10 Habits Successful People Recommend

The world needs positive role models. We look to them for guidance and inspiration. At the same time, we must remain true to the personal sense of integrity and determination that can only be heard from within. One way to get focused in the right direction is to observe the positive habits of others. What did a successful person do that helped him or her achieve that success?


Be a Positive Role Model

The word “success” means different things to different people. There can be personal success, success for the family, financial success, business success, success in helping others, spiritual success. It is important to orient yourself to what is important for you. What are your priorities? What defines success for you? Does success only mean more money or does it mean something greater? In order to help you answer those questions, I collected some excellent quotations from successful people, whether in business, sports, or in a spiritual or humanitarian sense.

Inspiration for Every Aspect of Life

These inspirational and practical words cover ways to conduct yourself not just on a daily basis, but across all strata of your life:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

“Errors, mistakes are the necessary steps in the learning process; once they have served their purpose, they should be forgotten. If we consistently dwell upon the errors, then the error or failure becomes the goal.”

“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

-Vince Lombardi, Legendary Coach of the Green Bay Packers

“I’m always trying to tackle subjects that tax me and make me think. That’s the key to staying young at heart. The brain has to be exercised the same as the rest of the body.”

-Clint Eastwood, Actor, Academy Award-Winning Director, Musician, Composer

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.”

-Mohandas K. (“Mahatma”) Gandhi, Human Rights & Spiritual Leader

“The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.”

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing”

-Thomas Edison, Inventor & Businessman

“Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success. I am aware that the ideas of business as being fun and creative goes right against the grain of convention, and it’s certainly not how…they teach it at some of those business schools…”

-Richard Branson, Billionaire Entrepreneur, Founder of Virgin Group

“Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?”

-LeBron James, NBA Champion, MVP, All-Star

“I’m a big believer in momentum. As an ex-abuser of drugs, I’m not a person who should have any pleasurable interruptions. Inactivity, time for reflection–these are not good for me. I work a lot, do a lot of different things, but I think in some ways I’m overcompensating for the inner, hidden knowledge that somewhere deep inside me there’s a lazy hippie waiting to get out, that if I’m given the opportunity, I’d lay down on the couch, turn on Adventure Time or The Simpsons, smoke a joint, and lay there for the next six months. If I go to work, I’m going to do things. I keep at them.”

-Anthony Bourdain, Chef, Author, Television Host, World Traveler

“I always ask the question, ‘what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?’ Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, ‘we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.’ Or another person says ‘well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.’…”

“When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money…And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing – it doesn’t matter what it is…you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much…Somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you will find others will.”

-Alan Watts, Philosopher, Author

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

-Bruce Lee, Martial Arts Master, Teacher, Actor, Author

Learn to Recognize the Useful Advice

You could take all this wisdom and write it down as a concise code of conduct, then post it on your wall and follow it and you’d be doing pretty well. Wisdom is everywhere, but so is bad advice. Practice thinking for yourself and separating the useful from the not. Practice using your innate ability of direct observation. Practice common sense. Good luck and…over to you!


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