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10 Success Lessons from Successful People

We all have a different definition of success. Some people define success by having a loyal family and children. But most of the world would identify it as achieving power and wealth. Here are some tips from successful people, you can use in college, future career and personal life.

If You Want to Learn Something – Just Do It.

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“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.” – Richard Branson

Richard Branson is a very successful English businessman, who’s inspiring a lot of young people to start their own business and stop being afraid of doing something new! Richard can give us valuable advice – you can’t learn about anything without actually doing it. You can read a lot of books on how to ride a bike, but unless you start riding it, you won’t be able to know how to do it well.

Develop Yourself

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“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.” – Stephen R. Covey

How can people control others without knowing how to control themselves? If you want to be successful and improve some things around you – start with yourself. Every person should improve themselves before trying to influence the others. Very often it becomes the hardest thing to do. Everybody can see mistakes in others, but when it comes to yourself – it’s hard to notice anything wrong.

Be Persistent

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Edison is one of the most successful American inventors. If his new invention didn’t work right away, Edison started trying so many times, until it worked. Simple as that. You shouldn’t give up as soon as something doesn’t go your way. Edison’s key to success is to be persistent and confident. Eventually, you’ll be able to achieve great results. Many people give up without understanding that next try could be successful.

Love What You Do

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. ” – Steve Jobs

Many people settle on their lousy jobs and work until retirement. It is not necessary! Everyone has a thing they love to do. It can be programming, singing or writing, it doesn’t really matter. Your work will be truly successful only if you’re passionate about it. Start chasing your dreams, try different jobs. If you’re young, you have a lot of possibilities to choose from. Steve Jobs doesn’t want you to settle until you’re sure it’s what you want to do!

Work Hard

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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

Colin Powell is right. You may think there are some secrets to success you don’t know. Or that you have to be talented in one area to achieve wonderful results. To be honest, it is result from very hard work and learning from failure. It is important to learn from mistakes to not let them happen again. Before you start doing something, you need to prepare, research and work as long as it takes.

Don’t Procrastinate

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“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky

No more “I’ll start on Monday/tomorrow/next month/year” words! It’s now or never. We all know what it is to be a procrastinator. You just can’t do anything, you want deadline extension, even if it takes less than an hour to do something. Stop looking for excuses! Successful people don’t procrastinate. This is their key to success.

Be Passionate

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“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh

We’ve all heard about Zappos – a company with the happiest employees. Tony Hsieh realized that he didn’t have to chase the money. He should find his passion and go for it! If you manage to find that passion, you’ll see it can bring money as well. Tony used to spend days, not even hours at work, because he loved it! If you’re not ready to devote most of your time and energy on your work, maybe it’s not for you.

Choose Wisely

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“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K Rowling

You may have some great abilities and talents. But the most important thing is what you do with those abilities. You need to make a lot of choices in your career and they define who you really are. So make sure they are the right ones. Don’t let others influence your choices and stay true to your principles.

Revenge Your Enemies by Being Successful

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“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

Be ready to hear a lot of meaningless critics. But listen to Sinatra’s words – the best revenge is to show all these people how successful you are. There is no need to worry about someone’s mean words. All you should do is forget about the bullies and show the world you’re better than them.

Stay Focused

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“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a wise man, who thought it was important to stay focused all the time. You should think only about things, which matter and ignore all the distractions. There are some long-term goals you should think about, so be focused on them. Decide what’s important to you and motivate yourself to reach all your goals.

You won’t find some extraordinary secrets to success. The most important part is to work hard, believe in your dream, be persistent and don’t listen to meaningless critics. Be confident and don’t let others stop you. And always practice! Even the most talented people had to spend hours every day to become great. So get rid of procrastination and enjoy improving your skills!

Any success tips you would like to share? Don’t be shy! Go to the comments below!