9 Easy to Steal Habits of the Super Successful

9 Easy to Steal Habits of the Super Successful

  1. Get up insanely early
  2. Keep promises no matter how small
  3. Learn how to tell stories
  4. Lead don’t dictate
  5. Don’t be afraid of or embarrassed by your failures
  6. Ask questions, a lot of them
  7. Be honest with yourself and others
  8. Take breaks
  9. Take notes and stay organized

As I was going through my ridiculously backed up inbox,  I came across a link for this article from Fast Company Daily. This summer I have been feeling pretty unsuccessful so I thought it was the perfect thing to share with my readers.

It is not that any of the items on the list are so amazingly new but together I think these 9 habits really do lead to a more successful person. I have decided to get started with the list right away by being honest with myself and others. I am going to share with you my own personal thoughts on the list and how I think that I need to improve upon these different qualities in order to be a MORE SUCCESSFUL ME:

  1. Get up insanely early: something I have really struggled with this summer, I get up early to work out but then often find myself wanting a nap as soon as I get home, rather than letting myself head straight for the bed I should make sure to keep my entire morning scheduled— even if all I have to do is online course work
  2. Keep promises no matter how small: I have never struggled with keeping promises to others but rather with keeping promises I make to myself,  I have found that by telling others my promises to myself I am able to hold myself accountable. For example this summer I promised to lose weight, but as this is something I have struggled with time and again I decided to share that promise with my mother which in turn has held me accountable ( I am happy to report that I have lost 8.5lbs so far!!)
  3. Learn how to tell stories: my mother would warn you that I love to talk, especially at the dinner table, but often my stories don’t really go anywhere because I just get too excited to think straight, this is definitely a skill I need to continue to hone
  4. Lead don’t dictate: I would have to say that this is by far my favorite habit on the list! I am very passionate about how to be a good leader and like to think, as Sheryl Sandberg says that as a young child I was not bossy, but rather had executive tendencies 🙂 Through my own leadership experiences I have found that the best way to lead is by motivating others to do the work themselves rather than telling them what to do.
  5. Don’t be afraid of or embarrassed by your failures
  6. Ask questions, a lot of them: This is one that I learned very well during my time interning in DC. Our supervisor suggested that we  invite people in the office to coffee in order to get to know them. I took this suggestion to heart and made it my personal goal to have an information interview with at least 75% of the staff. During these coffee dates I asked every question imaginable. I found this time the most educational and I am now a major supporter of coffee dating because I think there is no question too big or small.
  7. Be honest with yourself and others:
  8. Take breaks: this is something I definitely struggle with. I have found, at least during my time in college that I am either extremely busy or completely bored (Que the quote “Only boring people are boring”) Maybe this is a problem with scheduling maybe it is just the realities of college but it seems that my life is on a constant roller coaster in regards to my schedule. Luckily I just ordered a very expensive life planner from Erin Condren and I am looking forward to better scheduling my life back at school.
  9. Take notes and stay organized: I will point you back to what I said above. I usually live by my planner but when I finally got an iPhone I started putting everything in my iCalendar. I have begun to realize that when it comes to scheduling I am more of a pen and paper gal. My recommendation for others would be to figure out what works best for you because making a schedule is KEY to all the other 8 habits.
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