How to be successful in life

Last Update: September 30, 2014

Good morning everyone. I started thinking about being successful and I began doing a research on what success is. During my research I stumbled upon something very interesting and I thought " why not share this with my WA family"

1.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 others?
  • How do you want to make your community a better place?
  • What are your subjects of interest?

2.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 goals.

  • 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.

3.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 enjoyable.

4.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.

5.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 difficulties.
  • Rather than comparing yourself with people who are "better off" than you, think about all of the people who are homeless, chronically ill, or living in poverty. This will help you appreciate what you have rather than feeling sorry for yourself.

Hope we can all learn from these few tips.

Enjoy the rest of your day!!

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Ekings Premium
Great post Emily, They say if the WHY is not strong enough then the zeal and determination to hit those goals will fade away especially when challenges show up...
emilyku Premium
Very true.
Wishyu Premium
Thank you so much ! W
emilyku Premium
You're welcome!!
cookma54 Premium
Really nice Life Lesson! M
kholmes Premium
Great post Emily. Thank you for sharing. Kim:))
emilyku Premium
You're welcome Kimberly!!
CarlaIves Premium
Thanks, Emily! Good post! I think the last one is very important. Everything happens in a different time frame for everyone. We can't compare ourselves to ANYONE. I like to say, the only person I'm competing with is the me I was yesterday.
emilyku Premium
I'm guilty on that one too!! I compare myself with other people which is not good.
emilyku Premium
You welcome!! I think we all need to get past "the past"
emilyku Premium
We all need to focus on the future and try to forget about yesterday