“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

As professional speaker Brian Tracy has said: “Successful people are simply those with successful habits”. The wealthiest of the bunch tend to carry the same daily habits – and we see the results when we check on their net worth. Many do not know this, but the habits that are done on a daily basis have more to do with an individual’s success than the ideas that he or she has. Many of the wealthy stick around each other for this exact reason. Spending time with people who have blatant habits that oppose their own progressive habits is detrimental so they stay away from them like the plague. Here are 3 ways that you can increase the likelihood of you succeeding in life, whatever your endeavors may be.

Wake Up Early 

Richard Branson, Tim Cook, and Barack Obama are known to be early birds. How has this attributed to their success? Because early risers are able to start their days ahead of everyone else by responding to others, exercising and finding some personal time, early risers also tend to be happier and are more proactive. When you wake up early, you are capable of getting more done than others who wake up at noon or later. Once you are passionate about your goals, you will immediately realize how valuable your time is. As you probably know already, those who are lost in terms of who they are and who they want to be tend to be wasteful of their time. They would prefer to go clubbing every night rather than reading every night. The result of that is found in how long they are stuck in their dead-end job getting paid just enough to get by.

Avoid Negativity At All Costs 

The second way to increase your future success is to avoid negativity at all costs. I am not referring to avoiding constructive criticism. I am talking about listening to people who complain about their lives and how they were thrown into the economic position that they are in. These people have no motivation for life. Sometimes tragedy causes this, but there are plenty of people who are just negative because they can be. These people will hang around even more negative people. When you think about it, poor people hate the fact that wealthy people stick around other wealthy people, yet poor people prefer to hang around other poor people themselves. There are many reasons to these people’s hate and negativity but at the end of the day, people are in the positions that they are in because of the choices they have made day to day (back to the importance of daily habits).

Read and Listen To Podcasts Daily

Finally, reading and listening to podcasts is probably one of the most important out of the three I have provided. Educating yourself (when you will not be graded for it) is crucial to your success. According to Thomas Corley, 67 percent of rich people only watch TV for one hour or less per day. Corley also found only 6 percent of the wealthy watch reality shows, while 78 percent of the poor do.

Additionally, 86 percent of the wealthy love to read with an impressive 88 percent claiming that they read for self-improvement for 30 minutes or more per day. Listening to podcasts are also advantageous, especially for those who commute to work or have daily schedules. Stay away from fictional novels and podcasts. They don’t provide anything to you. Your eyes and ears are precious. Therefore, you have to treat them with care and ensure that what goes through them are of golden quality only.

Habits are either detrimental or beneficial to your well-being. By analyzing what you do daily, if you are honest with yourself, you can figure out whether or not your actions will result in you achieving your goals or if they will prevent you from doing so. There are plenty of individuals that you can mirror. So many billionaires and millionaires attribute their habits to their success. If they can do it, so can you. If you are interested in discovering a plethora of habits that will get you in the direction of success, check out my ebook on Amazon.

Until next time, Live Long and Prosperous.