How To Be Successful

How To Be Successful

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Everyone wants to be successful. Yes, I said it. I don’t know of many people who can say that their goal is not to be successful. Being successful doesn’t mean that everything is about how much money you make.

Being successful means that you have reached a big goal of yours. Maybe success is obtaining your dream position at your favorite company.

Maybe it’s starting your own business. Maybe it’s have a family or buying your own home. It can mean anything, and you are the person to determine what success means to you.

How can you become successful?

Determine your goal.

What is your goal? In order for you to consider yourself successful, I’m going to assume that you have some sort of goal and you then (of course) reached it.

Your goal can be anything. You determine that. What do you consider success to be?

Figure out how you can reach your goal.

Your goal may mean that you will have to work 70 hour weeks and raise a family. You might have to work two jobs. Whatever your goal is, you will most likely have to work hard. I don’t think many successful people will ever say that they didn’t have to work hard in order to be a success.

Make mini goals.

If you are like me, then you may need mini goals.  These can help keep you motivated. For example, if you are trying to be student loan debt free within 5 years, you might set mini goals for each year until you reach your ultimate goal.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

When trying to reach a goal, you may fail. Most people don’t become a success with absolutely no bumps along their journey.

Your plan may not go exactly as you plan. Suck it up and find a way around it.

Find a role model.

I think finding a role model is very important. You can find someone who has done what you are trying to do and hopefully learn from their mistakes.

Believe in yourself.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Being positive about yourself and what you can achieve is very important. If you don’t believe in yourself, then it’s very hard for anything to actually happen.

What are you doing to be successful? What is success to you?


This post was originally published in December of 2013 but it’s one that I think everyone needs to read every now and then. I hope you enjoyed it! 


How To Be Successful — 44 Comments

  1. Setting goals is a great thing to do. And also working consistently towards them. If you’re not willing to put in the work and do it for a long time, no plan will succeed.

  2. I love the point about finding a role model. But I also struggle with that one.

    I want to eventually start my own business but since my colleagues at work don’t share that dream and none of my friends have done it successfully over a long period, I don’t have a good role model. I have aspiration role models from what I read about Richard Branson, Bill Gates, etc, but it would be nice to have a real person.

    Do you have any advice for finding mentors?

    • I would look to see if there are any forums for the type of business that you want. You may be able to find an idea of where to find mentors on there.

      If you are looking to blog or have an online business, I think Bloggers Helping Bloggers is great for finding a mentor 🙂

  3. Gosh I needed this. Thank you. I have finally decided to get serious about blogging(bc I’m inspired by you:) and my readership is all over the place. Somedays I get tons of comments and others hardly any. I’ve been discouraged, but realized I need to push through and keep putting out content.

  4. Thanks for these tips Michelle. I am a long time reader and recently started a blog because I think I have something to share, and because you give such great tips I decided to follow them.
    I really don’t know what success looks like for me yet. I think it means publishing good and quality content.

  5. People think that success just happens to the few who get lucky, but the truth is that most successful people didn’t luck their way to the top. Most of them worked hard and toiled away in obscurity before they became an “overnight” success.

  6. Goals and prioritizing are very important. As you said, setting mini-goals to reach your big goal is key, this way you’re not intimidated by it. I also think learning from someone with a lot of experience is a great way to get inside information and knowledge.

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  8. I like Earl Nightingale’s definition: “success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” ‘Progressive’ indicating that you have to start at some point, and move on an upwards. ‘A worthy ideal’ referring to that one goal that is worth dedicating your time and effort to.

  9. I’d add that writing down a plan of action with concrete steps can keep one focused when focus is the last thing we seem capable of doing.

    I typically only succeed when I have a plan of attack. I follow the steps and actions I lay out and at the end I have accomplished, at the least, something.

    If I am ever struggling to take action, I simply write down a page worth of notes, thoughts, and actions and I can usually get on track towards some success which leads to more success.

    Great piece today!

    The Warrior

  10. Not being afraid to fail is a huge sticking point for most people. A lot of us are held back from success because fear of failure keeps us from even starting something. It wasn’t until I thew caution to the wind a few times that I started reaching some of my larger goals.

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  18. You need people around you that are smarter and will push you. I train with the best in hopes of becoming the best. If you hang out with 9 millionaires, chances are that you’ll become the 10th!

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