Even the most cursory research into the habits of very successful people reveals that they are a group of people who have a set of personal rules to guide their success. Although there are no guaranteed routes to success, adopting some of these rules may increase the odds of our becoming successful, too. Below are seven examples of ‘mantras’ which highly successful people, from the Oracle of Omaha (Warren Buffet) to Richard Branson, profess to live by.
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1. Do the right thing
Success forged on the back of wrongdoing is never sustained. Multibillionaire Warren Buffet once said: “Never do anything in life if you would be ashamed of seeing it printed on the front page of your hometown newspapers for your family and friends to see.” Along the same theme, consider this: it can take a lifetime to build a reputation, but a reputation can be lost in an instant.
2. Eliminate distractions
Emmy Award-winning producer Paula Rizzo (she’s also the senior producer on Fox News Health) only takes phone calls that she is expecting. This, she says, is the key to avoiding distractions and remaining focused on work. Whatever the source of your distraction at work, be ruthless about eliminating it.
3. Take the right risks
Although successful entrepreneurs such as Warren Buffet are known for taking big risks, they take calculated risks. Buffet once cited the African proverb: “Never test the depth of the river with both feet”. In other words, don’t risk everything if you don’t know what you’re doing.
4. Run your race
You are your own competition. Successful people know that constant comparisons with others are a fruitless exercise, no more than a distraction. Bill Gates takes this even further: he has said that to compare yourself with others is to insult yourself. We are unique because we bring a set of skills, talents and characteristics that are unique to us. We will be successful because of who we are and how we use our talents.
5. Make yourself redundant
Successful people know that in order to go to ’the next level’, they must leave the level they are currently on so that they can, as Richard Branson does, focus on the bigger picture. And to do that, they must make themselves redundant. This, in effect, is the essence of success.
6. Push the envelope
Extremely successful sportsmen such as Rafael Nadal, Michael Phelps, Lewis Hamilton and Cristiano Ronaldo have one thing in common: they ’push the envelope’, meaning that they challenge themselves to achieve ever greater things. This behaviour isn’t limited to sportspersons, though: highly successful entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Seth Godin (“Go ahead, do something impossible”), and Jeff Bezos all do the same. They set themselves impossibly high standards. They are seldom satisfied with past achievements and for that we respect them even more.
7. Earn your ‘seat at the table’
Successful people want to reach their potential. They want to leave a legacy, to make a positive impact on the world. If you use your mind and talents well, nothing can stop you from taking your place amongst the great and the good: earning your seat at the table.
Which of these rules appeal to you? Do you have any ‘success rules’ that you live by? Add any to the comments box below!