Successful people are the envy of us all. It's only human to desire success, and to do anything to get it.
Here are 5 secrets that successful people all live by. Maybe if you know them, you can be successful too!
1. Successful people read....a lot.
If you ask anyone who has had any kind of success, be it Bill Gates, Mark Cuban or even Barack Obama...they'll all say educating yourself is the first step to success.
JK Rowling read "absolutely anything" she could get her hands on, and that made her want to write more. Marc Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team) insists on readin 3 hours per day.
See? You gotta read! You can read articles on Vingle, magazines and books. Just pick something and get it done.
2. They also wake up hella early.
Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin swears by waking up early. That dude is worth Billions. And Ben Franklin...you know, that one guy who created the almanac and invented countless things that we still use today (ehem...bifocal lenses), famously said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
A way to get up earlier, easier is to write down all the tasks you have for the day ahead. There should be something in there that will make you excited to get out of bed and attack your day.
If you need any more tips you can consult this card.
3. Successful people push through no matter what.
There's a great quote by author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web) that puts this concept into perspective: "A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
We don't always have ideal conditions or great ideas...but success comes to those who can push through those times when there's nothing going on. Even if your world doesn't seem right or fair, you have to keep working. The highs won't be as satisfying without the lows right?
4. They don't obsess over social media.
"Batch checking" social media once or twice per day is a better practice than being on your phone or computer constantly. Tim Ferris wrote a book called "The 4 Hour Work Week" where he details lots of things you can do to maximize your time.
Checking things only a few times per day makes a big difference. It makes it seem like your accounts are more active (because notifications pile up) and you won't waste time obsessing over every update or status.
E-mails should be checked frequently though, especially if they're associated with work.
5. Above all else...they track their progress.
Apparently Jerry Seinfeld coined this thing called "the calendar method" where you put a big, red, X on each day that you work on your craft or passion. This will create a big, long chain. When you look down at your calendar you'll be more encouraged to keep up that habit.
It's a small way of seeing your progress in front of you. Tracking my goals and things in a planner has helped me immensely. And I'm sure it'll work for you too. If you need help: this card can guide you.