Top 5 Habits of Successful People

Top 5 Habits of Successful People

Inspired by an infographic created by social media marketing company NowSourcing, I decided to conduct some research into the habits of successful people. Whilst this infographic is based on Thomas C. Cortey’s study of the habits of wealthy versus poor people, I would like to examine the habits of ‘successful’ people, rather than basing it completely on the wealth of a person.  Of course, I understand that each reader will have a different idea as to what they consider ‘successful’, but for the purpose of this article, we are primarily referring to people who have been successful in their career.  Otherwise said they have worked hard over a period of time to become experts in their field and have contributed greatly to their organisations.  Below are the top five habits of successful people that I have collated after my research:

1.    Don’t set out to be rich

Forbes Magazine suggests that the most successful entrepreneurs do not set monetary gain as their number one priority; it just becomes a welcomed outcome.  Success should not be defined in terms of a dollar value, but rather in relation to your happiness. The reason why this should not be a focus is because of how it influences your business choices; someone with a sole priority of profit is more likely to take shortcuts in their work, and focus less on making informed decisions.


2.    Maintain a routine

Thomas C. Cortey’s research found that 81% of wealthy people maintain a to-do list, in comparison to only 9% of poor people. The study also indicated that 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days per week, compared to only 23% of poor people. Maintaining a routine which comprises of setting tasks, a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise is extremely important to your success. It is a well-known fact that eating well and exercising regularly also contributes to increased productivity, which can put you on the track to success in your career.



3.    Set goals

In his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, Stephen R Covey encourages readers to develop a personal mission statement which includes setting goals. In focusing on accomplishing a specific goal, you are more likely to be motivated and display a better work ethic. Again, the habit of setting goals is displayed by 80% of wealthy people and only 12% of poor people in Cortey’s study.



4.    Turn difficulties into opportunities

Winston Churchill once said ‘The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty’. Paul Hudson from Elite Daily adds that successful people ‘see challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow as individuals’.  If we aren’t challenged in life, then we are never able to see the world from a different perspective.



5.    Welcome feedback

To be successful, you must be willing to receive feedback and be open to changing your processes.  Hudson also suggests that successful people are open-minded and accept that there is always another way to do it. It is important to understand that your way of doing something may not always be the best process, and working collaboratively with others can be very beneficial for you.

Do you have any other habits of successful people that I could add to the list? I welcome your thoughts in the comment box below!

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: Rich Habits; Stephen Covey; Forbes Magazine; Elite Daily and ShutterStock Images.


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