Success don’t just happen. It’s easy to look at most big corporations or superstars today and imagine how good they’re enjoying life and living their dreams after achieving success in their field.
However, success isn’t something that just comes knocking on the door of everyone who speaks it’s name. To be successful, one must be willing to work hard and forego temporary distractions and pleasure until success is achieved. Remember, the brain finds it hard to multitask. So, you have to choose which is more important to you.
Below are the 5 things all successful individuals have in common.
1) They worked on their emotional health.
Emotional intelligence is a very high valuable skill. Till today, it is still one of the most sought after skills most top corporations requires from applicants. The reason is not far-fetched.
As an individual, you have to work on your emotions and how you react to things. According to psychologists, how we react to any information plays a direct role in how we see the world. Ability to curtail and control emotions is one of the key means of maintaining a good emotional health.
You are going to meet a lot of people, and they will bring out different types of emotions from you. How you react to them will play a crucial role in your journey to be successful and after you become successful..
2) Got rid of unproductive friends.
Don’t get me wrong though. When you really look at it, there is no unproductive friend. We are mostly friends with people because they benefit us in one way or the other.
However, the unproductive friends in this reference are friends who are not trying to be economically and financially progressive. In other words, this friends are not helping your life and are not bothered about the future. They may also include the friends you criticize and blame the government with.
Avoid them if they are not adding any meaning to your life nor your career. Remember that the people around you reflect who you are. As someone who wants to be successful in life, it is your duty to not respond to every call to drink some beer or smoke marijuana with friends.
Your friends are an investment in itself. You might as well invest it wisely.
3) Never Stopped Reading.
It doesn’t matter if they were out of school, they continue to read. If you don’t read, you remain static and eventually turn overly conservative.
Reading helps keep the mind informed and fresh. It also helps the mind build on its analytic and critical thinking skills. When you are reading, you are seeing into the mind of someone who has a better grasp of the subject matter than you do. Sometimes too, it may not be because the writer has a better grasp of the subject matter. It may also be to see things from a different perspective. There are millions of reasons of what someone can be reading for.
It’s easy to get lost in the big media and entertainment industry. One should never forget the purpose of the entertainment industry is to entertain. Therefore, caution should be exercised. Reading should never be replaced with TV. If you cannot separate the two, moderation is advised.
However, every successful person never stopped reading, even when they had need to. Reading forces you to use your critical thinking ability to interpret and interact with what you are reading. Here is a funny reality though; if you don’t read, you become saddled with old knowledge over time and may find it hard to improve on it. Remember that new knowledge is passed accross every minute of the day. The only way you can get it is by reading. Smart people never stop reading.
4. They never allowed their hobbies to fade away.
Everyone have things outside of work and school which they love and engage in to pass time and have fun. However, when life starts happening, there may be a tendency to drop it in other to accommodate the new life schedule. However, don’t fall into this trap.
Hobbies exist to help us not think ourselves to death. It’s there to help us free our mind and enjoy life to the fullest. Eventually, they’re the things that give us huge experiences and stories to talk about. Never allow your hobbies to die.
Remembering the hobby waiting for you may motivate you to finish that boring task quickly so that you can go and enjoy yourself. Hobbies are also used as personal bribes to get tasks completed on time. Apart from that, the fun alone is something else.
5) They invested in something.
You cannot be a successful person if you don’t invest your time or money into something that will yield revenue in the long run.
Quick and immediate gratifications is usually the last thing on the mind of someone who wants to be successful. Most successful people observe their strengths, draw a plan in line with their strength and pursue the plan to its maximum conclusion. It doesn’t matter if the plan fails. They will try again and again until they get it right.
The law of compounding effect comes true again here. Investing your time to acquire an education may look hard and the duration may seem long in the beginning. However, with time, it eventually becomes time well spent when it starts yielding fruitful dividends upon its application.
All successful individuals invested their time to acquire an education, invest in properties or to build something. None of the above takes a small time to accomplish. But, the long term prospect always make the journey worth it.