Success is no accident. Living a great life will not come by luck or chance. It won’t fall from the sky. There’s no magic wand, there’s no quick fix. The good news is there are principles that lead to success.

If you commit to doing the things successful people do you will lead a life of success and happiness. Live by these 20 principles, and you will ensure you live a great life.

1. There’s nothing you can’t have or achieve in life if you’re willing to work for it

There are no reasonable limits relating to what you can achieve other than those that exist in your own mind. What you can have is up to you. Who you can be is up to you. You are your only limit. No one else can stop you from having anything, or being anyone you decide to be. Don’t let any successful person convince you otherwise.

2. Take responsibility for your life, and you will take control of your life

Take responsibility for where you are in life, and accept the challenge required to get you where you want to be. Successful people don’t make excuses or blame others, they just focus on what they can do. As Florence Nightingale once said, “I attribute my success to this. I never gave, nor took, any excuse.” Those who succeed in this world aren’t those who have escaped hardship. Every one of us carries our own baggage through life. Some let go of it and push forward without the weight of excuses on their back. Holding onto that weight of excuses is only ever going to slow you down, hold you back from reaching your true potential. Let it go. Accept where you are, and decide where you are going to be.

Take responsibility for your life3. There’s always something to be grateful for

Grateful people are successful people. It’s been said many times, but it’s worth repeating until it sinks in. When you are grateful for everything you do have in your life is better, full stop. Spending every morning thinking about, and writing down what you are grateful for, will transform your life. The very act of doing this will lead to a better mood. A better mood will lead to better relationships, clearer mind, better results, and you will then attract more to be grateful for.

4. Follow your own path

The world is full of opinions. None of them should influence where you want to be in life. Focus on your path, and walk that path, regardless of others’ opinions. You’ll never be successful in life unless you are living the life you want to live. Don’t wear masks to fit into this world. Be brave enough to stand tall and walk in the direction you really want. Be true to you.

5. Never stop learning and working on yourself

The key to a great life is growth that comes from self development, the pride that comes from that growth, the inner joy that comes from that pride, knowing you are self-made, knowing you made a great life for yourself, and set the example for all those close to you. Feed your mind with strength every day, always rising to a new level of consciousness, always seeking growth. The more you grow, the more you know. The more you learn, they more you will earn.

6. Live with integrity

Zig Ziglar put it best, “With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” Living a life of integrity is living a life of truth, and when you are living a life of truth there’s nothing to hide. When there’s nothing to hide there’s nothing but pride. You do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Not because you’re getting rewarded, but because the reward is living a life of integrity.

7. Give your all

Nothing great in life comes to those who give less than everything. Success doesn’t have to be a struggle. It should never feel like a chore. You should be in a place where you are enthusiastic about giving your all, because you love what you do, because you love the challenge, because you love the growth, because you love thinking about the end result.

Give your all8. You can change the way you feel at any moment by changing your focus

Any emotion, no matter how extreme, can be changed by learning how to change your focus specifically to gratitude and perspective. If your life doesn’t feel like a blessing learn how to shift your focus until you get to a place where it does feel like a blessing.

9. Don’t chase money, follow your purpose

Do nothing for the sole purpose of money. Do what is right, do what you love, do something that helps others, and more than enough money will come. Chase the money and the money will run faster. Chase your purpose and the money will chase you.

10. There’s no such thing as failure unless you fail to learn the lesson

Everyone fails at something, successful people fail more than most, but the only true failure is to give up without learning the lesson the failure brought. Failure is never the end of the story, it’s just the plot twist. Keep writing your story, and find a way to become the hero in it.

11. The end result will be worth the sacrifice

Unsuccessful people think about what they have to give up in order to achieve what they want, successful people think about what they are going to get at the end of the process. They are happy to sacrifice now, knowing they will be rewarded later.

12. Patience is power

This doesn’t mean sit on your hands. Work hard, work fast, work smart. But if it doesn’t come when you expect it to come, be patient. The only way it is not coming is if you quit. Keep going.

13. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy

If you really want it you must be prepared to work for it, to fight for it, to give up everything for it. If it’s worth the prize it’s worth the fight.

14. Nothing that has happened in your past can stop you from creating a better future starting right now

Let go of the past. It’s gone. Focus on the now. What can you do now that will create a better tomorrow?

15. It’s never too late to be great

It’s never too late to amaze yourself, to shock yourself, to become someone no one thought you could be, not even you.


16. Not everyone will be happy for you

Not everyone is going to enjoy your success. Some will be jealous, some will be resentful, because they haven’t reached their own true intention. This should never stop you from pursuing your greatest self. Those who truly belong in your life will be by your side during the journey. If you have to walk alone for a while, be strong enough to do so, knowing it won’t be forever.

17. Habits make or break you

Think about every major area of your life, health, financial, happiness. Are there any areas you have developed bad habits that are holding you back? If you have developed them you can created new, better habits, that take you closer to your goals. A habit is formed through consistent application and deep meaning. Make it important to you, and plan it until it is a habit.

18. Fear is an illusion

Fear is mind made. It has no life outside your own imagination. Knowing this, you have no reason to hold yourself back, no reason to fear failure, rejection, embarrassment, anything. Go for what you want in life, fearlessly.

find your direction in life19. Without direction you’ll end up in the wrong section

If you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up someplace else. Successful people know where they are going. They have clear goals, big, clear, meaningful goals, and they fight for them.

20. No one will believe in you until you do

If you want people to support you, lead by example, back yourself. If you want people to believe in you, believe in yourself. Progress leads to belief, growth leads to belief. Feed your mind every day with self-development material, new knowledge, empowering speakers, and start taking action. Once you start making progress, belief will come, belief will grow. Back yourself. You can do this.

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