The lives of successful people are a direct result of the conscious choices they make and efforts they put into it. Successful people always seem to have their act together but you must know that success is not limited to race, IQ, or the size of your bank account. It is based on your goals and aspirations for your life and the way and manner you intend to achieve it. There are certain habits that average people eschew, but successful people consciously indulge in.


  1. They Wake Up Early


Waking up early isn’t an easy habit to cultivate, but I will suggest you find a “no-mercy alarm clock” with a ring tone that will most surely pop your sleepy eyes wide open. Don’t hit snooze. Hitting the snooze

Button and going back to sleep for 5-10 minutes will make you feel worse. Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, suggests writing your plans for the next day. The first task listed should get you excited enough to part with your comfy bed. The easiest way to wake up early? SLEEP EARLY.


  1. They Excercise



Yes, exercise keeps you fit and it also keeps your brain healthy. It minimizes stress, and improves memory. In fact, using ‘too much work’ as an excuse not to exercise is counterproductive. Studies show that exercise can boost creativity and productivity by as much as two hours. It makes you smarter and your outward look becomes smoking hot.


  1. They Start Their Day With a Plan



Not only do successful people have crystal clear short and long-term goals, they also know exactly what they must accomplish each day to feel fulfilled as well as bring them closer to their goals. They take full advantage of the “ Golden Hour” which is the first hour after you wake up in the morning. What you do mentally, physically, and spiritually during this first hour, sets the tone for the entire day.


  1. They Read A Lot


People used to think book nerds are losers, but now we know they are the ones that actually rule the world. Mark Cuban insists on reading 3 hours a day, while Bill Gates reads for 1 hour as part of his bedtime routine. J.K Rowling, the first ever billionaire author, read ‘absolutely anything’ as a child. President Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, and Albert Einstein are book lovers, too. Reading helps you learn from the mistakes and successes of others. Instead of just diving in; relying on your guts and motivation to lead you, reading gives you a mental map to bypass certain mistakes people make in life.


  1. They Don’t Concern Themselves With How Others Judge Them


Everyone sees through eyes of personal life experience and individual interpretation. As such, successful people understand that when someone makes a judgment about you or your life, it doesn’t make it a reality unless you agree with it.

This knowledge makes Successful people to not base their worth on how others think of them because they have consciously set their own values, goals, and principles without having to depend on anyone’s judgment to validate them. Successful people are dead to the comments of men.


  1. They work even when they don’t feel Like it



What exactly separates professionals from wannabes? Pros work, even when they don’t feel like it.

E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, famously said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” That applies to us all, irrespective of our field.

Next time you don’t feel like working, keep calm and force yourself to work for the subsequent 15 minutes then see what happens. Usually, those 15 minutes will be enough to give you some momentum. If that doesn’t work, try 30 minutes breaking down the task into its basic components, and then do the items one at a time until you finish the whole task.


  1. They Don’t Set Perfection as a Goal


The problem with focusing on perfection is that, you become so consumed in fishing out imperfections that you will have little or nothing to show for at the end of the day except unfinished, imperfect work. You have to understand that it’s not about achieving one perfect goal. It is about the skills you develop along the way and the constant improvements you are making while living a life of accomplishments. So it’s better to go about it in a progressive manner while keeping your eyes on the goal.


  1. They Surround Themselves With Positive Minded People


Successful people surround themselves with other positive and proactive people who inspire them to achieve great things. Human beings release energy and  as such, it’s easy to absorb negative energy when you are around toxic people who are always complaining, procrastinating, making excuses and getting jealous of those making progress in life.


  1. Meditation


Meditation improves your ability to focus instead of getting overwhelmed with everything that’s happening around you. It is being suggested by experts that meditation alleviates anxiety and pain. Sometimes, quieting the mind doesn’t come naturally to many of us. So for beginners, you can create the habit of meditating by concentrating on your breath for 3-5 minutes. It works.


  1. They Don’t Make Excuses


Successful people are proactive – they get things done. When they realize unforeseen forces may want to interrupt their flow, successful people take full responsibility for their attitude in such situations over which they have no control. They look forward to the pleasure and benefits of accomplishing their daily tasks and life goals and they do whatever it takes to avoid giving up success. To successful people, excuses are useless.


  1. They Donate


Successful people allot time to give back to their community by working with charities, volunteering and donating.  Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and others, all donate to different causes. You dont have to be that rich, you can volunteer at your local church, at your community, at the nursing home, or just teach kids to read. In many instances, your time and the pleasure of your company is more than enough.


  1. They Don’t Focus on the Negatives.


Successful people don’t entertain self-defeating negative thoughts. When faced with difficulties, they’re quick to identify the positive side of the experience and remind themselves that they’ve successfully overcome many hurdles before, so they can certainly overcome it again. Successful people accept these bumps as opportunities to learn, grow, and become better for a bigger win ahead! They know that no matter how many times you’re knocked down, as long as you get right back up and use your new found strength and knowledge to improve, you haven’t really failed.


  1. They don’t get jealous over other people’s victories.


The sky is big enough for everyone to fly, successful people believe that there is enough supply of “wins” for everyone. If another person succeeds at something they have not yet been able to achieve, successful people appreciate and congratulate them on their win and see it as another motivation for them to reach that goal too.



Don’t try to apply all these habits at once. Work on your new habits daily and progressively and in two weeks, you’ll have a long chain showing your progress. This will motivate you to keep going on. Pick the easiest habit for you, and then practice it consistently for 3-6 months until it becomes a natural part of your routine. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Use the first easy habit as a stepping-stone to propel you into the next one on the list!


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Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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