17 Ways Successful People Approach Life (SlideShare)

Do you want to know what makes successful people they way they are? Want to know what their secret is?

You can find success in many things; business, sports, marriage, etc. But no matter what it is, there are common traits and habits of people who have the ability to continuously succeed.

Why Studying Success Is Important

If you want any real chance to excel at something(s) in life, it’s important to know and understand the traits and habits of other successful people.

While success means something different to everyone, there are a few common things you can learn from other successful people that apply to anything you want to do in life. Below are the 17 ways exceptionally successful people approach their lives. 

1) Self-Control

The ability to control and manage your own mind, body and emotions, and interactions with people is crucial. People with a high degree of self-control know what they’re feeling, what their emotions mean, and how these emotions can affect other people.

2) Optimism and Positivity

Successful people do not get discouraged easily, they let their optimism drive them forward. Where others might think something is too difficult, successful people face those challenges with energy and positivity.

3) Open-Minded

The only thing constant is change and as the years pass the people who refuse to learn, adapt and grow will be left behind. In order to be successful you need to be open to learning about new things and exploring new experiences.

4) Think Long-Term

If you want to be successful, you can’t leave that to chance. Successful people spend time planning for their future professionally, personally and financially. They think carefully before making decisions and they understand how each of those decisions impacts long-term goals.

5) Take Risks

Failure often provides us with some of life’s biggest learning opportunities. That is why successful people embrace this as well as the uncertainty and risk that are inherent parts of becoming successful in your field.

6) Keep Things Simple

Anyone can make something complicated. Successful people know how to keep things simple for themselves and others. This helps them manage everything easier as well as successfully delegate more to other people.

7) Embrace Discomfort

Sometimes in life and business it can seem like things just won’t go right, then in some cases they go horribly wrong. Successful people embrace this and learn to roll with the punches by understanding there are somethings in life they can’t control.

8) Never Gives Up

Every overnight success you’ve heard about likely has another side to the story, like the burning desire of the founders to succeed and countless days/nights spent working. Successful people learn to love the process as much as the outcome and stay committed to their vision through thick and thin.

9) Spend Time With The Right People

You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Don’t be afraid to step outside your circle to ask for help from people who have been where you are. You’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help and offer advice and which ones might turn into valuable relationships.

10) Show Gratitude

It’s important to show gratitude towards others as well as your self. Many times, people focus on what they don’t have, instead focus on what you do have and you’ll be surprised how quickly your perspective on success and life can change.

11) Embrace Change

Successful people know that the world is and will always continue to change. In some cases they even find ways to benefit from those changes in the world. If you want to be successful, learn how to stay ahead of the curve by studying and embracing change.

12) Life/Work Balance

While it does take sacrifices to be successful, it’s important to have balance in your life. Spend time doing things you enjoy and let your self relax, it can be difficult for those of us who like to work tirelessly, but it’s important to slow down and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

13) Want Others To Succeed

Successful people want to share their success with the people they care about. Business partners and customers, family and friends, employees and their families, etc. Successful act with generosity and gratitude by effecting positive change in the lives of the people around them.

14) Have A Purpose

Many successful people are fueled by an inner drive that gives them a sense of higher purpose in life as well as the desire to build something that will not only outlive them but positively effect change the world. 

15) Share Graciously

They say the more you share, the more you get back in return (and not just in terms of money). Successful people know that it’s important that they share their knowledge, resources, time and in some cases money, with the people who would benefit from it most.

16) Accept Responsibility

You’ll never hear a successful person blame someone else and in many cases, will take the blame all together for their team/organization/etc. Successful people own their failures and make a point to learn and grow from those experiences.

17) Never Make Excuses

The one thing successful people never do is make excuses. They know how to create their own success and luck. Don’t blame the government, the economy, lack of time, lack of money or anything else. If you want to be successful, stop making excusing and earn it.

Final Thoughts

Take a look in the mirror and be honest with your self. Do you possess these traits and habits? If not, what are you going do to make sure you learn them?

Remember, life is what you make it, so make use these ideas, take advantage of the opportunities you have in your life and stay committed to your vision. You might be surprise how much you can actually accomplish.

Now it’s your turn, what do you think? Which of the 17 items resonates with you? Do have any other ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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