Ever since I graduated college, I realized that it was really important to learn from successful people, things like their habits, goals, and philosophies, because these are keys to your own success. So much of what makes a person successful, or not, has to do with their thought process. While most of these people have their own businesses, not everyone successful is necessarily self-employed. But there are a lot of traits these people have in common.

  • Positive Outlook on Life
  • Doesn’t let bad things knock them down
  • They don’t spend a lot of time watching TV
  • They don’t waste their time partying or doing anything that doesn’t contribute to success
  • They set goals, and never stop pursuing them.
  • Never being complacent, they set new goals
  • They don’t waste time being depressed, or waste time/energy on things that hold them back


While there is a longer list, these are the most common ones that they do differently than non-successful people.

It’s so easy to get lost in negativity when bad things happen, and oftentimes it’s our first reaction to just sit there and wallow in self pity. It’s such a waste of time to do that, and you could be spending that time working towards your goals instead of feeling sorry for yourself.

Did I mention goalsetting? Never lose sight of that. Anything that doesn’t help you reach your goals, is a total waste of time. Does going out late at night partying help you reach your sales goals? Unless you’re going there to network with people you’re aiming to sell to, that’s going to be pointless, no matter how good it might make you feel.

Back to positivity, when something bad happens, look for the good in it. Lost job, or new opportunities? Your significant other just left you, so now you’re single. Bad thing, or are you now free to go do other things? The list goes on.

The point is, don’t waste your time feeling sorry for yourself, the answer isn’t going to just find you by accident. You have to be looking for it, the answer to how to reach your next goal.

I’ve been there myself, and you really have to break that cycle in order to achieve more than you have the day before.