In this post, we will share 11 things successful people do. We know these things are not anything new or revolutionary, but they may be things you’ve been neglecting in your own life… things that truly make an impact on your success.
1. Successful people do things that don’t scale
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury
Successful people know that things done once or things done to a small extent are things they can replicate over and over again… things done to the point of automation (and eventual free-time) are things that scale.
2. Successful people know where they’re going
“You can do anything, but you cannot do everything.” – David Allen
Do not be a jack of all trades and master of none. When it comes to the things you want to achieve in life, focus on what matters most and block out things that distract you.
3. Successful people avoid things they can’t do or things they don’t like to do
“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
Successful people know how to say no and learn to let things go… things they don’t like, things that are not their cup of tea, things that do not align with their values, things they’re bad at… things they’ll never be good at. Learn to say no and learn to let things that you don’t like or can’t do go.
4. Successful people reject the status quo
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. TIs the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine
“Don’t accept average.” – Ray Kroc
The things other people do are things that cannot be replicated. If you truly want to achieve things that scale, things that last a lifetime, things that become part of your identity and shape your legacy, then reject the status quo.
5. Successful people know where their time is going
“There is no royal road to anything.” – Henry Drummond
Successful people know how to manage their time and learn things that can change them for the better.
6. Successful people surround themselves with things and people they like
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
If you don’t like things about yourself, you only have yourself to blame. If you’re around things you don’t like, things that are not your cup of tea, things that will never be good for you in any way… change them!
7. Successful people avoid things they regret
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Your past is something you cannot change, your future is something you’re in charge of. Be mindful of things that may hold you back from achieving things that truly matter to you. Think things through and avoid things that may cause you regret.
8. Successful people dream big
“What’s in your hand? To crush a man with a gun, you have to close your hand around the gun. And what are you gonna do with your life if you don’t get things done? Crush things?” – Chuck Palahniuk
If you really want things in life, dream big. If you truly want to achieve things that scale, things that last a lifetime, things that become part of your identity and shape your legacy… you must dream big.
9. Successful people start things that are easy to do, things that are easy to finish
“The best things in life happen when you don’t watch your back.” – Frank Sinatra
Don’t let things overwhelm you. Start things that are easy to do, things that are easy to finish. If things have become overwhelming, then you’re doing too many things at the same time. Learn to say no and learn things that can be automated so things scale.
10. Successful people think things through
“A goal not written down is only a wish.”
If you truly want things in life, things that are important to you… write things down. Don’t let things slip your mind. If things are not written down, they do not exist.
Your future is in your hands, so think things through and write things down. As it’s said: The things we want the most we often wait to do the least (and when we’re finally ready for them, they’re no longer there).
11. Successful people say yes to things that inspire them
“I’m inspired when I see things that are well crafted, things where there’s beauty in the design. I feel like things that are simple and elegant – even things like an Apple product – inspire me. It really pushes you to do better.” – Daniel Burka
Things will always be difficult if you don’t do things that inspire you. If things become overwhelming, remember things that can be automated. Don’t do things that are not important to you. If things are not important then they’re probably things that inspire you the least.
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde