10 Things Successful People Do

10 Things Successful People Do

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10 Things Successful People Do

1. They get up early in the morning. Not everyone is a morning person by nature, but you can teach yourself to be and find the extra time in the morning is very beneficial.

2. They prioritize. Know what needs to be done. Make a strategic plan to get things done one job at a time.

3. They have a great team surrounding them. Successful people don’t live on an island by themselves. Find people who you can work well with and work together you can delegate to.

4. They seek out friends that inspire them. Find friends that are doing things that you admire or aspire to do yourself. They will motivate you to push forward.

5. Take care of their bodies. You can get a lot more done when your body feels good. Eat healthy. Exercise. Get good sleep.

6. Communicate well. Master communication and you will go places and get things done.

7. Embrace failure. Not everything you attempt will be an immediate success. Find lessons to learn in success and failure.

8. Don’t wait to act. Waiting for all the information and facts may cause you to miss opportunities. Step out and act and learn as you go.

9. Plan time to work & play. Work hard. Play hard. Find balance between work and play.

10. Set goals. Give yourself goals to work toward. Both small goals and big dreams can help motivate you to work hard and find success.

Do you do these things? 


  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I do most of those things, but every now and then the procrastination bug sets in and I put some things off longer than I should.

  • Keikilani Jackson says:

    Great list! I try to do most of these. Got to keep on working at them!

  • Brandi says:

    I consider myself pretty successful, but I don’t do mornings. Well early mornings. Hubs does those. I think it boils down to finding something you are passionate about and being able to do it well. If it is as an artist, well getting up early isn’t going to factor in there unless you are most creative in the morning. But pretty much everything else on your list, yep got to do. Especially prioritizing. Heck you got to prioritize for life in general! Love the list.

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    Love this list– need to leave these tips more!

  • Louida says:

    I do the majority listed here. I consider myself being successful because I work very hard all these years to be where I’m at today.

  • Terry says:

    The old saying is Early To bed, early to rise… you know the rest. I am normally an earlier riser, but once in awhile I sleep until 8 AM

  • Janel says:

    I have to get up early, thanks to school drop-offs. Definitely not the highlight of my day. Great to read about the habits I can work on, though.

  • Oh! I do lots of the things on this list! Yay! :)

  • That’s a great list. I definitely need to work on some of them…exercise and goal setting being two of them!

  • Tracey says:

    Such a great list! There are a bunch I could work on.

  • I DO do these things. I try to make the most out of my 24 hours.

  • Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} says:

    There are a couple of those things that I really need to work on. Honestly though….I loathe mornings!! I’m naturally a night shift person. I’d “like” to stay up all night and sleep all day – but since having kids, it don’t work that way! I will say though, that I feel way more productive when I’m up and attem’ early!

  • Rosey says:

    I do 8 out of 10, woot! #3 and #8 could use some work, I have to admit. Knowing is the first step to fixing, right? :)

  • Liz Mays says:

    I need to work on communication. I think I should record myself every day on film so that it becomes more natural to me to do that. I turn down lots of things because I hate speaking in front of people.

  • Veronica says:

    This is a wonderful list to aspire to. I am right there with a few of them. The early morning thing is a myth for me personally because I work better at night :-)

  • Alissa says:

    I’ve mastered #1 – and early morning really has become a productive time for me. However… I need to pay more attention to #5 and get to sleep earlier to compensate!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    I definitely get up early! And I have no problem facing and learning from my mistakes.

  • That’s a great list. All goals we should all keep working towards.

  • Karen says:

    I love this list! I do some of these things. I admit that I do slack off now and then.

  • Melissa says:

    Ah, great things! I really need to start doing more of these.

  • Camesha says:

    I do most of these things. I have to work harder on making time to work out again.

  • I do all of these things! Sometimes the gym gets prioritized to the bottom only because work calls. I’ve found my day job (director of a hospital outpatient psychiatric program and psychotherapist) to be much more challenging now that I’ve adding in blogging- but blogging is my “fun.”

  • Christina S says:

    I do some of these, but could definitely do more of them. I need to work on setting goals and planning out my time better.

  • Mandi says:

    Setting priorities and taking care of your body have been big ones for me. When I’m drinking more water, it’s literally like I’m flushing out the junk and clearing my mind. Great post!

  • Chrishelle says:

    I definitely agree with getting up early. I feel so much more accomplished when I start my day before the sun comes up. Great tips.

  • teresa mccluskey says:

    I do most of these, but do not feel successful! I do need to start waking up earlier then 9 am!

  • Jessica says:

    I think in order to be successful it’s always important to surround yourself with a positive support system. Family and friends are so important especially when they are there to encourage your success!

  • Autumn says:

    I do some of these things, but not all. It is very important to have a support system in place, and the best way of accomplishing that is to surround yourself with the right people! Thanks for sharing this. I’d love to implement more of these qualities into my life.

  • Aimee Smith says:

    I need to work on getting up earlier! It is so nice to have a few quiet moments before the kids wake up!

  • Christie says:

    Not sure about the getting up early….I get up early now and don’t feel successful…I feel sleepy :)

  • Angela S says:

    This is such a good list. I do a lot of this but definitely need to make taking care of my body more of a priority.

  • Amanda says:

    Number 7 is so hard for me!! I am an all or nothing person and failing is probably my number 1 fear!

  • Chelsea says:

    Great list!! I need to follow it more. And I need to get up earlier, ahha.

  • Debra says:

    I like to prioritize, set goals, work with a great team. I don’ t like the getting up early – but I do embrace failure as a learning experience and I’m known as the one who like to take charge!

  • Ashley M says:

    I’m on my way to being more successful. My problem is managing all 10 things at once. I’m always sacrificing one area.

  • I love all of these things! Except the get up early part haha 😉

  • Krystal says:

    I am learning that without your health you cannot be successful. It is so important to take a few moments and relax and exercise!

  • Crystal @TwoChicsAndABlog says:

    I do most of these….most of the time. But there are a couple that I need to work on! I have to admit I would not be an early riser if it weren’t for that thing called a job.

  • Dawn says:

    I love your list, but I have to say that it’s not necessarily getting up early in the morning that makes one successful, but it’s making the most of whenever you do get up. My husband works a 2nd/3rd shift job and we both get up about 10am or 11am on both days. And I feel that we are both successful. :)

    But, I guess that depends on one’s definition of success, too.

    If you are jobless, don’t go to school, don’t have kids or a partner, are 45, live in your mom’s basement while she supports and cleans up after you, and you sleep all day, well, that’s another story, lol…. 😀

  • I’ve also read that they don’t watch a lot of television. That’s my weakness.

  • Amber K says:

    I’m so ready to play! I can’t seem to find time to do anything fun anymore. I want to be successful haha.

  • Zoe B says:

    Some great tips! I agree about getting up early – in-fact I wrote an article on this with some tips for how to get up early: http://simplelifestrategies.com/sls-early/

  • Just getting up early makes a huge difference. It is something that I’ve been working on lately and I am amazed at how much of an impact it has on my day.

  • Steven Mandella says:


    And I like this this better than the last one.
    Love your modifications!
    Keep up the fantastic work I love you for what you do!

  • I love your list. I wish mornings were easier for me. I seem to stay up way to late then find myself dragging. But your list is wonderful :)

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