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How to Succeed at Everything You Do

Updated on April 12, 2013

You CAN do it!


How to Succeed at Everything

They say you can’t always be perfect. That doesn’t mean you can’t try though. As I’ve gone through college, I’ve wanted to do EVERYTHING. I wanted to get as many A’s as possible, get more physically fit, learn the guitar, and still party like crazy while getting enough sleep. Some would say pick two because everything on that list just isn’t going to cut it. For a while I believed that. I slept a lot and did my work, never picking up my guitar, going out, or going out for a run every day. Now, I manage to do everything I want to do and I actually don’t want to kill myself. While some things, like getting your boss to like you, may be due to luck, you can succeed at anything you want.

At this point of my life, I’ve discovered how to do it all, and it really didn’t take much. Here I thought I would have to give up everything. It’s all about that thing my mom has been telling me all my life: time management. I don’t know what I was thinking before. I wasted hours of my life on social networking sites, as many teenagers do instead of those things I wanted to achieve. You don’t have to give up Facebook or Youtube though. Moderation is the key to success

Basically, you must do everything, every day. Let me explain before you wet your pants. Everything you want to do needs to become a daily ritual, for the most part. Let’s say you want to learn an instrument. You need to practice every day. My old band teacher told us that every day and no one brought their instruments home, not even on the weekends. That explained a lot for why we sounded so awful.

If you’re further along in life such as in the workplace, you’re probably thinking of ways to get promoted or strengthen your business. On a basic level, you need to put more dedication to it. The economy is in the dumper but there are always ways of furthering your career. If you love your job you’ll enjoy finding new ways of improving your skills and figuring out your weaknesses. If you don’t love your job it’ll feel like a chore and you should probably find a career you love.

Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to learn how to play guitar. I let the years slide by and was too afraid to ask my parents for a guitar or lessons and wasted many years playing the trumpet which I liked but I was still jealous of the only kid playing guitar, wishing I could learn. The point of the story is that the sooner you start something, the longer you’ll have to master it. I could’ve been a musical prodigy by now but I waited until my late teens to start. Have you ever wanted to master an instrument? Have you ever tried? How often did you practice? No really.

In school? Read carefully!

If you’re in school and you want great grades, you need to do your work every day. I know that’s not what you wanted to hear but you’ll be happier, trust me. If you do a little bit each day, it won’t be so painful, you just have to start. Starting is always the hardest part of a project, just remember that. I want it to be clear that you actually have to do parts of every subject every day, especially studying. It doesn’t matter when that test or final is. Most people say this doesn’t work. I’ll admit that I’ve said it. However, I was lying and you might be too. (Sorry). Are you really clear with yourself about that? Sometimes we humans lie to ourselves because we’re afraid of the truth.

It takes time

Cross Country: Struggling at 2 miles to Gliding through Several
Cross Country: Struggling at 2 miles to Gliding through Several

Break it down

Success falls under so many categories it can make your head spin. The only thing you should really think about at this point is doing things in little pieces. I would be out of hours in the day if I did hours of homework a day every once in a while, or if I played guitar for hours on a certain day. What I do now though allows me to do it all. Here is an example of what I’m talking about. I do assignments as they are given, days in advanced. I play guitar two or three times a day for a total of two hours. I run every morning. I have established a routine that allows me to comfortably complete everything I want to do. So write down everything you want to do and split it throughout every day in reasonable increments. Be prepared for a trial and error process. Once you have that begin your routine. Routines take a while to get into but once you’re hooked, it’s almost like a drug. There are enough hours in the day.

Natural Talent? Pfft

You don’t have to be born with a natural ability to succeed at anything. You just have to put the work in. Work ethic has died in the United States. I’m not sure why but everyone could agree that people don’t put blood sweat and tears into anything. I’ll admit I wanted to just pick up my guitar and be able to shred in under an hour. I would take weeks off at a time believing I would never be able to play.


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    • Born2care2001 profile image

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Welcome to Hubpages aparkhurst7!

      Experience is, in my humble opinion, the best teacher and I believe you have begun in earnest to walk down that path. I would agree that whenever someone tells you you can't, that it's only true if you believe it too! So, continue to experiment with the all of the tools you are given. How else will you know which ones you enjoy the most.

      One word of caution. Pay attention to your emotions...the ones that resonate deep within you, not the superficial ones that may appeal to you initially, but the ones that after soulful consideration speak to your heart. They will tell you whether you are heading in a direction that is for your highest good and for the highest good of all those around you, or not! No one can know this for you. Only you will know.

      I hope to see more of your work and joy here on Hubpages.

      Until then, peace be with you!

      Voted Up and interesting.

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      Gail Meyers 

      5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Welcome to HubPages! I think this is some pretty good advice. I especially like the part about getting started on a school project is the hardest part. I usually had good intentions, but would always end up staying up all night the night before a paper was due. Then, I proofread it right up until the minute it was due. Getting started really is the hardest part sometimes. Voted up and useful.

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      Steve Mitchell 

      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Good information presented here. Check out the learning centre for some great ideas and tips on writing Hub Page articles.

      Shared and voted up / interesting.

    • howtobeasuccess profile image

      How to be a Success 

      5 years ago from The Land of Hope

      Hello, nice content.. but you have to make your hub look more interesting. I would suggest you breakdown your article to multiple text capsule and add other capsules like video and poll.. I hope you find my suggestions useful.. good luck to your Hubbing..

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      DJ Anderson 

      5 years ago

      Welcome to Hub Pages, aparkhurst7!

      You, young lady, have come up with some pretty basic advice for succeeding in most any challenge. Spending a little time each day will develop great work ethics and help conquer many new skills. Like most things; the more you practice, the better you become.

      Again, welcome to your adventure of great Hubbing.



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