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? 

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely LifeĀ®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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? šŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • 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 šŸ™‚

  • 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!

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

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • Not sure about the getting up early….I get up early now and don’t feel successful…I feel sleepy šŸ™‚

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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 šŸ˜‰

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

  • 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.

  • 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. šŸ™‚

    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…. šŸ˜€

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

  • 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.

  • YES!

    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!

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