most of them.

Confidence is a skill that can be learned. It’s part of your personal growth and takes time. But the results are tremendous.

3. Working Out Results in Having a Higher Opinion of Yourself.

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Shaping your body is just one of the many benefits of working out. The others are related to your personal development goals.

By making it a daily part of your life, you become energetic and lead a healthier lifestyle.

You look and feel better, gain self-esteem, know you’re doing something about yourself and are proud of your efforts.

That helps you in social life, at work and everywhere you go as you feel good about yourself and no one can bring you down.

4. Trying Again after Failing Makes You Stronger and More Experienced.

Failure goes together with success. There’s no shortcut so trying to find it is time-wasting.

Try many things all the time. And be alright with failing in many of them. But once you do, you’ll know what doesn’t work, will be more experienced, and will be able to try again. Eventually, you’ll find what works best and will succeed in every endeavor.

5. Increasing Productivity Means You Get a Lot Done and Work Smarter.

We can all learn the right strategies, make the necessary changes and build the right habits in order to become more productive.

The result? We’ll get all the work done in less time and will save ourselves time and worries in the future.

Successful people are productive before anything else. They know how to work smarter rather than harder.

The first step is to overcome procrastination and develop some productivity habits.

6. Appreciating Yourself Leads to Better Relationships.

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Let’s face it, relationships are hard. It takes a lot of patience, compromises and honest communication in order to have a healthy one.

But I believe we must first fix the relationship we have with ourselves before we move onto forming relationships with other people.

So understand yourself, be compassionate. Accept yourself for who you are before you try to change for the better. Love and be honest to yourself. Then, you’ll know how to do the same with other human beings.

7. Finding Focus Leads to Better Performance.

Today it’s more difficult than ever to stay focused while working on something. Distractions are everywhere. And in the long-term they prevent us from doing our job and achieving our goals.

Focus is a must on the way to achieving personal development. And without it, you can’t really get anything done properly.

So if you want to perform better and see results, learn how to let go of distractions and find focus.

8. Clean Eating Means More Energy and Better Health.

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Your level of success is closely related to the food you eat.

It’s what you put in your body a few times every day, after all. So make sure it’s quality.

Get rid of the junk food, start eating clean and develop good eating habits. That will take time and willpower, of course, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Start today and make small changes.

Soon you’ll be in a better mood and much more energetic. Not to mention that you’ll eliminate any excess fat and will protect yourself from diseases in the future.

9. Having a Morning Routine Means You’ll Kickstart Every Day.

Morning rituals are a habit all successful people share.

It’s not just about getting up early, but about taking control of your mornings and using them to jumpstart your day.

That happens by dedicating the first hour after waking up to positive, productive and creative activities.

These can be meditation, writing, reading, making your to-do list, getting ready to go out, listening to music, drinking your coffee in silence and enjoying the peace, doing chores, making a healthy breakfast, and more.

There are many morning habits you can include, and each can take less than 5 minutes.

10. Developing The Right Mindset Leads to Taking Action on Your Goals.

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Your mindset is your attitude towards life. And like anything else, it can be turned from negative to positive.

You need to imagine yourself successful before you actually are, to learn from the bad things in life and to make the most of the good ones, to find the willpower to try one more time after a defeat.

Your mindset can be developed over time. But it’s what will then help you take action when you’re discouraged or when you feel like giving up.

And the only way to reach your goals and increase the level of success and personal development is to take action daily.

So that’s what the connection between victory and improving yourself looks like.

What do you think? What is your current level of success? What can you do today to improve it?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.