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How to Improve Your Chances of Success with 5 Tips from Successful People

The belief that we are entitled to the “American Dream” is in fact holding us back as individuals and as a collective. Despite our lofty goals, many of us don’t take the steps needed to achieve the ideals set forth by our forefathers, and believe that we simply deserve to have the life we dream of. Creating wealth and being successful takes effort – no one is simply entitled.

A wise person once said, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” If you want something different, you need to make changes. If you continue to learn, you will continue to grow. Here are some tips that you can implement today that will give you tangible, positive results:


1. Adopt the mantra that you will take 100% responsibility for your own life.


2. If successful people are not happy with the results, they change their responses.

Everything you experience today is the result of choices you made in the past.

Event: You are given a $200 bonus

Response: You spend it on shopping.

Outcome: You’re broke


Event: You are given a $200 bonus

Response: You invest in your IRA or a mutual fund

Outcome: You increased your net worth


3. Identify why you’re here. Decide your foremost purpose in life and manage your activities around it, and create a personal statement.

Some life statements:

  • To inspire and empower people to achieve their destiny
  • To educate and inspire people to live their highest self based in courage and purpose.
  • To leave the world a better place for animals and people, too.


4. Successful people learn more to earn more. Decrease the time spent in front of the television. By eliminating one hour of TV a day, you can add 365 hours per year; Use that one hour a day to learn something productive.

  • Study the lives of successful people, write a list of the greats and read their biographies or memoirs.
  • Sign up for training; attend online seminars, web conferences and Tweetups.
  • Download and use learning apps to your mobile devices.

Fun Fact: John F. Kennedy could read 1200 words a minute. From 1954-1955 he attended meetings at the Foundation for Better Reading in Baltimore.


5. Be conscious of what you say.

  • Successful people speak with words of inclusion, acceptance and tolerance rather than separation, rejection and prejudice.
  • Make a commitment to appreciate something about every person you come in contact with.
  • Stop yourself and other from gossiping. You can do this by changing the subject, walking away, or saying something positive about the person.


When your thoughts are productive and you are positive when you speak, you will see constructive changes in all areas of your life! Try to apply these tips today and let us know how they are working out for you. If you have any tips or experiences you’d like to share, leave us a comment!

Suggested apps for self improvement: Time Management, Memory Improvement, Grammar, Literature




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