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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People explores a number of paradigms, principles, and habits that can help you become more productive, whether that be as an individual, as part of an organisation or a business. A great read for anyone looking to be more productive in their everyday life.

About the author

Stephen Covey was the author of multiple international best-sellers, including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was recognised by Time Magazine as one of America’s top 25 most influential individuals. He was an inspirational leader and teacher, he aimed to share his message and principles with as many people as possible. Covey passed away in 2012 leaving behind his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In this summary

Before we dive into the 7 habits, we’ll briefly summarise a few paradigms and principles that Covey believes are important, and we’ll discuss exactly what a habit is. Then we’ll move on to discussing each of the 7 habits; being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand – then to be understood, synergise, and finally sharpening the saw.



”In order to change a situation, you first have to change yourself. And to change yourself effectively, you first have to change your perception.”

Covey explains that a paradigm is the way that you “see” the world, the way you perceive the world, understand it’s workings and interpret events. Our behaviours and attitudes are a direct result of our paradigms. Without these, we simply have nothing to base ourselves on, Covey explains that we would lack integrity. Paradigms and our behaviours cannot be mutually exclusive.

Can paradigms shift?

Now that we understand what a paradigm is, the next question is can paradigms change over time? Covey explains that they absolutely can, and it’s almost inevitable that they will. Sometimes the changes can be considered positive or negative and some might be instant whereas others happen over a long period of time. Every time a paradigm shifts you are experiencing a powerful change, the way you see the world and the way you behave is probably changing.

”A Paradigm Shift is the “a-ha” experience associated with finally perceiving or understanding some aspect of the world (or a circumstance) in a different way.”

Principles and paradigms

A principle, on the other hand, is something that Covey describes as a natural, unbreakable law. He explains that we don’t necessarily look at our lives in relation to a paradigm or map. The paradigms are what Covey calls a ‘subjective reality’ – the way we can describe the territory. However, it is the ‘lighthouse’ principles that are the ‘objective reality’ – these principles are the key to growth and our overall happiness. You can see these principles and laws everywhere you look, any family, community, city or society at any time in history has had their own natural laws.


Covey explains that the way that we see problems that we face, is actually the problem. He explains that if you look within, and analyse the real problem, it’s not something that can be solved on the surface. It’s more to do with what we think about the problem. In order to ‘solve’ the problem, we need to adjust our thinking and find a new level of thinking. Concerns are deeper issues, they are never as shallow as they might first appear.


”A habit is the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire. Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three.”


The dictionary definition of proactive is: (of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than responding to it after it has happened. Covey explains that being proactive is about taking on a responsibility, it’s more than just using your initiative. He explains that it’s important to remember that our decisions determine our behaviours, not the conditions we are in. And to be proactive means to take on a responsibility and making things happen, not waiting for things to happen to you.

When Covey breaks down the word ‘responsibility’ into “response-ability” it becomes clear that you have the ability and the power within you to choose how you will respond to any event or action. It’s nothing to do with conditions, but to do with how you choose to behave. Making a decision to respond in a certain way should be a conscious choice and be a choice that reflects your values and paradigms regardless of your conditions.

Proactive people

Covey explains that we are designed to be proactive, it’s actually in our nature. However, too often we give too much power to our conditions and let them control us, rather than making our own decisions. And this is when becoming reactive, rather than proactive becomes a habit. For example, someone who is reactive will feel affected by the weather, on sunny days they will feel good and get things down, but when it’s gloomy and dark, they’ll react by feeling down and unproductive. In comparison, someone who is proactive will feel and act the same no matter the weather, the conditions have no effect on their feelings or how they behave.

”Proactive people are value driven; and if their value is to produce good quality work, it isn’t a function of whether the weather is conducive to it or not.”


Values drive proactive people, and Covey explains that these values are always carefully considered, individual and chosen specifically by each person. Of course, external factors will always influence a person, factors such as physical strengths or limitations, social aspects, and psychological states. But Covey explains that a proactive person will be in a better state to respond to these factors and will do so based on their values.

”Initiative – our basic nature is to act, and not be acted upon. Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.”Click To Tweet

Covey explains that proactivity doesn’t only occur on an individual level, businesses, organisations, communities, and families can all be proactive. It’s about gathering a number of proactive individuals together and cultivating their strengths to drive a proactive organisation or culture.

Be self-aware of your proactivity

Covey encourages everyone to examine their own level of proactivity by examining where they spend the most time and energy. He explains that everyone has a ‘circle of concerns,’ something that is outside of their control and is usually related to things like problems at work, debt, health, children etc. Instead of focusing all of your time on energy on things that are outside of your control, a proactive person will focus on things that they can change. This is what Covey calls the ‘circle of influence’.


Covey’s second habit is all about understanding the destination of any task or journey before you begin. Having an understanding of where you are headed is always going to benefit you while on the journey, it will ensure that you make the right decisions and take the right steps. Covey explains that this is critical for productivity and effectiveness, if you’re just working away without knowing where you’re headed, you’re like to feel busy, but never really reaching the desired results.

”Begin with the End in Mind” is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. Most business failures begin in the first creation. With problems such as undercapitalization, misunderstanding of the market, or lack of a business plan.”

Imagination, conscience & self-awareness

Covey explains that there are three human qualities that allow us to examine the first creation part. Those are our own imagination, conscience, and self-awareness. If we can effectively engage these qualities, Covey explains that it’s possible for us to take ownership and control of the first creation, he explains that you can essentially write your own script.

Covey explains that our imagination is the key to visualising the potential, without the ability to imagine what it could be like. Our conscience is responsible for understanding the natural laws and principles, and when combined with our own personal guidelines we are able to figure out what we can contribute. Imagination and conscience, when combined with self-awareness enable us the ability to determine our own paths.

Covey explains that a personal mission statement should focus on your character, who you want to be, and what you want to do, what contributions you can make. Your personal mission statement will also take into account your values and principles. When combined, your personal mission should reflect your proactivity and be able to help you steer in the right direction.

Leadership and management

Many people consider leadership and management to be one and the same. But Covey explains that they are actually different, and leadership comes before management. Which is why leadership is the first creation, management is the second. To put this into context, a leader should be focused on what they need to accomplish (the WHAT), this is what Covey considers to be a top-line focus. Whereas management, the bottom-line focus, would be considering what the best way to accomplish their goals would be (the HOW).


Covey’s third habit is actually the result of the first two habits, the third habit is the physical creation, the second creation.

”An ability to manage well determines the quality and even the existence of the second creation. Management is the breaking down, the analysis, the sequencing, the specific application. The time-bound left-brain aspect of effective self-government.”

Covey explains that independent will is essential in effective self-management. Without independent will, you lack the ability to make a choice or decision, and actually follow through. Covey describes independent will as the ability to act, rather than be acted upon.

Time management

Covey explains that there are 4 ‘generations’ in time management.

  1. The 1st generation is the recognition of the tasks that require our time and energy. The 1st generation is expressed through checklists, notes and to-dos.
  2. The 2nd generation focuses on planning and scheduling future events, getting a handle on our plans and is expressed through calendars and diaries.
  3. The 3rd generation focuses on prioritisation, understanding what needs to be done first and the value of different tasks. It also focuses on goal-setting, long, short and immediate goals are set which dictates how we will spend our time and energy. The 3rd generation is expressed in daily planning, the setting out of any given day and scheduling time with your goals in mind.

What about the 4th generation?

Covey explains that people now often perceive the detailed schedules and management of time can actually be counter-productive. And this is what has prompted the 4th generation. The 4th generation focuses on managing ourselves instead of just our time. Covey explains that the 4th generation recognises that the circle of influence should be our focus and that things, like building new relationships and nurturing current ones, are the key to results. When considering efficiency, rather than looking at your calendar, or checklists, you need to look at yourself and understand how you spend your time. This is how the 4th generation makes decisions and lives their daily lives.


Covey emphasises the importance of delegation. He believes that too many people are afraid to delegate, they believe that explaining what needs to be done to another person is a waste of time, and means that they could probably just perform the task themselves. People also fear that a task may not be completed in exactly the way they desired. However, Covey is a strong believer of delegation. By delegating things to other people, you are being more effective. And by delegating to time, you are being more efficient.


Covey explains that win-win is actually a philosophy and a result of human interaction, there are six interaction paradigms. The 6 paradigms are; win-lose, lose-win, lose-lose, win, win-win, and no teal. Win-win is the ultimate goal and the best of all of the paradigms. By focusing on win-win rather than just hoping for a win for yourself, you are seeking benefits for everyone, not just yourself. When looking for a solution to a problem, looking for the win-win solution is always your best option, that way, every part will be satisfied and happy with the outcome. Covey reminds us that life isn’t a competition, it’s about co-operation.

Interpersonal leadership

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Covey explains that interpersonal leadership requires the fundamental habit of thinking win-win. By focusing on mutual benefits, you need to be well practiced at considering others. Covey explains that you also need to be courageous and speak up, because a lot of the time you will find yourself dealing with someone who is more aligned with the win-loss habit. In these situations, you have to push your win-win attitude and it may not be easy.

”Win-win is not a personality technique. It’s a total paradigm of human interaction. It comes from a character of integrity, maturity, and the Abundance Mentality. Win-win grows out of high-trust relationships. It is embodied in agreements that effectively clarify and manage expectations as well as accomplishments.”


”We have such a tendency to rush in, to fix things up with good advice. But we often fail to take the time to diagnose, to really, deeply understand the problem first. This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication.”

Covey truly believes that communication is the fundamental life skill that we all need to work on. It’s literally something that we spend all day, every day doing. Covey points out that at school, you’re so focused on learning how to read, write and even speak, that no-one ever sits down and teaches you how to listen. There are two critical parts in any communication, the speaker, and the listener. So why do we so often forget about the listening part?

Covey explains that when you are interacting with someone, and you aim to influence them to your way of thinking or your idea, you cannot simply dive in and tell them what you think. The first step you need to take is to understand them as a person, understand their values and what drives their thinking. If you can learn to listen and be empathetic, you will be able to nurture open, trusting relationships with other people that may lead to wonderful outcomes.

Shift in paradigm

Covey explains that it’s in our nature these days to seek to be understood before anything else. He believes that when most people are quietly listening to another person, they are not actually being empathetic and aiming to understand, they are simply biding their time, waiting for their opportunity to respond. Therefore, shifting to seek first to understand can be considered quite a radical change in our thinking.

”As you learn to listen deeply to other people, you will discover tremendous differences in perception. You will also begin to appreciate the impact that these differences can have as people try to work together in interdependent situations.”


”When properly understood, synergy is the highest activity in all life. The true test and manifestation of all the other habits put together. Synergy is the essence of Principle-Centred Leadership. It is the essence of principle-centred parenting. Synergy catalyses, unifies, and unleashes the greatest powers within people.”

Covey explains that synergy occurs when all of the parts add up to a whole that is greater than the sum of each of those individual parts.

Communicating synergy

Covey acknowledges that by communicating synergistically, it may seem like you’ve cast aside everything you learned about habit 2. By communicating synergistically, you allow yourself to be open to new opportunities and options, and now you might not be sure what the result of your communication will be, the end is not the first thing on your mind. However, Covey believes that communicating synergistically is actually fulfilling the goal of having the end in mind. The end you are imagining is better than it was before, a sense of excitement and adventure. And that adventure, and bitterness, is the end you can keep in mind.

Covey explains that both synergy and creativity are exciting phenomena. And once people start to experience synergy and have interactions that are mind-expanding, it’s easy to get hooked. It’s a habit worth pursuing, the outcomes can be life-changing and bring around significant improvement, so Covey really encourages everyone to communicate synergistically whenever possible.

”Synergy works; it’s a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. Synergy is effectiveness in an interdependent reality. It is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.”


For Covey, ‘sharpening the saw’ means looking after, investing in, and improving yourself, because after all, you are your own greatest asset. He explains that there are 4 dimensions to any person: physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional. It’s important to check in with each of these dimensions regularly and ensure they are being preserved and enhanced.

”This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life. Investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.”Click To Tweet

Four dimensions

  1. The Physical Dimension: this dimension means looking after your body inside and out, ensuring that you eat well, exercise regularly and get enough rest.
  2. The Spiritual Dimension: this is a very private dimension and a fundamental part of making you, you. Being spiritual can come in many different forms whether it be meditation, yoga or enjoying nature. It’s about connecting with your core and your values.
  3. The Mental Dimension: Covey explains that formal education and schooling aids the majority of our mental development in our early years. However, once we leave the confinements of formal education, too many people stop pursuing learning and development. It is important to continue to educate yourself in as many ways as possible. it doesn’t have to be as discipline or regimented as schooling, but it’s important to be proactive and keep training your brain.
  4. The Social/Emotional Dimension: this dimension has a lot to do with our relationships and communications. Ensuring that your social/emotional dimension is looked after is often easier than the rest, it occurs regularly with daily interactions. It’s important, however, to really nurture important relationships.

Covey stresses the importance of renewing all four dimensions of our life in harmony and balance. If you fail to nurture one area, the negative outcomes will impact the other dimensions.

”Most people are a function of the social mirror, scripted by the opinions, the perceptions, the paradigms of the people around them. As interdependent people, you realise that we are a part of that social mirror. Choose to reflect back to others a clear, undistorted vision of themselves.”



  • A paradigm is the way that you “see” the world. The way you perceive the world, understand it’s workings and interpret events.
  • A habit is the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.
  • To be proactive means to take on a responsibility and making things happen, not waiting for things to happen to you.
  • Proactivity doesn’t only occur on an individual level, businesses, organisations, communities, and families can all be proactive.
  • Having an understanding of where you are headed is always going to benefit you while on the journey. It will ensure that you make the right decisions and take the right steps.
  • Win-win is the ultimate goal and the best of all of the interaction paradigms.
  • By focusing on win-win rather than just hoping for a win for yourself, you are seeking benefits for everyone, not just yourself.
  • Seek first to understand.
  • The first step you need to take is to understand them as a person, understand their values and what drives their thinking.
  • There are 4 dimensions to any person: physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional.
  • It’s important to check in with each of these dimensions regularly and ensure they are being preserved and enhanced.


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  • Aim to be more proactive, make things happen. Most importantly, don’t wait for things to happen to you so you can simply react.
  • When looking for a solution to a problem, approach it with the win-win mindset. What outcome is going to be mutually beneficial for all parties. Stop focusing on just yourself.
  • When having a discussion with someone else, aim to understand them as a person. Consider what motivates them and how they think. Don’t simply wait for your turn to talk.
  • Check in with your own 4 dimensions regularly. Ensure that none are neglected and you are always nurturing and developing.
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Ever wondered what it takes to be a successful person in life? It might be subjective to answer, but there are a few things that we certainly can point out and utilize in our daily lives to become more effective.

Apart from skills, intelligence, and opportunities, it’s their good habits that make the difference.

One thing that differentiates high achievers from regular people is intention. Meaning, if you get up every day and just coast wherever events and situations take you, you’re going to end up somewhere other than the ideal place. To reach your maximum potential, you need to steer your path via daily habits which prime you for success.

People who are highly successful in life are because they practice some good habits of successful persons regularly which other people don’t.

So, if these habits are game-changers, then why not we should adopt all these good habits of highly successful people and list ourselves among successful people.

Here is a list of 50 habits of successful people that are common among them.

1 - Early Risers

One of the core habits of successful people is that they get out of bed early. It provides them a sense of confidence to plan things so that they can easily accomplish their daily tasks. They make use of this time by involving in exercise and planning the activities of the entire day.

2 - Meditation

Meditation has many physical and mental benefits like it removes stress, controls anxiety, boosts self-awareness, etc. Many people, who achieve success in life, have discovered uncountable benefits of meditation. They are used to meditate every day because it improves their memory, along with offering many other benefits associated with it.

3 - Organization

The organization is one of the most frequently acknowledged habits of individuals who are successful in life. Planning, as well as setting priorities and goals, are all part of this type of organization.

According to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Sunday is an important day for the organization “getting ready for the rest of the week.”

4 - Stay Focused

Focused thinking is the most altered state of your mind because it allows your brain to concentrate at its best by removing all the distractions.

Most successful people have a regular habit of focused thinking for around 30 minutes during which they think about all the essential aspects like health, relationship, business, etc. so that they can analyze everything in a better way and may come up with a better strategy to accomplish things.

Silence is linked with the development of new cells in the area of the brain that is responsible for learning and memory. So, by practicing focused thinking, you can discover better solutions because your mind feels less stress at that time.

5 - Workout Regularly

How can you become successful if you have no plan for dealing with stress?

According to the study, seventy percent of adults are a victim of stress in the U.S.

This is one of the major reasons why successful people make a habit of exercising daily because they know that if they remain under stress all the time, then they can’t deliver their best.

Doing exercise daily or at least four to five times a week not only helps them enhance their memory and mental sharpness but also enables them to increase their creativity.

6 - Networking

Living around successful people has a huge impact on your success because they keep you motivated. That’s why successful people prefer to develop relationships among positive and motivated people so that they can have the company of the right people. Successful people try their best to limit their exposure among negative people because they believe that it can create a negative impact on their personality.

7 - Goal-Oriented

Setting the direction, planning tasks, and realizing your vision is a nice habit as it increases your dedication at work. Some apps that can provide more clarity in making decisions like Week Plan. Almost every successful person likes to set short-term goals because they know that creating short-term goals and achieving them with success will help them come closer to the bigger, long-term goal.

8 - Work Towards Objectives

Successful people believe in the philosophy of being their boss because it helps them get professional freedom instead of working 9 to 5 chasing other people’s dreams. Successful people don’t waste their time fulfilling the dreams of others. They make their own goals and work hard to achieve them because if they spend time living the dream of others, then they can’t achieve what they have planned to achieve in their own lives.

9 - High Self-Standard

Everyone has the freedom to choose their standards when it comes to self-reflection. Successful people, on the other hand, do not compromise on their standards. They hold themselves to a high standard because it helps them achieve high levels of commitment, momentum, and outcomes, all of which are necessary for success.

10 - Sufficient Sleep

Having enough sleep is essential for being successful in life. It not only sharpens your brain but also helps to stay alert throughout the day. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about total hours of sleep. It’s also important to get good quality sleep on a regular schedule so you feel rested when you wake up.

11 - Multiple Source of Income

Successful people always work towards creating multiple income streams because they know that relying completely on a single source of income can never provide them with financial stability. They normally have around three to five income streams so that They don’t have to spend as much time dealing with the financial crisis as they might otherwise.

12 - Avoid Wasting Time

Time is money for every successful person. They are accustomed to managing their time properly because they are aware that they have a set amount of time each day that must be utilized efficiently in order to be successful.

Instead of wasting time scrolling Facebook, watching Netflix, etc. they prefer to utilize time on things that make them more productive using time management Software like Week Plan that makes Entrepreneurs and Businesses more effective with their tasks, objectives, and goals.

13 - Maintain Daily Task Record

Getting things done on time is important to become successful, that’s why most successful people have a habit of keeping their activities in a specific journal or tools so that they can track their daily achievements. It helps them stay in touch with all of their essential tasks that are extremely necessary to get done.

14 - Start with Small Meaningful Tasks

One of the best ways to use which successful people handle all their daily tasks is that they categorize them from small to big. When they start their day and get some of their meaningful tasks done, then it provides them extra motivation and increases their self-confidence to handle other bigger and complex tasks effortlessly. In terms of high-impact tasks helps you think at a higher level of perspective.


15 - Treat Problems as Gifts

A lot of people usually give up when they encounter problems because they can’t deal with these problems. But successful people have a different story; they consider these problems as an opportunity to improve and learn lessons from these troubles to avoid them in the future.

16 - Self-Care

Successful people believe that a healthy body makes a healthy mind. They know that they can’t sacrifice their health by eating unhealthy food because it keeps them away from the road to success. They eat a well-balanced diet so that they remain fit and energetic and accomplish whatever they want.

17 - Instant Actions

Planning things and setting priorities is great, but they become useless if you don’t take appropriate action at the right time or come up with reasons for not acting on the situation. Successful people don’t take too much time making decisions as compared to other people because they know that it’s one of the key elements that help towards your success.

18 - Stay Positive

An optimistic attitude not only helps to build trust in your talents but also helps you achieve your objectives. Their success is largely due to their positive attitude, which provides them with the strength to persevere in the face of adversity.

19 - People Oriented

A good relationship with other people matters a lot to successful people because they know that real happiness in life comes with how well you behave with others.

They work a lot in increasing patience, compassion, and kindness because they understand that it will make them wonderful human beings, which is important for success.

20 - Embrace Failure and Start Again

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Successful people never live in the past because they have a different mindset. They try new things, make mistakes, and learn from them. This attitude is something that is not common among other people because they have a lot of fear of failure, which keeps them away from experimenting with new things.

21 - Ideal Daily Routine

Having a perfect daily routine is necessary for a successful life because it’s not only about creating an ideal morning plan and forgetting about the entire day.

Successful people give importance to creating an impeccable routine for the entire 24 hours by fixing their time slots and accommodating fixed time to all the tasks based on priorities.

22 - Stick to Their Routines

Creating a successful daily routine is not enough if you don’t follow it. Highly successful people not only invest time in creating these routines but also give equal importance when it comes to following these routines. They know that these routines will not only structure their lives but also save their time and make them more efficient.

23 - Risk Takers

To achieve extraordinary things in your life, it is necessary to take calculated risks because if you are too scared to try new things out, then accomplishing great things in life can just be a dream for you.

Successful people never fear taking risks because they know that it will make their life more rewarding by providing them with various opportunities.

24 - Pay Attention to Tiny Details

Paying attention to details can make things so much better in terms of accuracy, time, and quality. Many people ignore paying attention to details, which costs them time and money. But, successful people tend to pay due attention to this quality because they don’t want to repeat a single task again and again and waste their valuable time and money.

25 - Confidence in Their Abilities

Confidence is essential for having a positive mental attitude. It not only helps to improve your performance but also enables you to feel more relaxed in social settings. Successful people believe in their abilities way before they get success. This level of confidence helps them get bigger targets in life with ease.

26 - Manage Their Emotions Smartly

Mental strength plays a major role in self-improvement because it helps you to transform the challenges into opportunities so that you can enjoy great satisfaction in life. Successful people are mentally strong. They know what influence their emotions have on their behaviors and thoughts the entire day.

27 - Good Communicators

Excellent communication skill is undoubtedly a major skill if you want to get listed in the list of highly successful people. It not only helps you to understand the perspective of others but also enables you to be understood easily.

Highly successful people are well aware of the benefits of having great communication skills. They work on this skill continuously to get better with time.

28 - Self Control

Self-control has the power to improve your focus and decision-making capability. It has a huge impact on success, which successful people know very well. Most of them try to spend limited time on the things that are tempting but do not contribute positively to their success. It is because it makes the entire process of self-control stress-free for them.

29 - They Value Solitude

Solitude brings you the opportunity to discover yourself because it creates an atmosphere of deep thinking. Successful people like to spend some time in solace because they know that it will provide them a possible way to work through their problems and increase their productivity at work.

30 - Conscientious

Being conscientious can bring many positive changes to your life. It helps to get more satisfaction at work and allows you to take care of your health to live a better life.

Successful people like to be conscientious because it enables them to set and achieve goals while facing every hardest obstacle of life.

31 - Balance in Life

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Having a well-balanced life is necessary for your health and well-being in this modern world. It not only improves your mood but also helps to reduce stress. Successful people keep a perfect balance between work and life because they know that it’s necessary to take some time out from their busy life and get back with more power and energy.

32 - Deprioritize

When you create your goals, many tasks don’t add a lot to your main goal. The best way to deal with them is to deprioritize from your list, which successful people do because they know consuming time on unnecessary tasks will keep them away from attaining their goals. There are many tools out there to facilitate your requirement like Week Plan, it’s a priority planner designed to facilitate you achieve your goals ts.

33 - Always Look For Solution

Many people have a habit of making arguments and finding unnecessary reasons if they are unable to get what they want to achieve. But, the story is different with successful people. They work extremely hard to find the right solution to the problem even if it looks impossible to others.

34 - Blame Games

It’s easy to blame others for all the problems instead of taking responsibility for the outcomes. Successful people don’t get involved in the blame game because they know that it’s simply a waste of time. Rather than blaming other people, they accept their mistakes and learn a lesson from them to avoid repeating them next time in their life.

35 - Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is an excellent approach to discover new ways of dealing with things. It helps to prepare you for all the unexpected changes in your life by acquiring new skills.

Successful people believe that learning is all about growing. That’s why they spend sufficient time learning new things to become more productive.

36 - Face Bad Day with Courage

It’s impossible to have a successful day every day. You hit your targets occasionally and miss them other times. How do these missed targets matter the most, when it’s your mindset that might help you overcome huge obstacles?

Successful people don’t stop everything based on having a bad day. They believe that it’s a part of life and start things with more energy and motivation from the next day.

37 - Accept Challenges

Challenges are a part of everyone’s life, but overcoming them is normal in the life of a successful person because they know that things never remain the same as they planned. Because they accept challenges, that’s why they have all the courage to deal with unexpected situations and achieve unexpected things which other people can’t achieve.

38 - Outside Comfort Zones

Many people love to live inside their comfort zone, which lets them miss so many opportunities in life. But, successful people don’t prefer to live inside their comfort zone. They challenge themselves so that they can reach the peak of their performance and deliver their best.

39 - Money Is Not Everything

Some people believe that success is all about money. They put all their effort into finding ways to become rich, believing that it will make them a highly successful person in life. But, successful people know that only getting rich is not a success because many other things contribute to a successful life.

40 - Avoid Laziness

Laziness kills productivity. That’s why successful people never get lazy and do their best to finish things on time or even before time. But, that doesn’t mean that they don’t take any relaxation in life. They enjoy time with their friends and family but remain active and work smartly when required.

41 - Give Importance to Feedback

Feedback can be positive or negative, but how one reacts to them defines their potential for success. Successful people are open to constructive criticism because they believe that it provides them with an opportunity to improve in their life rather than other people who react quite negatively to the feedback.

42 - Don’t Look For Shortcuts

Many people look for a quick fix for success, which is not the right way because success doesn’t come overnight. It needs smart work and patience to let success knock on your door.

Successful people don’t search for shortcuts. They put in all the efforts and hard work that is required to make them successful.

43 - Start with the End in Mind

Successful people never create goals without keeping Habit 2 in mind because they believe that it’s necessary to keep the bigger picture in mind while creating goals. It provides them a clear vision regarding their destination so that they can work towards them with more motivation.

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44 - Practice What They Say

Many people have the habit of giving amazing speeches in front of others, but they don’t even listen to what they’re saying. Successful people, on the other hand, do not behave in this manner because they become role models by consistently doing things that benefit others.

45 - Maximize their Strength

One big reason that makes a person successful from others is by maximizing their strength. Instead of wasting time on unproductive activities, they concentrate on the areas in which they excel, knowing that this will help them attain success more quickly.

46 - Visualize Success

Visualization gives a person the power and courage to tackle daunting tasks as it triggers the hormones that make the process of attaining goals easier. Successful people visualize success long before getting it. It increases positive thoughts in them and helps them optimize their performance to the top.

47 - Don’t Wait for Right Time

A lot of people have a habit of waiting for the right time to act, which is simply a lame excuse because it is never a perfect time. Successful people know it very well. That’s why they don’t wait for too much and take the bold step of doing things rather than waiting for the perfect time.

48 - Make Their Own Luck

There is a common concept of good luck and bad luck among people. When things go in their favor, they consider it their good luck and when things go against them, they consider it their bad luck.

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Successful people don’t believe in the concept of good luck and bad luck. They create their luck by putting in all the hard work.

49 - They Show More Humility

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Humility is one thing that is quite common around successful people. They accept their mistakes easily and happily because they have the courage to correct them without making arguments. They don’t have issues learning from others because they believe that it helps them become more successful in life.

50 - They Never Complain

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When things go out of hand, people normally start complaining instead of finding the solution. Successful people know that complaining is all about wasting their time and energy. Rather than wasting time complaining, they work on getting the solution to their problem.


One thing that is evident about success is that it is not a familial trait or something that is only dependent on a person’s good fortune. It is possible to achieve this if we adopt the appropriate behaviors. So, starting now, start practicing these successful people’s behaviors and take the first step toward a successful life.

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