Your Way to Success Begins with You. Here’s What You Need to Get There. 95

Your Way to Success Begins with You. Here's What You Need to Get There.

This is a guest post by Amy Wilson, a college student and a freelance writer.

The road to success is a difficult one to take. It takes a lot of effort in order to get there.

On this way, you need to face many obstacles, but some are harder to avoid than the others.

On our road to a successful professional life, we can deal with lack of motivation, self-confidence, finance problems, poor timings and a number of other reasons. And all of them are grounded on the same basis – you and your desire to get what you want.

One can argue that the root of all these obstacles lies in one single reason, the most important one.

We have but one single blockade that keeps us away from success, and it’s ourselves.

We are the only thing that’s stopping us from reaching the highest heights. And in order to defeat ourselves, we need to improve our life a lot. No more would you have problems with your deadlines or goals, you will own your life.

So what are the steps we need to take and how do we go about each step?

Here are some elements of the success and balance we’re all trying to reach:

The Important of Our Daily Habits

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If you make each day successful, and you manage to keep it that way, then your life is going to be successful.

Our daily habits can improve our life.

A more practical approach will help you to implement them permanently:

  • An optimal daily schedule can help you have complete control over your time.

Each action you take already has a fixed period of time. So you know every move of yours, at any moment of the day.

This, as a result, gives you better control of your money, you’re less likely to fall into depression and the quality of your tasks will improve.

  • Exercise your body regularly.

This can help you get rid of the extra stress and also improve your health.

Healthy people are more productive and thus their lifestyle is better and their chance of success is maximized.

  • Rest as much as you need.

Your body gets tired and can’t follow your mind. This often leads to bad thoughts and loss of confidence.

Imagine if you were writing a paper for school under such conditions, it would lead nowhere. Always have a good night sleep so that your body could regenerate.

  • Be active during the day.

Take a long walk or go swimming from time to time. Try walking to places instead of driving short distances. This will help you stay concentrated on the important things.

  • Choose carefully your source of information.

People that take all the information from TV just take whatever they get, with no tool to verify that information.

The Internet users, on the other hand, have more sources of info, and they choose which ones to listen to.

Also, books are a great source of knowledge. So are magazines, comics, interviews, and more.

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  • Think what your goal is and write it down.

Paper writing will help you get back on track when you’re led astray.

Your goal determines your next steps so, it’s always good to know them in advance. This will give you full control of every segment of your life. When you know you have all the control, your self-respect and self-confidence rise.

  • Don’t just chase results, try and learn as much as you can in the process.

Sometimes, in order to succeed, we need to learn some important lessons in order to pass. So take your time and pick up as much experience along the way.

  • Don’t think short of your reach.

If you think of an outcome before the beginning of some task, you will only limit yourself.

Start a test and see how far you can go with it. Sometimes, we set our bar too low and that prevents us from reaching higher in life.

3 Techniques You Can Try Today

  1. Instead of trying to diminish something that’s not pleasant to you, overcome it.

Think of it not as something bad, but find what good can come out of it.

This is a good way to overcome every situation that troubles you. Also, you could remake that situation in your head in order to deal with it.

2. Thank your mind.

This means thanking our mind for anything unpleasant, although aware that it just doesn’t make any sense. This way you will be aware of everything, but it will not be such a burden.

3. Write down your bad thoughts.

Then read them as if they are a letter that someone has sent you. Writing down your thoughts can give you a chance to better understand your problems.

The road to success is your own, and no one else can influence it unless you allow them.

Take control of your mind, body, and actions and you will have control of your life. This will help you become more efficient, productive and  creative.

If you don’t take action and help yourself, no one else will. It’s never too late to start, no matter how bad you may think it is.

You can do it!

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

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.