10 Simple Things Successful People Do Every Day
Here at Bright Side, we’re always inspired by the successes of our fellow human beings. But what exactly is it that sets these people apart from the crowd?
Here’s a list of tips and tricks which CEOs and presidents alike have cited as the secrets to their success.
1. They wake up early
As unappealing as it may sound, the CEOs of Apple, Starbucks, and Disney are among those who get up in the early hours of the morning. Our brains are sharp in the mornings, and being among the first up gives you an automatic head start.
2. They prioritize
Many successful people choose the most important item on their to-do list and tackle it first thing — before even looking at their e-mails, in-tray, or phone messages. You’ll be at your best early on, and it’ll stop large tasks from looming over you for the rest of the day.
3. They exercise
From actors to business moguls, a common practice among very high achievers is that they take regular exercise. Whether you prefer running, yoga, or aqua zumba, staying active will keep you energized and focused.
4. They make specific goals
“I want to get fit!“ or ”I want a promotion!" simply isn’t enough. Your goals need to be broken down into smaller, more achievable steps. Figure out what the very first step is — booking a gym induction or staying later at work — and take it!
5. They read
Bill Gates and Emma Watson are among the bookworms of the successful. Books, articles, poetry — they will all broaden your knowledge. In the wise words of Tyrion Lannister, "A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone."
6. They maintain balance
Even people who occupy some of the most senior positions in the world have spoken about the importance of having time to relax and be with loved ones. Making sure you’re giving yourself some time off will stop you from burning out or resenting your work.
7. They prepare
From choosing an outfit to packing their bags and preparing food the night before, successful people make sure that when their alarm goes off in the morning they are ready to go.
8. They ask for help
No one achieves great success all alone. Your best source of wisdom and knowledge is the people around you. Network with them and pick their brains. They might be able to help you in ways you’d never have guessed, and the journey to the top will be a lot less lonely.
9. They persevere
J.K. Rowling was rejected by 13 publishers; Michael Jordan was rejected from his high school basketball team; Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job for his "lack of imagination." Yet these people persevered with their dreams, even against the odds...and look where they are now!
10. They act!
From CEOs to the best-selling authors, these people are ultimately successful because they acted on their dreams. If you have an idea that you think could lead you to success, begin taking those small steps toward making it happen — you never know where it might lead you!