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How to Be Successful in Life - 5 Steps Towards Success

Updated on July 20, 2013

Is something missing?

Do you wake up early in the morning every day to prepare for work? You sit in front of your desk, work all day, and meet your deadlines. Everything that has to be done is done. Another successful day at work – or so it seems…

As you lie in bed and fathom your day’s activities, you feel uneasy; something seems to be missing. Questions of all sorts come to mind, one by one, until you find yourself asking what that missing link is.

This only means one thing: You have yet to find how to be successful in life. Yes, you earn money, put bread on the table, and are able to pay your monthly bills. But this may not immediately mean that you are successful in life. The fact that you are questioning yourself is proof enough that you want to connect the gaps in your life.

Answer the Questions

Do not leave all those questions in your mind unanswered. You asked them for a purpose. Here are 5 steps towards a successful life that will help you find the answers to all of your questions.

How to Be Successful in Life

1. Define success.

One of the biggest mistakes people do is failing to have a specific definition of success. Do not base success on the success of others. Some people might consider themselves successful by just being able to have a stable job and eat three times a day. Some might say that he/she is still unsuccessful even if he/she has all the riches in the world. Whichever group you belong to, or if you fall anywhere in between, it is important to know for yourself what success is. Ask yourself: Do I want to be at the top of this company? Do I want to have my own business? What are the things I need to do before I can say that I am successful in life? Such questions will lead you to one single point: What success is for you.

Have time to sit down and set goals.
Have time to sit down and set goals. | Source

2. Set goals.

Once you have defined success, you need to set goals that will push you towards success. This will largely depend on the answers to your questions in the first step. If you want to have your own business, plan the necessary actions to accomplish it. Be realistic when setting your goals. It is OK to include your ultimate dream of becoming a billionaire in your list but start with how you will get there. Start with your job or your small business and focus on it. The little steps you take will eventually lead you to the top.

Stand out.
Stand out. | Source

3. Know yourself.

To be successful in life, you should completely know yourself. This may sound easy but in fact, it can be the hardest thing to do. The key is to be honest. Do not let your ego get in the way and try to do things that you just can’t do. Even the most successful people in the world know that they have limits. That’s why they enlist the help of others to do the job that they cannot handle on their own. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Identify the aspects of your life that needs improvement and do not be afraid to seek advice from others. Knowing yourself does not mean you should do it on your own. Often times, it is from others that you truly see who you really are.

Allow others to help you put the pieces together.
Allow others to help you put the pieces together. | Source

4. Avoid negativity.

Negativity can ruin all your plans. You have come this far; do not let negativity get the best of you and push you down. If negative thoughts run in your mind, turn them into positive ones. Always look at the bright side of things. These negative thoughts are just problems that get in the way. With the right attitude, you can work your way around these problems. Also, you will encounter a lot of negative people throughout your journey to success. If people tell you that you can’t do it, don’t just turn your back and leave; tell them you can and prove them wrong.

5. Enjoy life.

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it is easy to neglect the things that matter the most. You can get caught up with work, so much so that you fail to see the things that really make you happy. If the most successful people in the world share one belief in common, it would be to live your life to the fullest and without regrets. Enjoy your steps towards success. If you do not, you will continue to look for the missing link. After all, can you really say that you are successful if you are not happy?

Keep At It

Keep in mind that these steps are not a quick fix. It can take a long time before you fully understand these actions and start climbing your way to the top. Just continue believing in yourself and do not be afraid. You have the potential. Make yourself grow and be successful in life.


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    • Carson McQueen profile image

      Carson McQueen 4 years ago from Philippines

      Couldn't agree more, sana7866. Thanks for reading.

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      sana7866 4 years ago

      usefull!!! key to succces is hard work and determination