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How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips


1.Think big
I dare you to think bigger, to act bigger, and I promise you a richer and more exciting life if you do.
Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more realistic. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
Instead be ambitious.
2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It
This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work. Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time. If its a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. Whats the sense in this? Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams. Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first. Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.
3. Learn How to Balance Life
There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.
All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life. If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard. However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway. If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends. In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play. To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work and Life can help you.
4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure
There is a story, its unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:
Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked How do you feel after all of your failed attempts? His response was great, I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb He saw each failure as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what wont work, and also might work instead.
Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson. Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.
5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed
This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures. Its the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals. If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down. Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.
6. Be a Person of Action
Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person. Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare: When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did. You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.
All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.
Applying this to you?
Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.
7. Cultivate Positive Relationships
The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them. People liked them. They wanted them to do well. This is key to good leadership. Its logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it. But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way. Whats more, its always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend. As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they might be good to you.
8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded. Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently. If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because its new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.
9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed
Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.
It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.
Keep dreaming!
10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset. Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going. If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks wont affect you so much, peoples doubts wont impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems. However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.
11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On
 It is an unfortunate fact of human nature all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too. When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.
Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.
If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too. This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It
12. Be Willing to Work Hard
From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:
Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top. You might have heard the quote that success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.
Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:
True success comes from work. You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it. Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.
13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition
In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words know thyself. If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down. Its like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.
Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.
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