Tips For Success from the World’s Most Influential People

1. Embrace the Possibility

The first thing you have to do to start your journey of success is to believe it's possible. Have it in your mind that nothing you want to do is out of reach. If you lean into something that might seem difficult, however, that change can also bring on great achievement and happiness.

2. Challenge Yourself

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” —Oprah Winfrey

It’s this sort of fearless attitude that is shared by many of the world’s most influential movers and doers.

3. Put Yourself Out There

Anybody can make plans about what they want to do. Plans without action, though, are nothing more than daydreams. The thing to try and do is take a chance and put those plans into action. There’s certainly some risk involved in doing so, but the greatest successes always involve a level of risk. You have to just start otherwise the risk of regret is high.

4. Hold Yourself to High Standards

Another tip for success that successful people do is hold themselves to high standards. Our lives are a makeup of the decisions we make, and the standards we hold ourselves to are often a result of those decisions. Your family, friends, bosses, and coworkers have their own standards that they hold you to, but it’s your own behaviour that shapes those expectations they have of you.

By developing a set of values that are important to yourself and holding yourself to those values, you’re displaying integrity. It’s this trait that when coupled with hard work often yields a lifetime of success.

5. Be Persistent

In December 2020, Elon Musk’s Starship rocket exploded into flames upon its landing.[1] If you think Musk is going to throw in the towel and wallow in failure, then you don’t know much about the entrepreneurial giant. He’s not just one of the most influential people around today, but he is also one of the most persistent.

No matter what your goals are, there are going to be critics and obstacles. It’s those who are persistent in spirit and not deterred by failure who will have the greatest chances of eventually achieving success.

6. Success Doesn’t Come Easy

The path to your own success likely won’t be a smooth one without its own bumps and obstacles. But by building a work ethic on the principles outlined here, progress towards success can be made.

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