"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of hard work, preparation, and learning from failure"
Everyone wants to be successful.
Whether it's in your career, with your friends, in your romantic relationships or in your family, success is desired by everyone. However, not everyone achieves success in these things. In fact, very few people do. But there are several characteristics which can be found in every single success story, and I've picked out 6 of them to discuss with you today. These are the 6 things everyone needs to start doing if they want to be successful;
1. Begin while others wait
"Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen"
Success comes to the one who acts first, according to H. Jackson Brown Jr. Not everyone has the guts to stand up and start doing something completely new and unknown, but if you have the kind of attitude which allows you to do so, then you're in a better place than about 70% of people. In my administration and it class, there are only a handful of people who would stand up once they've finished the theory work, to go on to the computers. If you want to succeed, you need to be one of those people. And yeah, sometimes you'll get some weird looks, because "No one's ever done that before" or whatever. But you're also guaranteed to get a lot of respect, for the same reasons.
2. Decide while others delay
"Don't delay acting on a good idea. Chances are someone else has thought about it too"
People who are successful don't hesitate to take the first step, and they always take action. It can be tempting to wait until you have all the answers, and have plans to accommodate every. Single. Possible. Outcome. However, if you want to go down that road, you'll be waiting forever, and success doesn't come to those who wait. If you want to be successful, you shouldn't jump into things blindly, however you should be able to adapt to changing circumstances, and one of the most important qualities of successful people is that you can deal with unforeseen circumstances, so toughen up!
3. Work while others wish
"Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them"
Is your cup half full of half empty? A large part of work is you attitude towards it, which can be an important factor in determining your success. Make sure you feel as if the work you are doing has a purpose and is making an impact, as this will help you stay motivated and hard working. Successful people see the importance in every aspect of work, no matter how small, and they believe in their ability to achieve their goals. That's all success really is; achieving your goals. So while everyone else is dreaming of their ideal career, you need to take the steps to ensure that you get to exactly where you need to be. Work hard, and you will harvest the results.
4. Save while others waste
"A man who decides to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life"
Efficiency is another extremely important characteristic which is critical in achieving success. Most people wish they were more efficient, but never really do anything about it. If you really want to be successful, you need to stop wasting time on things you either don't enjoy or don't benefit from, and start using your time more effectively. Every minute counts. There are tons and tons of techniques that you can use to help you become more efficient -particularly with your time- but here are a few pointers to help you for now:
-Set aside an allocated time each day for checking your phone and emails
-Make use of planning aids, such as e-diaries, to do lists, and action plans
-Create a structured schedule for your week, which includes time for work and play
5. Study while others sleep
"Every subject gives you knowledge and power no matter how important it may be or not be to the people around you... study and be proud later on"
Okay, so I'm not encouraging you to stay up until 4 in the morning studying for your maths exam, because we all know how that's going to turn out, zzz. But instead, start studying earlier on in the year. Don't leave it until the week before -or even the month before- your exams to start studying. When I was taking my first batch of Higher exams (Scottish Qualifications System) I started studying in the second week of the school year. That's 8 months before I actually sat the exam. I only studied about 20 minute each night, and if I had a lot of homework on any particular nights I wouldn't study, but those regular short bursts really helped me retain the knowledge and informations I needed to pass my exams, and I ended up getting straight A's. Now, I'm not smart -seriously I'm really not- and I never have been, but that just goes to prove that if you put your head down and really work hard, you can achieve great things!
I know you might think "What's the point" or maybe you just hate that particular subject, and you feel as if you're destined to failure. Well, let me assure you, there is a point. There is a point because this process of learning is empowering, and by being able to learn you are given a privilege that so many kids don't have. Plus, your future self with really thank you for it. As for subjects you don't like, I can sympathise. Sadly there's not really any exceptional advice I can give you, but if you just stick your head down and battle though it, working as hard as you can, I'm sure it'll be over before you know it.
6. Persist while others quit
"Don't stop until you're proud"
Contrary to popular belief, no doesn't always mean no. It can mean 'not now' or 'not this way', and the key to success is in that whatever you aim to achieve, never take no for an answer. Rejection is never final, instead, you should really take "no" as a push towards the right direction; a tiny whisper telling you to keep going. Too many people when faced with a red light in life will give up and quit their dreams, but that is never going to be the way to success. If you were faced with a red light while driving, you would never give up and tell yourself the red light is proof that you're a terrible driver and you'll never succeed in driving; you would sit tight and wait until it turned into a green light, and then you would proceed to drive on until you reached your destination.
When everyone around you starts to drop off and give up, it can be tempting to conform and follow their pattern, but if you truly want success, you need to hold on to your passions and your dreams until they become a reality. Only then will you truly achieve success.
What do you do to ensure you are successful?