Learning Habits of Successful People:
Top-Notch Tips for You

See also: Setting Personal Goals

Do you want to become more successful at work and in life? Well, if you have the know-how, it’s easier to achieve than you may initially think.

Many successful people use learning habits to help them obtain their success.

Check out the following top-notch tips, and you will have taken your first step in learning how to become a successful person.

Learn New Skills or Qualifications

Successful people are always looking to climb the career ladder, no matter what rung they’re currently on. Staying put, in your mindset, skillset, and sometimes environment, will do you no favours if you want to become more successful. By learning new skills or gaining further qualifications, you can completely change your life. For instance, with an additional skill set, you could:

  • Get promoted.
  • Find a better job.
  • Set up your own business.

You have the option to begin an entirely new career or become more qualified in your current role. For instance, if you currently work in accountancy, you could change your life for the better by taking a CPA exam to become a qualified, certified public accountant. That would allow you to skyrocket up the career ladder, work for yourself, and earn a higher salary.

You don’t have to sit exams and get new qualifications to climb your way up the career ladder. Learning a higher skillset via other methods can also be just as beneficial. You can learn whatever is relevant to your situation by:

  • Watching online seminars
  • Reading books
  • Attending training courses
  • Doing online research
  • Researching at your local library

Learn to Be Super-organised

Successful people learn how to be super-organised. The first thing you need to become better-organised is a to-do list. But don’t just add things to do randomly. Organise your to-do list into an order of priority, break down each item into more manageable bite size chunks, and work out how long each thing will take to do. The more you carefully plan each item on your to-do list, the more super-organised you will become. Thankfully, there are now various to do list templates available online that make the process hassle-free. You can find general blank to-do lists, templates that can structure your entire week, ones that are ideal for jotting down individual tasks, and many others. By being in control of time management, you can become more successful at work and in life.

Set Daily Goals

Use your work to-do list to write down three personal goals you want to achieve for the day. The most successful people begin their days by mentally focusing on something that makes them feel better. Before you join the daily rat race, write down questions and come up with answers for how you will accomplish these energising goals. That will help you to have a more peaceful and positive state of mind throughout the day. Questions to ask could include:

  • How can I improve as a human being today?
  • What can I do to help me grow personally and professionally today?
  • How can I ensure today is highly productive?
  • What can give me more energy today?
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Read Books That Can Help You Become Successful and Wealthy

If you want to join the ranks of the super-successful, you will want to focus on increasing your wealth. You may not have considered moving into a particular industry before, but if you find out it can make you big money, then why not consider it? Alternatively, there could be money management advice or investment opportunities that you have never previously considered. Successful and wealthy people read things that will increase their wealth. You can do the same by reading books on topics like:

  • Business
  • Personal finance
  • Investment
  • Influence
  • Body language
  • Self-improvement

Find a Role Model

Successful people often have well-known achievers as inspirations. Think about which successful person inspires you and research how they made it to the top. In particular, find the proven strategy that worked for them. By mirroring a successful figure, you can become successful yourself.

Top Tip:

Find a real-life mentor

By finding somebody who has achieved the results you’re after, you can learn their secrets and avoid making their mistakes. If you do what your mentor does, you’ll soon get what they have.

Learn Personal Skills

The learning habits of successful people are not limited to academic learning. It’s just as important to learn skills like self-discipline, self-improvement, empathy, and interpersonal skills. The more you develop as a person, the more you will handle tasks and responsibilities more efficiently and the more you will be able to have positive relations with others. If you want to be successful, positive relationships are, of course, crucial in business and your personal life. Here are some other personal skills you should learn to develop if you want to join the ranks of the truly successful.

Learn How to Accept Feedback

Some people find it hard to receive criticism. Others find it challenging to listen to any feedback. By learning how to accept people’s feedback positively, you can become a better person. When receiving feedback:

  • Listen without interruption or defensiveness

  • Be open to what you’re hearing

  • Ask questions for clarification

Listen to Advice

As well as listening to feedback, you need to be able to listen to advice when it’s given. For example, if your mentor, some other successful CEOs or acclaimed brands like Foundr are willing to share their growth-hacking tips with you - sharpen your ears and find a chance to try out some of their ideas on your projects. If you plough ahead with something because you think your way is the right way, only to discover later that you were wrong, you won’t make much progress at work or in life.

Learn How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

Some people are more naturally empathic than others. Empathy is an attractive quality that helps to build successful relationships. Furthermore, research shows empathy is the number one driver of all organisational performance at work. Develop your empathy skills, and you will become more successful.

Have Self-control

If you want to become successful, you must learn to have self-control. That is especially important for leaders of teams in the workplace. According to the psychologist and bestselling author Daniel Goleman, people who maintain control of their emotions are the ones who can sustain fair and safe environments.

That creates environments of low drama and very high productivity.

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About the Author

Bryce Welker is an active speaker, blogger, and tutor on accounting and finance. As the Founder of Crush The CPA Exam, he has helped thousands of candidates pass the CPA exam on their first attempt.