Habits of highly successful people

Category : Health | Written by : Iris Pohl

What makes someone successful? A higher IQ, better education or more influential parents? None of them. Success is not dependent on education level, luck or your bank account, it’s dependent on effort! Here are the habits of highly successful people and how you can use them as well…


#1 They don’t do it for the money

Leaders understand that people who are successful on a financial level only, are not successful at all. Money doesn’t equal success. It’s certainly not a bad thing but ultimately, it’s just another tool to get what you want.

#2 They rarely complain

All complaining is just a waste of time and puts the complainer in a negative and unproductive state. Leaders avoid complaining and don´t blame others for their failure, they take complete responsibility for their actions and outcomes.


#3 They are patient and fall in love with the process 

The happiest people are those who work hard for their goals, experience the ups and downs that made them  the survivors they are. Success doesn’t happen over night. Be patient. Ever wondered why most rich kids and lotto winners end up depressed, in debt and addicted to drugs? They know they didn’t put in the time and effort to deserve the money.


#4 More doing, less talking 

While most people are laying on the couch, chatting, and over-thinking, successful people are out there getting the job done.


#5 They surround themselves with like-minded people

Leaders are constantly networking and create win-win relationships. They understand the importance of being part of a team and cultivate contacts.


#6 They spend their time wisely

Leaders avoid time-wasters. Don’t spend your whole life on watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. Money isn’t the only important resource for successful people. Time is crucial too.


#7 They love learning 

Successful people are life-long learners. They constantly work on educating themselves. They read books, learn new languages, try new activities and love to learn from others.


#8 They are solution-oriented 

They deal with problems and challenges quickly and effectively.. They face their challenges and use it to improve themselves.


#9 They create their own reality 

Leaders don’t wait for fate, destiny, chance or luck to determine or shape their future. They believe in, and are committed to actively and consciously creating their own best life.


#10 They make their health a priority

How you live, what you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life, your overall health, mood, power, hormones and working performance. Successful people eat healthy foods, that will give them the energy they need to accomplish their goals. They sleep well and try to workout regularly.


#11 They have a positive attitude

Leaders are glass half full people – while still being practical and down-to-earth. They have an ability to find the good in anything. There will be problems, difficulties, setbacks, and moments where you question your whole life. These will occur whether you’re on the right or the wrong path. What matters is, how you deal with it.


#12 Don’t define yourself by others’ success

Leaders don’t compare themselves with other people. They are not limited by what others tell them is possible. You’ll lose sight of your own goals and merits, and it can promote feelings of bitterness, jealousy, and inferiority. Competition is good sometimes, but focusing too much on others can lead you to neglect your own goals.


#13 Don’t be afraid of failure

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.


#14 They define their goals 

They have clarity and certainty about what they want and don’t want for their life. They actually visualize and plan their best reality while others are merely spectators of life. They consciously choose to live their best life rather than spending it on auto-pilot.


#15 Hard Work

A true test of character is not just how well you perform in front of a crowd, but how hard you work when no one is watching. Calvin Coolidge said: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, genius will not, education will not. Persistence, determination, and hard work make the difference.” And he was definitely right.


#16 They take risks

Success ALWAYS involves risks. In order to win, you have to risk losing. Ask yourself, what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Are you willing to risk a few possible failures in order to achieve that goal? Then go for it!

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Iris Pohl

Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Licensed Sports Nutritionist | Certified Sports Journalist | TV Presenter

Iris loves encouraging others reaching their fitness goals and starting an active, healthy lifestyle. Her mission is to help women of all ages create a healthier, sexier, stronger, body and mind.

“Start. And keep going."