How to Be Successful in Life

Regardless of how old you are, where you live,
or what your career goals are, everybody’s
ultimate goal in life is to be happy and
successful. Read this article to learn how to
achieve success in both your external life (i.e.
your circumstances) and internal life (i.e.
emotional well being).

Identify your passions:
Before you can
achieve success, you will have to define
what success means to you. While it may
take years to realize what you want to do
with your life, identifying your passions,
interests, and values will help you set goals
and give your life a sense of meaning.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What do you want your legacy to be?
How would you like to be remembered by
How do you want to make your community
a better place?
What are your subjects of interest?

Make a list of your goals, and what you
might do to achieve them . Be sure to
address both short-term and long-term
goals; try to think beyond financial/career

Consider which subjects you enjoyed
studying in school, and why.
This can help give you an idea of what you may be best
at or more interested in.
Live purposefully. In order to achieve your
dreams and be the person you want to be.
You will have to start paying attention to
your actions.
Ask yourself,
is what I’m doing going to lead me to where I want to
be in life?

If you find yourself constantly bored,
daydreaming about the future or past or
counting down the minutes until the day
ends, it is probably because you feel
disconnected from what you’re doing.
Consider changing careers or majors to a
field that you care about but remember
that it could mean changes you are not
thinking of. Does that job pay enough to
support yourself? Is it something you
might get bored of eventually? Do I
really want to commit to that job?
Cherish your time. Try to spend your
free time doing things that you enjoy
doing, rather than wasting time. For
example, rather than spending your
weekends watching television, spend
them partaking in your hobbies or
spending time with loved ones.
Remember that the concept of “wasted
time” is relative. Not everything you do
has to be productive in the conventional
sense, but it should be engaging and

Be educated.
Education gives you the
knowledge, skills, and credibility to
achieve your maximum potential. In terms
of financial success, statistics have shown
that the more education you have (i.e. the
higher degree you achieve), the more
money you are likely to make.
Not all education has to be formal.
Apprenticeships and long-term training
programs are also positively correlated
with higher incomes.

Manage your finances.
Learning how to manage your money will help ensure your
financial stability over time, regardless of
your income.

Keep track of your expenses.
Review your bank statements often and notice
where you spend your money. If you do
your banking online, be sure to keep
personal records as well. This will help
you prevent over-spending and ensure
that your bank statements are correct.

Understand your income.
When calculating your income, be sure to take
into account the federal, state, and social
security taxes that will be deducted from
your gross pay. The resulting number is
your net pay, which is what you end up
taking home with you.

Prioritize spending.
Your first priority should be spending money on basic
necessities like food, shelter, and
clothing. Don’t spend money on luxuries
like expensive clothes, cars, or vacations
until you have first satisfied your basic
necessities. Be honest with yourself and
differentiate between your basic needs
and your luxuries.

Save money.
Every month, you should deposit some of your money into a
savings account. Consider asking your
employer to directly deposit a portion of
your income into your savings account.

Manage your time.
Putting off important tasks until the last minute can cause you
unnecessary stress, and increases the
likelihood of errors. Manage your time so
that you have enough time to complete a
task effectively.
Use a paper or electronic planner to help
keep you organized throughout the day,
week, and month.
Make a list of all the things you need to
do in a given day, and check off each
task as you complete it. This will help you
stay organized and motivated.

Achieve Internal Success
Enjoy the present moment. If you are
constantly dwelling on the past or
daydreaming about the future, you are
missing out on the present moment.
Remember that the past and the future are
simply illusions, and that real life takes
place here and now.
Start paying attention to negative
thoughts so that you can learn to silence
them and enjoy the present moment. If a
negative thought arises in your head,
then acknowledge it, label it a negative
thought, and then let it fade away.

Don’t compare your own life to other
peoples’ lives . Unfortunately, many people
measure their own success by comparing it
to the success of those around them. If
you want to feel accomplished and happy,
you will have to stop comparing your life to
other peoples’ lives.
Many people have the tendency to
compare the low points of their own lives
with the high points of other peoples’
lives. Remember that no matter how
perfect somebody’s life may seem,
behind closed doors everybody deals
with tragedy, insecurity, and other

Count your blessings.
No matter how much
you achieve in life, you will always feel
unhappy if you constantly focus on what
you don’t have. Instead, devote time every
day to appreciating the things you do have.
Think beyond material items; appreciate
your loved ones, and remember happy

Look after your health.
A healthy body
supports a healthy mind. Eat a balanced
diet and ensure that you aren’t lacking in
any necessary nutrients. Establish the
cause of any problems you may experience,
such as a lack of energy or a lack of
concentration and deal with them by
discussing with a doctor, nutritionist and
related health professionals. Get plenty of
exercise too but align it with what you love
to do rather than what you feel you have
to do but dislike.

Keep yourself inspired by anything that
inspires you: music, photography, fashion etc.
Nothing else ignites a flame in you but a great
source of inspiration.

Having positive role models in your life can. |
help keep you motivated and lead you in the. |
right direction. Your role model may or may. |
not be somebody you know personally.
Learn about your role model’s life story and try to
Adopt his/her work ethics.

Enjoy the rest of the MONTH @Babbs(_) Oluwasimisola(_)


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