Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Angela Vaz

Everyone wants to be successful.

Whether it comes to relationships, finances, career, personal goals, people usually want to speed up their progress and see the finish line way ahead of time.

But if success were that easy, everyone would be successful.

Success takes a lot of grit, consistency, and faith in yourself.

And most people achieve success very late in life because they have learned a lot of life lessons, and their wisdom propels their growth.

It is hard work, but the rewards are worth it.

Successful people have a few things in common. There are a few habits they perform daily that help them achieve whatever they put their mind to.

And there is so much we can learn from them if we want to be successful.

In this post, I will discuss a few things that successful people do every day that make them who they are.

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What is success?

What exactly is success?

We all have different definitions of success.

But what exactly is success?

What causes us to label certain people as successful? And is success really something that we find difficult to attain?

Success can be in any field.

A person can have a promising career, and that can be labeled as success.

A person can have a good relationship, and that also can be labeled as success.

The definition of success varies based on the person and the type of goal they want to attain.

No matter what you want to do, there are a couple of habits that successful people have in common, and this is what I’m going to get into now.

What is the one thing that successful people do?

Before I start covering the habits of successful people, I want to discuss the one thing that helps them stand out from the crowd and be so darn inspirational.

Successful people are consistent.

They know that nothing great can be achieved in a day and are willing to go the distance to make their dreams come true.

Among all the qualities that they possess, this particular trait moves the needle most intensely.

17 things successful people do every day

1. They wake up early

successful people wake up really early

This is a beautiful habit to adopt in your daily routine because waking up early gives you so much clarity and much-needed focus.

Your entire day will be productive if you have a good morning routine.

From 7:00 am I shifted to waking up at 4:30 am, and I have been so happy with the results that I have stuck to it permanently.

Especially if you live with people or have a busy schedule, waking up early can really give you that much-needed quiet time to focus on things that are important to you.

Try waking up early and notice the change in how you feel.

Take some time for yourself and carve out a particular morning routine so that you feel energized throughout the day!

2. They understand goal setting

They know how to set goals that are achievable.

They understand their skill set and know what it takes to reach those goals. And they break down those goals into bite-sized mini-goals so that it is attainable.

They don’t wander aimlessly in life.

Successful people are incredibly driven and know what they want in life to be happy.

3. They know how to prioritize

Being successful means knowing you can’t do everything you want daily with 100% efficiency.

It’s about understanding what is important to you and then prioritizing those tasks every day to remain consistent with your goals.

They don’t shy away from responsibilities and finish their most important tasks at the beginning of the day to maximize productivity.

4. They are consistent

Successful people know that the only way ever to reach a goal or become successful is to be consistent with their daily tasks.

They are extremely logical and wise and know how much effort it will take to reach their goals.

They believe in becoming 1 percent better at something every day and understand that it will take time to reach their goals.

They are in no hurry and only believe in showing up every day because they know they’re going to see results no matter what.

5. They know breaks are necessary

Successful people take breaks because they know they can't operate 24/7.

It is impossible to hustle hard every single day and stay sane.

Let’s admit it; the hustle culture isn’t very practical.

We’re human at the end of the day and need breaks to recharge and recuperate.

Working 14 hours a day, seven days a week, isn’t going to take you very far, and you will burn out before you know it.

No matter what you’re pursuing in your life, remember to take breaks. Take a day off every week, and don’t work continuously on something.

Some time away from the task at hand will help you see things more clearly and allow your mind and body to recharge.

Have a healthy mix of personal, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual goals so that your life is complete.

When you’ve been working the whole week, remember taking a break and doing something light to recharge your mind.

Go out with a friend or coffee, or catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read for a while.

6. They don’t shy away from failures

Successful people are always ahead of the curve.

They know that they need to take some amount of risk and try new things to achieve their goals.

They don’t shy away from learning and so have many failures.

This doesn’t deter them in any way, though.

It doesn’t discourage them, and they don’t quit after a few failures. They also never take losses personally.

They understand that failure is an essential part of growth.

It only helps them grow faster and makes them more determined to achieve their goals.

7. They surround themselves with positive influences

They don’t engage in gossip or negative banter.

They find it pointless and distracting.

Successful people mind their own business mostly and only surround themselves with positive influences.

They know that they need to feed their brains with positivity, kindness, and love to showcase the same.

So, they stay away from toxic habits and people.

They also rarely get affected by what people say. They don’t really care if people talk negatively about them or try to bring them down.

They focus on their own goals and tasks. They believe in themselves, and they know what they’re made of.

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8. They know when to say no

Successful people know that their energy and time are precious resources and are very careful with where and how they distribute them.

They don’t hesitate to say no to energy vampires or tasks that won’t lead them anywhere. They understand that this is a critical step to achieving maximum productivity.

Saying no to the wrong things is very important if you want to be genuinely successful and attain the goals that are so valuable to you.

If something is isn’t serving you, don’t be afraid to say no.

Say no to the things you don’t want to do, means saying hell yes to the things you want to do.

Successful people are very mindful of their time. Incorporating particular habits in your life will help you become happier and so much more productive.

9. They make a plan and stick to it

Successful people know exactly what they want in life.

They don’t lose sight of their goals, and they wake up with the sole motive of achieving that goal.

They love making plans for the future, and once they make a plan, they stick to it.

10. They are emotionally intelligent

Successful people are emotionally intelligent

Successful people know how to talk to people, and they read people very well.

Because they spend a lot of time around inspirational and positive resources, they know how to detect energy vampires from afar.

They rarely get involved in drama and do their best to stay away from it.

They have perfect control of their emotions and rarely get sucked into the tedious emotions that overrule most people’s lives.

They understand that there is a time and place for everything and know how to deal with their emotions.

They constantly nurture their emotional health by:

  • Journaling
  • Talking to close friends and relatives
  • Meditating
  • Practicing mindfulness and love

These are practices that anyone can pick up, and doing so will only help make your life so much better.

11. They monitor their progress

Successful people understand that they have to analyze their progress weekly and monthly to see how they’re fairing and what improvements can be made.

They take criticism very well and know that it is essential to grow faster and become better.

After analyzing what is wrong or right, they tweak their plan and re-evaluate their goals while making minor adjustments to achieve them and succeed.

12. Their health is a huge priority

Successful people take care of their health

Successful people know that they cannot reach success unless they take care of themselves.

They do not stress as much.

And apart from looking after their physical health, they make sure that they’re nurturing their emotional and mental health as well.

They make the time to strengthen the core areas of their lives to perform to the best of their abilities.

If you want to be successful, keep track of your emotional, physical and mental health and take the time to understand how you can grow in these areas.

Take the time to eat and exercise the right way in order to be physically active and mentally stimulated so that you can be your best self.

13. They know their highs and lows

Successful people understand that they cannot be productive all the time and know exactly when they’re at their best.

They work hard at those times and wind down during their not-so-peak hours. They aren’t afraid to take breaks when they need them.

To get to where you want to be in life, you need to take the time to learn who you are and accept yourself for who you are.

14. They don’t try to be anyone else

Everyone is unique and has their strengths.

Successful people know this, and they are proud to be who they are.

Sure, they draw inspiration from others, but they will never try to be someone else.

They embrace themselves for their strengths and their flaws and are themselves no matter what.

Their confidence illuminates in every single thing they do, and this is what inspires the people around them to become successful too!

15. They see the light in everything

Nobody has an easy life.

Everyone has their share of troubles and heartaches.

Successful people know this all too well and understand that life comes with its own set of challenges.

They do not question why something is happening to them but focus on getting through with it and the takeaway alone.

We can all learn from this because seeing the silver lining in a difficult situation isn’t easy.

Successful people know that the only way forward is to adapt and be positive constantly.

That’s what they excel at, and this is why you will rarely find successful people moping.

They have an excellent “can do” attitude, and they rarely let their failures overwhelm them.

16. They live in the moment

Successful people know for a fact that they should not live in the past or dwell on the future.

They understand that it is futile, and they embrace the present and live in the moment.

And this is why they are pleased and content with life.

17. They delegate

Successful people know their strengths and aren’t afraid to admit when they can’t do something.

Instead, they’d focus on tasks that they know they’re good at and have the rest taken care of by other people.

They don’t shy away from delegating, which is mostly why they can achieve so much in life.


Being successful is not a 1-day deal.

It takes a lot of practice and adjusting your daily routine and habits to see success in any walk of life.

I hope that this post inspired you to become a better version of yourself!

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Angela is a 30 year old Illustrator and Blogger living with her 2 adorable labradors in Bangalore, India. She has a degree in Psychology and Human Relationships from the University of Toronto. When she's not writing her heart out or drawing, you'll find her sipping chai and reading non-fiction books.

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