10 things successful people do differently

Ever wondered why some people are successful and others are not?
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Success is defined in many ways, but ultimately, it’s measured by how much money you make. Because let’s face it, if you’re successful, you will have money – a lot of it. So why are some people successful and others not? Simple: They do what ordinary people don’t.
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They remain focused: According to workplace expert Lynn Taylor, successful people don’t dwell on frivolous matters. They “compartmentalise by putting them in a separate 'box,'” she says. If you’re constantly thinking about things irrelevant to your path to success, you’ll have less time to BE successful.
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They believe in themselves: Have you ever met an insecure millionaire? Neither have we. Success and low self-esteem don’t come hand-in-hand. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should others believe in you?
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They turn their hobbies into a business: Do you think Bill Gates started Microsoft because he hated computers? Or that Gordon Ramsay started cooking because he didn’t enjoy it? Successful people do what they love – you should too.
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They manage their time: “I don’t have time for that” is an ordinary person’s favourite excuse. Successful people are busy, busy, busy, but they have enough time because - roll the drums - they use it wisely.
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They train their “willpower” muscle: if success were easy there would be more Donald Trumps running around – but that’s not the case (thankfully so when you think of the latter). Jokes aside, successful people practice willpower and self-control to overcome challenges that come with the territory, because what’s more challenging than becoming a millionaire and not spending all that money in a week?
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They push themselves to do more: There’s a saying that goes something like this: “the wealthy can’t get off the treadmill.” It’s used to describe rich people who always want more money, more power, and more success - so much so that they feel like they’re always on a treadmill. But here’s the thing about treadmills - they only make you stronger (and you can always control the pace).
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They learn something new every day: Warren Buffett once said that it’s good to learn from your mistakes, but it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes. If the world’s third richest man has something to learn, so do you.
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They keep up with their progress: Why do beauty centres have before and after pictures of cosmetic procedures? So they can track progress. How else will you know if something is working and how well it’s working? Keep your eyes on the prize – but don’t forget to look back at your progress.
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They’re optimistic: Let’s face it, nobody ever got rich by sulking about not being rich. Buffett, who is worth over $66 billion, said he always knew he was going to be rich. “I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute,” he said.
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They live and breathe work: You can’t have a million dollars if you’re not willing to work for it – unless you’re Kim Kardashian. The point is, don’t waste your time dreaming about success, work for it instead.
Thu 10 Sep 2015 09:57 AM GST