November 27, 2020

Danford School

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13 Unique Ways to an Exceptionally Successful Life

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Of course, we all want to be exceptionally successful, right? Sure. From being financially independent to getting married to the best woman in the world, our success is tied to the things that make us feel fulfilled in life. But the question is, what do you do that will lead you to discover those things from which you can derive true happiness.

Below is a list of 13 unique ways to live an exceptionally successful life.

1. Find Yourself

What brings you to life? What makes you glow with pride? What’s your passion? Look inward; know your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your strengths and don’t let your weaknesses weigh you down. When you do this, you have already set the ball in motion towards living an exceptionally successful life.

2. Set your goals

What’s your ambition in life? Put them into writing. Make a list of daily activities and follow it religiously. Note the things you enjoy doing consistently. Give yourself a plan: within five months, for instance, work hard on your plans and stick to them. When you do so, you’re on your way to living a successful life.

3. Personal growth

You can’t be exceptionally successful if you don’t develop yourself. Attend seminars and workshops where you will get ideas on how to do things differently. And by doing so you get to meet successful people who will inspire you.

4. Align yourself with positive and like-minded people

Be with those that understand your dreams and your goals, those that will encourage you to go on. People that will put you back on track when you fail and those you can look up to.

5. Be productive

Try your best to work hard and be productive both at work and at home. Don’t use the whole day to watch TV when you have things to do. Be innovative too, try new things and see what works best for you. Being productive entails doing what one knows how to do consistently without fear of failure.

6. Read always

Use at least an hour a day to read books that will develop you personally. But reading alone isn’t enough; learning from it is more important. When you read and imbibe the lessons from what you’ve read, you’re opening up a new world of opportunities for yourself. Read biographies of great men, especially in your own field. It will motivate you and make you live an exceptionally successful life.

7. Partner with people

You don’t have to have the money to start that business. You also need the drive. You should be able to convince that person that has the money, write the business proposal, look for the best in the field, partner with them and rise through them. It’s one of the unique ways to be exceptionally successful.

8. Take risks

You want to venture into that business but you’re scared to take the plunge? Come on, just do it. How would you know what you’re capable of when you haven’t tried. Make your findings and take the big leap. It’s always worth it, and if it doesn’t work that way, it doesn’t mean you will relent. If you make mistakes, you try to learn from them.

9. Live within your means

Living within your means is the best thing to work towards the success ladder. You can’t be earning less and be living large. How do you want to balance it up? Even if one has the money to spend, that doesn’t mean you should spend it frivolously. Save for the rainy days, you will be glad you did.

10. Be generous and kind

Generosity takes you a long way. Don’t be selfish in your act. Those you are generous to will look up to you. Find time to help people. At some points in our lives, we often realize that it’s not all about money. Try help with the household chores if you are a man, help your kids, help people in your neighbourhood; be kind to people. Set up a water stand where you know people will pass to drink, plant a tree, lift people up, pay for someone’s school fees, see life in other people’s perspectives. The fulfilment in doing it is much better than the ‘thank you’ you’ll receive. According to Albert Einstein, ‘only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.’

11. Have a good mentor

Have someone you will look up to, someone that can advise you, someone, that will put you through life. I realized people that have mentors climb up the ladder of success very fast and are always exceptional.

12. Be honest

Be honest in your dealings. Honesty and success are inseparable. If both you and your partners agreed on something, don’t go behind their back to do something else. If you really want to become exceptionally successful, you should try to protect your integrity. Nothing good comes after losing one’s dignity.

13. Take care of you

Taking good care of everything of yours is an indispensable ingredient for becoming successful. Charity begins at home, right? Chasing after success at the expense of your loved ones isn’t a great move. Keep friends and foes close. Without any of these, you won’t know how far nor how well you’ve fared. Your body is key: nourish and exercise it. Feed your mind with positive thoughts always. When you do this, you’re on your way to being successful.

We all want to become successful in life. But oftentimes we think we must engage in tedious activities and surround ourselves with demigods to achieve this. But this is not the case. If we can only follow the unique ways to becoming exceptionally successful above, we would realize how close we are to our goals.

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