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Lessons from the World’s Most Successful People

The world’s most successful people didn’t get to where they are on luck alone. They worked hard, took risks, and stayed true to their values. Each one took a different road to get to where they are, but the following ten lessons can be applied to anyone seeking success in their career.

1. They create their own luck. You have the same number of hours in a day as Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerburg. Don’t wait around for something great to happen to you – make it happen on your own, like they did.

2. They’re not afraid to ask for help. Russell Simmons believes strongly in this principle: “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” 

3. They take risks. Sheryl Sandberg writes, “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that and I’ll learn by doing it.'” This principle applies to men, as well. Taking risks is crucial to achieving success.

4. They do what they love. Find something you’re passionate about, and that makes you want to wake up and go to work in the morning. If you dread going to the office each day, you’re not in the right business. Oprah says, “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

5. They set huge goals for themselves. Richard Branson says that for people to climb to the top, they have to set seemingly unachievable goals for themselves and rise above them. When you set your goals incredibly high, you’ll work incredibly hard to get there.

6. They understand that it’s not all about money and they don’t lose sight of their morals. Warren Buffett warns, “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank balance is, your life is a disaster.”

7. They stay true to themselves, no matter what anyone else thinks. Take a word of advice from Steve Jobs: “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

8. They don’t beat themselves up over mistakes. Richard Branson understands this: “Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.”

9. They work incredibly hard. Businessman Mark Cuban cautions, “There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it…Everyone tells you how they are going to be “special,” but few do the work to get there. Do the work.”

10. They’re good at budgeting. Some successful people are notorious for living large and spending money lavishly, but most are actually very frugal. Warren Buffett is known for flying economy rather than business class, and he works in the same modest office he’s worked in for years. If you learn how to manage your money, you’re more likely to find success in life.

As demonstrated by these various businessmen and women, success comes to those who know what they want, make a commitment to achieve their goals, and always look for new opportunities to succeed. If you want to find success in your career, consider adding an MBA from Georgia College to your resume. We offer our program online, where you can receive professional accreditation under full-time graduate professors and save hundreds of dollars in the process. Check out our website today or give us a call at (478) 445-5115. We can’t wait to help you make your next move.

Sources: The Independent, U.S. News & World Report