3 Habits of Highly Successful People That Actually Work

Alyssa Atkinson

I did them for a month; here’s what happened.

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When I was in college, I was always busy. I was either in a hurry to get to class, rushing to cross-country practice, or trying to squeeze in a shower and some homework at the end of the night, before I did it all over again the next day.

Still, I tried to stay in touch with my parents daily. I have always been close with them, and I didn’t want to lose communication with them once I went off to college. So, on the super busy days, we relied on short texts to communicate.

It was easier this way. At least, it was supposed to be. I could shoot them a quick text as I walked across campus between classes so we could still stay in touch every day.

Except, I was a speed texter. I didn’t check over my texts before hitting send. And the stupid auto-correct feature was always changing my words. I’d send my dad a text saying “the day’s going well” and he would receive “true dats going well”. This is when my hatred towards the automatic features really began.

And it continued. Until something changed.

I was typing at a ferociously quick pace on my search engine one day, slamming my fingers onto the keyboard, as I always do. I wanted to research a bit about habits, the science behind them, and things of that nature. Instead, what I got was an auto-completed sentence for habits related to success.

I hit search anyway. In doing so, I actually learned some valuable information.

More specifically, I learned three distinct habits for success. And while I have only been doing them for a short amount of time, I have already seen some very promising results in my own work.

So, let’s take a look at what they are, how I have used them, and what they have done for me (and more importantly, what they can do for you!)

First, I started sleeping more.

I have made it a priority to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night, as opposed to the 6–7 I often used to get. So, why the bump up in rest? Well, the auto-complete search brought me to a cnbc article which revealed the following shocking statistic.

A whopping 89 percent of millionaires who are self-made sleep seven or more hours a night.

Now, it isn’t exactly a surprise that getting enough sleep helps you think better. But, society today has pushed the idea that if you’re wasting time sleeping, you aren’t accomplishing enough.

And after reviewing my sleep from the previous month, I knew I was overworking myself. This past month, I decided to slow down a bit, and make sleep more of a priority. I have already noticed an improvement in my productivity and the quality of my work.

For example, I have:

  • Gotten more reads on my articles this month as a result of writing more thorough and captivating pieces
  • Started my own email subscriber list, which I had previously been putting off for a while
  • Posted on my personal blog two recipes every single week. Previously, I was struggling with inconsistently posting

I think this shows the power that a well-rested mind can have in regards to both the quality and quantity of your work. So, don’t feel bad about clocking out a bit earlier.

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Second, I added another income stream.

After reading through that cnbc article fully, I decided to try and generate another source of income, because it’s another common habit of highly successful people.

In fact, 65 percent of self-made millionaires had at least three income streams before they made their first million.

So, I figured I should add another income stream too. I have been selling on eBay for almost a year, but my older sister recently told me about a clothing selling app called Depop.

So, I decided to give it a try. I listed a bunch of different fashion pieces. The result was 8 sales and over $100 made. I was honestly surprised that I did get a number of sales. Usually, when you become a new seller on a platform, it is harder to sell initially, because you have no initial feedback.

Still, online reselling is awesome because it is passive income — once all the items are listed, I just have to wait for them to continue to sell. Moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to try and add another income source, so long as the payoff is worth the time you’re putting into it.

Finally, I started reading work related articles.

Now, I’ve always loved reading. But, I’m used to reading the fantasy stuff, like Harry Potter. But, over the past month, I started reading more articles related to business, work, blogging, etc.

These are articles that contain information highly specific to my own business and brand that I’m trying to grow. I have already learned a ton of helpful information.

For example, many of the successful bloggers say that you should be posting pins about your blog articles to drive traffic to your site. So, about a month ago, I started doing exactly that.

And surprisingly, it seems to be working. I have already gotten over double the blog traffic I got last month, and we are only halfway through the month.

So, if you want to see more success in your own work, a great place to start is by reading articles written by people who have already mastered a specific craft, and who have the knowledge to share how they reached that point.

Final Thoughts

The habits you choose to follow in your daily life can have an immense impact on your success. If you want to be more productive, efficient, and grow your business, you need to be doing things each day that will help you get there.

So, make an effort to learn from the best, and apply these tips for success to your own life. Slowly but surely, your own work will start to pick up steam, and pretty soon, you’ll be more successful than you ever could have imagined.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

Raleigh, NC
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