Habits Of Highly Successful People

We all want to become the next Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet or Bill Gates…right? Success is the ultimate achievement, the end-goal and pretty much the point of life. Success doesn’t just happen in a day, It takes time, commitment and to be honest, really hard work. What are the things we need to do and how can we work towards making our goals achievable and our lives a success? Here are seven things we can learn from highly successful people.

  1. Passion

For many great people, success has been connected with passion. Be ready to take action. Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen to you, be ready to take action! Colin Powell once said: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Be a master of your life and don’t be afraid of challenges, they only prepare you for what you want to become. Invest your energy on your goals. Work hard and be smart to step into new territories of unearthing opportunities when they come your way. Successful people are competitive and highly ambitious by nature. Huge success is usually born out of what you didn’t let go.


  1. The Time Factor

How do we make use of our time? Most highly successful people make it a point to achieve one thing each day by knowing what to do and when to do it. They lay out an everyday task of what must be done before going to bed at the end of the day. Think of the task that lies ahead of you. Use your time judiciously and know what you need to accomplish at the end of each day. What can you do if you want to become a great writer and maybe publish your first piece by the end of the year. There are 24hrs in a day. You can set a target for writing 2000-5000 words, 30 minutes a day. By the time, time rolls by, you must have hit your target even with 60, 000 words or more for the average novel. We must learn to prioritize by making good use of our time.

Habits of highly Successful People-time factor

  1. Wake up Early

I know I know, waking up early SUCKS…it has truly worked for highly successful people. Wake up early and work harder! it is very important in maintaining good body and mind balance which helps in great productivity.

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  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes.

Do you know it took Thomas Edison ten thousand tries to find the right materials for the incandescent light bulb? He never gave up despite his mistakes, neither did he consider them as failures. Many great people did not become successful without trials. Mistakes are human, and let them be the challenges you will overcome in achieving your purpose.

  1. Stay Positive.

This isn’t a cliché, it works. You need to make positivity a part of your everyday life. Don’t allow space for negative thoughts in mind and in your life. It is obvious that you will face challenges but don’t let these things break you. A positive mind is what we all need because it generates positive energy that can be used to face these challenges and move forward. Adopt a positive attitude and always smile even when you need not be. It helps relieve stress. Encourage yourself at all times and be your own best friend. This will help you at different levels in your life.

  1. Exercise Regularly

Exercising is a top most priority for highly successful people. It keeps you active and helps you handle stress. It awakens your spirit to make better decisions. It also keeps up the momentum and motivates you.


  1. Catch Fun

Highly successful people also find time for leisure! It lightens you up to prepare for the next task ahead of you. Relax and mingle with friends and new acquaintances. It is also very important to know your inner circle- those you hang out with and what you do with them. Are they destroyers or builders? Everybody has a role to play in your life which may either be positive or negative. Let your clique be like-minded individuals with a driving force.


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Estella Achinko

Estella is a Cameroonian and currently an MA student at the DePaul University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are; Women and Gender studies, Digital media and Communications. She also hold a master's degree in Feminist African Literature and a BA in English from the University of Yaounde I-Cameroon. She is a Fulbright recipient and a recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International-World Fellowship Award. She is a Social activist working to advance the status of disadvantaged women and young girls, and currently Co-Founder and Secretary General of the Women's Welfare Foundation (WoWF)-Cameroon.She is equally Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society working to improve the lives and wellbeing of Commonwealth citizens. She has participated in trainings with International institutions in Britain and organizations in Greece and the United States. She is a member of local and International networks where she has acquired leadership, reporting and communication skills.She is also a developing and passionate writer of fiction, non-fiction and Poetry; She has performed her poems in the Eugene-Oregon Public Theater.

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