What do the most successful people in the world have in common? More than you think! Success is a mindset, a practice, and a culmination of habits. Here are 23 habits of highly successful and happy people.
This list is inspired by self help & business books, articles, and interviews I’ve had with successful people I know. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
23 habits of highly successful people
1. Take full responsibility for their life
The most successful people always take full responsibility for their life. They never complain, nor do they blame others for their problems. They take responsibility for all the good AND the bad in their life. They know that even though they can’t always control what happens to them, they can always control how they respond to those events. They can choose to respond positively and productively. Because of this, successful people are always optimistic about their future.
2. Know their priorities
Successful people always know their priorities and do the most important tasks first. They know that the content what they work on matters. So it’s better to be effective on the right tasks, then efficient with the smaller, less meaningful tasks.
3. Create their morning routine
Successful people also create their morning routine. The key to super productive days is to start them right. Choose activities that energize and inspire you, see what daily tasks you can get out of the way early on, and build your morning around those tasks. Like you can drink water, take vitamins, journal, and exercise before starting work.
4. Daily meditation/mindfulness
Most successful people practice daily meditation or some sort of mindfulness practice, whether it’s journaling, morning pages, or something like the five-minute journal. According to statistics, more than 80% of all successful people have some form of meditation or mindfulness practice every day
5. Make health & exercise a priority
Another key to success is to make health and exercise a priority. Research says that regular exercise and a healthy diet can lead to higher levels of productivity, happiness, motivation, and, not surprisingly, your ability to live longer. Successful people take care of their bodies because they know it affects all other areas of their life.
6. Read and learn continuously
Another habit that all successful people have in common is they read and learn continuously. Bill Gates read 50 books a year. Warren Buffet reads 600-1000 pages a day. Elon Musk learned how to build rocket ships by reading books. But successful people don’t just read anything. They’re highly selected about what they read, so they usually choose knowledge and learning over entertaining books.
7. Discipline & self-control
Another key habit is to have discipline and self-control. Successful people know how to stay focused and not fall for distractions. Their priorities are solid, and they keep their eyes on the goal.
The most successful people are also extremely consistent. There’s so much power in the consistency because small consistent actions are how you build anything great. To practice your consistency, try doing something for 21 days straight. If you fall off, start the 21 days over again. The longer you can stay consistent at something, the more likely you will succeed at it.
9. Follow through w/ what they say
Successful people will also follow through with what they say. They take their commitments and promises seriously. When they say they are going to do something, they are going to do it. They don’t give excuses, only results.
10. Persist & persevere
Another thing they do is they persist and persevere. Successful people don’t give up easily. They stay in the game no matter what. Keep it in mind “No matter how hard it is or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!” That mindset will help you stay persistent in reaching your goals.
11. Aren’t afraid to fail
Successful people aren’t also afraid to fail. They know that failure is good because failure is just a learning opportunity. It teaches you what doesn’t work, so you can try something else. There’s no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
12. Hone their craft daily
The most successful people hone their craft daily and sharpen the saw. What they do is, they work on their craft every day, by practicing and making small improvements, so that over time they become very, very good at what they do. Ask yourself: What’s your craft? What skills are important for your career? and then working on sharpening those skills every day.
Another habit is to be self-aware. Successful people know their strengths and weaknesses, and use them to their advantage. They know how they are doing, and they are aware of the areas where they need to improve. So they’re confident but they’re also humble.
14. Practice gratitude out
Another habit is to practice gratitude. Success without gratitude is the biggest failure of all. Gratitude is the key to living a happy and successful life. Without it, you’ll always be yearning for more, more, and more. With gratitude, you’ll know how wonderful your life already is, and be thankful for how far you’ve already come.
15. Have a support system
Successful people also have a solid support system. Whether it’s a partner, friends, family, coach, or some sort of community. It doesn’t have to be a big group. It can be just a handful of people to rely on and bounce ideas off of.
16. Surround themselves with like-minded achievers
Another key thing that all successful people do is: They surround themselves with like-minded achievers. We’ve all heard of the quote You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with and it’s so true. Successful people surround themselves with people they can learn from and people who inspire them in their journey.
Successful people are also goal-oriented. Not only do they set goals, but they also make detailed plans on how to achieve these goals, and then follow through with their plans. They know that execution is more important than ideas.
18. Proactive & take initiative
Another habit of successful people is: They are proactive and take initiative. They don’t wait around to things just fall in their lap. If they want something, they go out and make it happen.
19. Manage their emotions
Successful people also know how to manage their emotions. They are aware of how their emotions influence their thoughts and behavior, and so they learn how to detach from any emotions that aren’t serving them. They know there are the right place and time for exploring their emotions. Sometimes you have to set your emotions aside to get the work done.
20. Communicate clearly
Successful people also communicate clearly. Every great leader is a great communicator. They speak with authority and confidence. And they talk about their ideas in a way that connects deeply with the audience and moves them.
21. Good listener
These people are also great listeners. They listen to what others have to say, ask questions, and write things down. They do this so that they can learn and fully understand the situation, or get the details right in fixing the situation.
22. Value alone time
You’ll find that most successful people value their own time. They take time alone to think and connect to their intuition, which helps give them a clearer direction in life. They use that alone time to recharge but also strategize for their future.
23. Love the journey more than the result
Lastly, most successful people love the journey more than the result. They learn how to enjoy the process, rather than do everything for the end goal. That’s how they stay committed, consistent, and persistent in the long run. Ultimately, that means if you love what you do, then you have the best chance to be successful.