One of the most common ambitions within the human race is the desire to become successful. How we all envision success differs from person to person, however the desire for success seems to be a common goal driving our daily lives. Most of us have an idea of where we want to go and how we will measure success (that's the easy part); the hard part is knowing how to arrive at success.
Fortunately, successful people have carved out a path before you and by taking some of their advice; it will make it easier for you to become more successful. Whether you are looking to become the next Warren Buffet or simply looking to do a little bit more in your current work; these tips will help you get closer towards your vision of success.
1. Learn how to balance life
'Family, religion, friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business' Mr. Burns
A popular misconception about successful people is encapsulated in the above quote from Mr. Burns (The Simpsons). Many focus on leading a successful life believing the above statement to be true. This often allows work to seep deep into your personal life, a necessary sacrifice in the name of future success. This idea, that a person must focus solely on their work in order to be successful is considered false by many real life successes. Successful people like Phil Knight (CEO of Nike Inc.) believe that in order to become successful, you must learn how to balance work & 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.' Phil Knight
2. Do not be afraid of failure, Enjoy it!
Failure is something detested and feared; and many would argue that is one of the greatest hindrances to success. This desire to avoid failure at all costs can lead to many become afraid of failure; and why shouldn't they? Failure has a bitter sting, and once you've tasted it enough times, you are very motivated to avoid it in the future.
Successful people reject this idea, saying that failure should be seen as an opportunity to try again, secure in the knowledge that the previous way you did something will help you make more intelligent decisions in the future.
'Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.' Henry Ford
3. Be creative! Don't be afraid to introduce new ideas
As we have said, the fear of failure can be a great demotivator for many people. Whilst the desire to succeed (and by proxy desire to avoid failure) drives many; the sickening worry that comes from trying something new ends up impeding success. Previous knock backs & failures of the past can leave you choosing the safer option. Successful people like the late Steve Job understood that success means taking risks and trying something new.
'The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risk failure. And if we want to be great, we've got to risk it too' Steve Jobs
4. Be a man of action, Take on challenge
Challenges can range from annoying to overwhelming; and it is very tempting to avoid challenegesa entirely. How often have you uttered the phrase 'it's not my problem' or 'I hope someone does something'. Most people have said this about challenges at one point or another. This statement is often used to avoid dealing with difficult situations that take you away from your task at hand; however the over use of this 'passing the buck' slowly begins to lessen your impact on the world around you. You quickly become comfortable, and who wants to escape comfort?
Well, successful people sure do! Successful people see challenges as opportunities to advance themselves and conquer new heights. They understand that success rarely comes to people who avoid opportunities to leave their comfort zone and tackle challenges.
'It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.' Leonardo da Vinci
5. Work hard & Commit to lifelong learning
A lifetime of success is often supported by a lifetime of dedication to both hard work & learning. Successful people argue that a commitment to lifelong learning is a key foundation of success. Successful people advocate reading books instead of watching television, but if reading is not your thing; try audio books, informational videos (YouTube is a great place), podcasts & more. As you learn more every day, the immediate benefits may not become apparent to you; but over the long term, you will overtake your competitors and become the best at what you do. The most important thing you can do to become successful is to work hard, stay committed and never stop learning.
'Success is the result of perfection, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence' Colin Powell