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5 Effective Habits of Highly Successful People That You Should Practice

Every now and then we hear, see and read about great success stories – most of which inspires and motivates us to want more from our lives. But the problem most times is that we fail to find out and do what they did to get ahead in life.

“95% of everything you do is the result of habit.” Aristotle

In his book, Million Dollar Habit.” Brian Tracy said, “form good habits and make them your masters for living rather than allow bad habits to form.” why because good habits are hard to form but easy to live with and bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Think about that!

According to psychological discoveries, all habits can be learned and unlearned. Either good or bad, we can form a new habit or ignore old ones. How that is done is by simply replacing a bad habit by a good one with more impact through the process of – repetition. In his book, you will learn how habits are formed and how they can be replaced.

Have you ever asked yourself what is it that successful people do habitually every single day that makes them highly successful?

In what way are they different from us? Do they have some sort of superpowers or nine lives? And what then can we do to join the train?

Obviously, there must be some lifestyle rules that the majority of them live by or some sort of code. Am certain there is no fixed way to succeed but having the right mindset and following certain habits can give you a head-on.

1. Set goal for yourself

You need to set goals for yourself daily and one that you can achieve and form those habits towards achieving that goal daily. I believe you know what you want to achieve. Constantly work towards achieving that goal that you have set for yourself by taking actionable steps in that direction and don’t just sit and wish for things to fall in place. Goals are meant to be achieved – look for ways to do so. You don’t wish for a goal to just happen, you think of ways to make it happen.

I advise you to try the 80 20 rules on how to achieve your desired results suggested by Brian Tracy also known as the Pareto Principle, named after the founder, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, back in 1895. this rule suggests that 20 per cent of your activities will account for 80 per cent of your results.


2. Master your craft; Practice! Practice! Practice!

Practice is key! Even successful people still practice to get even better and to stay relevant. Practice makes you improve and get better each time you do. Successful people are not perfect people – they only practice to become better. In the words of Les Brown, “Practice does not make perfect as it is popularly said because there is no such thing as perfectionism, it doesn’t exist but practice does make an improvement. You can only better your best. Hence, practice getting better.

Be hungry for want you want. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, and have an opportunity and not be prepared.” Start working on your skills, whatever it is you want to achieve now is the best time, visualize yourself doing it and successful at it and form a habit that will take you there. Success does not just jump on anyone – else everyone would be successful by now.


3. Quitting is not an Option

In your journey to succeed, tell yourself that quitting is not an option. If you ever wanted to quit or give up, think about Thomas Edison, he failed 10,000 times to invent the commercially electric bulb but never gave up until he got it right. When asked if he felt like a failure, listen to his response, “Why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitely over 9,000 ways an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.”

Success indeed was at his grasp because he believed in himself and decided never to give up. Another great example to learn never to quit is the great German-born famous physicist Albert Einstein. If asked to name a genius, most people would come up with the name Albert Einstein. Yet even for Einstein genius did not come easy. One of his popular quotes “is not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problem longer. How long do you stay with those challenges before you decide to give up? Are you the type that just pushes things aside whenever you’re confronted with a little problem or do you find ways to solve them?


 4Failure is just another opportunity to grow

Bill Gate said something, “ it’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Failure is not as important as the lesson you learn from it – there are always lessons to learn from failures always watch out for it. Failure is a stepping stone to success and a necessary one at that but only if you persist. Michael Jordan one of the greatest basketball players in history says, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life – that is why I succeed.”

Each time you fail on an attempt gives you an opportunity to improve and learn something new. There is always something to learn from every failure– instead of feeling frustrated, look for ways to improve on whatever it is. See things from other perspectives and not just focus on one direction of how things should work. If you make use of a particular approach and failed, what happens to try again and again and again other methods until you get your desired result?


5. Make Reading a lifestyle

Successful people believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge. They make reading a major part of their lives. Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day. Bill Gates read 50 books per year, which breaks down to 1 per year.

When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 1,000 pages a day. Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.

Mark Zuckerberg In 2015 resolved to read a book every two weeks, and even started a book club called “A Year of Books” so that he could discuss those books with the Facebook community.

Oprah Winfrey every month selects one of her favourite books for her Book Club members to read and discuss

Successful people are selective with what they read; they read autobiographies and biographies of other successful people for insight and more inspiration, they prefer educational books over novels and magazine.

There were many examples of successful people who dropped out of school or formal education, but it is certain that they never stop learning. And reading is a key part of their success. Whether reading is already a way of life for you, or you’re just getting started, you are certainly heading in the right direction. Get as much information you need, filter them and choose the best of the best and the sky will only be your starting point. Cheers!


Here are some book lists to consider:


My name is Juliet. I am a learner and I love to learn Just anything at that lol!


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