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What Makes A Successful Person?

Updated on April 29, 2013

Two Things First…

What make a person successful? This is the million-dollar question perhaps 99% of the world’s population is asking. Why do some seemingly lucky people have so much success again and again, while other people never seem to rise above mediocrity. This question is worth some deep analysis, and this is the purpose of this article. To figure out what success really is and how it can be achieved.

But before I get any further into this topic, I would like to tell you two things. This may give you a jolt of shock, and it may even cause some to stop reading this article, but nevertheless, I feel I should tell you.

This Article May Not Help You Succeed

The first thing is that I cannot guarantee that what I write in here will help you in any way, shape, or form. No self-help book, personal success mentor, or short success article can guarantee 100% that if you read/hear this, you will automatically be successful, nor should they.

Why do I assert this? It is because the only deciding factor when it comes to succeeding is you. You must decide whether you’re going to keep reading this article, and it is you who must decide whether or not to put this knowledge to good use. If anybody reads something like this and doesn’t use it, they may as well not have read it in the first place. The knowledge basically slips through, like trying nto hold find sand in the palm of your hand.

I'm Not A Billionaire, Nor A Millionaire, Nor A ... Ok I'm not rich ;-)

The second thing that I want you to know is that I am not pretending that I am a billionaire who has everything in the world one could possibly want. In fact, you the reader might very well be in a much better shape financially then I am.

This warrants the question as to why am I entitled to writing this if I have not yet even experienced minor success. Well, first and foremost, I am speaking as much t as to my readers. I am a firm believer that if you teach something to somebody else, what’s taught tends to stick to you much better.

The second reason is that in all actuality, all one needs when figuring out what makes a person succeed is by using a healthy dose of common sense. The study of success is not at all complicated like rocket science. Unlike what many self-help books claim, there is no secret to success that the wealthy 1% keeps to themselves. The Secret, which was written by Rhonda Byrne, is a horrible book for doing this.

Okay, so now that I got that part out of the way, let’s delve into what I have come to believe are the key ingredients of successful living.

Key Ingredient #1 – Find out what it is that you want.

What do you really want? This is a valuable question, and probably the first one that should be asked when starting on the long and treacherous climb to success.

If you’re not sure how to answer this question, ask yourself why you are reading this particular article? If you say you’re unsatisfied with your life the next step is to ask again, why are you not satisfied? Keep on asking why questions until bottom of this and find out what it is that you want to change.

When you’ve figured that out write it down on a piece of paper, and write the word “Goal:”. Now you have a goal that will give you a sense of direction. Goal setting is very important to one’s success. To visualize the importance of setting a goal, imagine trying to build a road with no destination. Pointless, right?

Key Ingredient #2 – Create a Plan

If you want to succeed at your goal, you need a plan. Taking the road building visualization a step further, if you have a destination, but no definite road, map, or route to follow, you’re not going to get very far at all.

In order to build a workable plan, it is important to have a set deadline at which you want to achieve this goal. This is part of the goal itself, and it cannot be to soon and neither to late. If the deadline is set to late, you may get side-tracked by other things and may forget about the original goal that has been set. However, if the deadline is to soon, it might cause you to become overstressed and give up on your goal. A happy medium is best when creating a deadline.

Also, keep in mind that when creating a goal, it is helpful to divide it up into day by day, week by week, and month by month. This way, it is possible to keep track of your progress, which in turn will help with the motivation.

Key Ingredient #3 – Action! Action! Action!

This is where most people fail to succeed. They dream about there goal, and perhaps create a definite workable plan to succeed in the thing they desire, but they never take the action required. It’s like finding a destination, building the road or planning the route to the destination, and after all this, not using it. Some even start off, but then find some beautiful flowers to pick, and soon, you’re back at the same place that yyou started.

There are some things you can do to avoid this potential stagnation hazard. You can tell a friend about your goal, and if he/she is willing to, get him/her in on the “race.” When the going get hard, there is nothing better than a friend to give you that extra boost of motivation.

In Conclusion...

We are now at the end of this article, and if you are disappointed about what I’ve told you thus far, it is because you are looking for some secret thing that you don’t have. You are looking for some easy way to success, and I am sorry, but this was not the purpose of this article. Easy success does not exist, if you want to live a life of satisfaction, you’re going to have to work for it. I close this article with a quote and a video.

Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort. – Theodore Roosevelt


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      Taleb AlDris 

      5 years ago

      I like this sentence "Easy success does not exist, if you want to live a life of satisfaction, you’re going to have to work for it.". Thanks for sharing this hub. I voted Useful.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      5 years ago from India

      Deciding what to do and planning to achieve the same makes a man successful. Good hub.


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