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–Steve Jobs

Success can be termed as “Achievement” gained from the accomplishment of something that you have been trying to do, backed by desired and appreciable result/effect. Term “Success” may have a different definition for a different person, but the most important step to get success begins with its understanding. Successful people didn’t determine their level of success comparing it with other achievements. They do some serious soul-searching and determine what success means for them personally.

When it comes to living a successful life, everyone wants to be successful by attaining their goal and living their dream, not a single person wants to live a mediocre and lousy life.

However very few live their life the way they want to. So what makes the majority of people living an ordinary life beyond their dream and desire?  What are the habits that successful person adapt to achieve success? This is what we will go through in this chapter. Here are some habits of a highly successful person which everyone should learn, adapt and follow to make life success.

  1. Create a Routine

The best entrepreneurs build daily, weekly and monthly routines grounded in keeping themselves sane, productive and happy. As a part of night routine, they make a list of task that is to be done tomorrow and plan how different meetings, appointments and so on will all be chained together. That it gives you some understanding about tomorrow you didn’t have before and it helps you catch things you may have missed (meetings you forgot about etc.).

  1. Start with the day’s hardest task

Known as “Eating the frog”, this means when you’re freshest early in the day start with your most frustrating, grueling or procrastination inducing task.

This has a range of benefits.

  • It makes every other task seem easier by comparison.
  • It immediately gives you the dopamine rush of accomplishing something worthwhile.
  • It prevents you from procrastinating on important tasks for too long.

I’m happy you’re reading this article, but the second you’ve finished reading go eat the frog. The rest of your day will seem like a breeze by comparison.

–Andrew James Wall, Entrepreneur.

  1. Keep a daily journal, but do it the right way.
    “Most people use their journal to record events or to vent. But there’s so much more you can do with your journal and get immediate results in your life. Use your journal to write what you want your life to be. For years I’ve kept a journal to chronicle my life, plan for my dreams and strategize my goals. It is one of the important success habits that I do daily. Journaling empowers me to take my ideas and turn them into reality. What’s written is real. Once the words and images hit the paper, you have now crystallized a thought or idea. You can use the power of pen and paper to strategize and create anything you want. Journaling is one of the best methods of self-care therapy. When you’re journaling consistently, you tend to ask questions about life, your direction, and your business.”

–Dr. Stacia Pierce, author, life coach and founder of

  1. Work out for a strong body, which holds up a strong mind.
    “Successful entrepreneurship requires more than just mental fitness; it requires physical fitness as well. I have a daily workout regime that started in 2013 and has grown and evolved in step with our business. It started with Cross Fit (high-intensity interval type training) and has expanded from there. Clearing your mind and challenging yourself physically with a tough workout every day prepares you for the daily challenges of business. A strong body holds up a strong mind.”

–James Parrelly, managing partner of Paw Pods, eco-friendly pet caskets, and urns, made from 100 percent biodegradable materials

  1. Never give up.
    “My daughter would say my favorite saying is ‘Never give up!’ It sounds trivial, but there are so many times those if I accepted ‘No,’ I would not have moved along the pendulum. It’s a delicate dance of fortitude, polite aggression and compartmentalized fear. Sometimes you just have to hit at it from a different angle. I often conceptualize chipping away at the wall. Different angles, different tools, and a little muscle. Rarely you get the answer you want out of the gate and often times through the process you find you need to adjust your approach, but the end goal always the same.”

-Jodi Scott, co-founder of Green Goo, formulas created using homeopathic herbal wisdom with natural ingredients to produce food for skin

  1. Surround yourself with positive people.
    “Social media has become a cesspool for the haters and trolls. Don’t let negative people hold you back. Understand that negativity generally comes from unhappy people and those who envy you. Happy successful people don’t tear others down. Surround yourself with ambitious, positive people. It’s too easy to focus on the negative and there’s just no upside to that.”

                                                          –Lisa Steele, author of Gardening with Chickens and Let’s Hatch Chicks; and founder of the website Fresh Eggs Daily

  1. Pay attention to details.
    “Refuse to cut any corners when it comes to ingredients or any aspect of the manufacturing process. While many have told me that my attention to detail is counterproductive, I feel that it has been very helpful with growing sales and ultimately earning customer confidence. Basically, I have depended upon my inner voice regardless of trends and well-intentioned advice that did not feel right to me. Go with your gut and don’t deviate from your brand’s mission.”

 –Caralyn Vessal, president of Sufficient C LLC, an immune and digestive supportive drink mix

  1. Pick three things to do each day.
    “Running a business can be quite overwhelming, with the work truly never-ending. When you have a lot to do, my philosophy is to just pick 3 things to do each day. Do those three things first in the morning, and then wherever the rest of your day takes you, you know at least you’re progressing and have accomplished what you needed to.”

–Irene Patsalides, founder and CEO of Mirenesse Cosmetics Australia, maker of a 24-hour supreme mascara which sells one unit every three minutes globally

  1. Accept that one amazing thing will happen every day.
    “When I wake up in the morning, I remind myself that no matter how impossible things seem, there’s going to be at least one really awesome and unexpected thing that’s going to happen that day. This really helps me get going, and 99 percent of the time, it turns out to be true.”

–Ilya Rosenberg, co-founder, and CEO of Sensel, next-generation touch technology allowing limitless open-source creative expression for makers and creators

  1. Start your day with meditation.
    “I’ve been meditating for a few years now, first thing after waking up each morning. It’s made a huge difference to me and to the people around me. Focusing on your breathing, just for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning gets you into a mindset where you’re better able to step back from the thoughts and emotions that might cloud your thinking. Through mindfulness, you are able to approach situations with much more clarity to better focus on what’s really important and prioritize your time accordingly, both professionally and personally.”

–Johannes Quodt, co-founder and co-CEO of Koio, a luxury leather shoe brand


  1. Give yourself time to relax.
    “Take an hour at the end of every day to decompress and unwind. Not only will you get to relieve the day’s stress, but you’ll give yourself the chance to really absorb everything you learned during the day and evaluate your next steps. Entrepreneurs – myself included – tend to be workaholics, but it’s important to take a break from the grind and let yourself breathe. Your business can only be in good shape if you are, too.

 –Mark Johnson, CEO of Descartes Labs, a data refinery company that processes complex data to help us better understand our world


  1. Think like a customer.
    “I try to approach our daily brainstorming sessions from the perspectives of our customers. I encourage my team to join me in coming to these meetings with a list of recent customer reviews and feedback to help us keep our customers top of mind as we develop new collections and work to constantly improve the shopping experience. This helps our entire team stay laser-focused and removes our egos from the mix.”

–Julia Olson, co-founder, and CEO of Treehut, a customizable wooden watch brand

It’s important to understand that these habits take time for acquisition. Being successful in any aspect of life takes continuous dedication and eagle eye focus.

Defining what success means to you is the best part to start with. Once you’ve found your own definition of success, you can start working on habits that most of the successful person possesses. Though it’s not an easy process, the reward, in the end, will be great, both professionally and personally.

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