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10 Habits of Highly Successful People

Contrary to what many of us have been made to believe, success is very predictable, just as failure is.
You can tell if you’ll be successful or not because success does not happen in a day, it is a build up and product of habits.

There is a formula for success.

No one becomes successful by accident. Everyone who is successful today practiced something over time. Some intentionally practiced it, while others unknowingly practiced it. But they both became successful because a formula gives result regardless of your acknowledgement of the formula.

It is important however to know the formula for success because, it makes you able to repeat and replicate your result multiple times even in the lives of others, but someone who “accidentally” became successful is at risk because they can not replicate it.

When you do things mistakenly and succeed, it is more dangerous than failing because it creates fear in you and complacency. – Apostle Joshua Selman

It’s been quite a long year and we have recorded a lot of successes and failures. Most of the failures stemmed from things we either didn’t know or things we knew and didn’t do.
You a need superior quality of knowledge to do better and greater in 2019.

The things you do daily form your habits and your habits directly translate into your lifestyle.
Bad habits are toxic and lead to a bad lifestyle.

Here are 10 habits successful people practice, supported by quotes from them that are sure to guarantee your success.

Successful people;

1. Are disciplined

Every other point after this is tied to discipline.
In his book “No excuses – The power of self-discipline“, Brian Tracy defined Discipline as self control, self mastery, self denial and delayed gratification.

With self-discipline, I have built successful businesses in training, consulting, speaking, writing, recording, and distribution. My audio and video programs, books, seminars, and training programs have sold more than $500 million in thirty-six languages and fifty-four countries. Over the years I have consulted for more than 1,000 companies and trained more than 5 million people in live seminars and talks. In every case, the practice of self-discipline has been essential to my success” – Brian Tracy

2. Are ever learning

Successful people are great readers and learners. Two powerful ways to constantly learn is through reading books and relating with intelligent minds.

Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.” Mark Zuckerberg

“There is divine beauty in learning…. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.” ―Elie Wiesel

3. Have mentors and role models

One profound lesson I got from a successful pastor and mentor is to search for the top three most successful people in my field or assignment and study their lives closely.

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

Anthony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues”.

4. Develop themselves

Personal development is your duty. There are no limits for a man who invests and develops himself.

“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” ―Morihei Ueshiba

Related post: Powerful and Practical Ways to Improve Yourself

5. Have a healthy mindset

“What we think, we become.” – Buddha

“What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

6. Solve problems

Successful people are problem solvers. When you become the solution to a particular problem in your society, a need is placed on you and it brings reward to the degree to which you solve them.

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” – Robert Kiyosaki

7. Dress well

Dress like it until you become it. This is not to encourage extravagance and unnecessary luxury but to encourage decent and clean dressing that makes you presentable.

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure. – Zig Ziglar

8. Are risk takers

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
– Jim Rohn

9. Network and keep Valuable Relationships

The fastest way to rise to greatness is to master the art of relationships. – Apostle Joshua Selman

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10. Don’t Quit

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.”
– Walt Disney

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
— Steve Jobs

Intentionally plan for 2019 by studying your daily habits and replacing the bad ones.

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How to Behave in the Presence of Greatness.

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I had to re make this post and delete the previous one because people were unable to comment on it.

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Many people pray their whole lifetime for open doors and divine connections. Yet few understand that favor can stop the moment it starts. Few people have really been trained on the Laws of Protocol, Adaptation and Discretion. You may have heard that “your Gift will make room for you,” but it is your Character that keeps you there. A door can shut as quickly as it opens. One wrong statement or one reckless act can close a door forever.…”

-Pastor James G. Mania

The world we live in is an interesting place. One minute, someone is at rock bottom and the next, the same person is ruling an empire. How?

They came in contact with one person or some people.

One meeting can change your life and status forever.

Even as we work and study, we all pray to meet such people but is meeting them all that it takes?

During the week, someone told me of an incident that happened to his friend who got the opportunity to meet with a top notch person in Nigeria. The friend had rushed in to the venue of the meeting and almost immediately began to say “I have to go and read tonight, I hope this doesn’t take time”. The “big guy” who had been waiting for him at the venue simply said “You’re calling me a time waster, please walk out of this place”.

As simple as that seemed, it is very dangerous. Anything could have come out of the meeting for the young man, a scholarship, a job opportunity, money or relationship (which is the best) but he messed it up.

Apostle Joshua Selman once said something at one of our workers’ meeting;

“Favor is when opportunity meets preparedness”.

A lot of us have missed many great things not because we lack people to help us but because we came so close but immediately moved far. We met the right people but had the wrong attitude.

When before certain caliber and class of people, certain things are expected of you.

If you’re meeting or hoping to meet with someone great anytime soon, you should take a look at these five tips.

Dress Properly.

The first thing people notice about you is your appearance not your personality. Even before you speak, they look at how you’re dressed. Don’t look dirty and unkept and think just because you’re a nice person that speaks Queen’s English, you’re covered. No darling, they’ll always remember what you looked like and remember what they say about first impression?

As you’re dressed, so you’re addressed.

Besides, you won’t even feel confident if you look like something that just came out of a bin.

So quick tips;

  • Take a bath or a shower before you leave the house.
  • Use a subtle deodorant or perfume (You don’t want to choke them with harsh smell of different chemicals).
  • Wear neat and well ironed clothes (rumpled clothes put some people off).
  • Look very smart but wear clothes that you’re comfortable in (you don’t want to be struggling with a trouser that is too tight or a shirt that reveals what should not be revealed).
  • If you’re a lady, use light makeup (if you must), it’s a meeting, not a club.
  • Feel fresh. Let the freshness come from inside.
  • Wear a nice smile (You’re the one that will benefit more from the meeting, don’t go there looking like the boss).
  • Take a look at yourself in the mirror and be honest in assessing yourself.
  • Finally, always look neat even when you’re at home. Opportunities can come at any time and some opportunities come with time limits. Don’t miss a million dollar meeting because you have not had your bath.

Be Yourself.

The class and status of the person you’re meeting may want to put the pressure on you to look and act like someone else, don’t fall for it!

If you understand relationships well, then your aim should be that at the end of the meeting, the Person likes you and wants to keep in touch with you and should that happen, you can not pretend forever so just be yourself to avoid future surprises.

Be Confident

You’re not a beggar so don’t act like one. Be humble but maintain your self esteem and self worth.


This heading is in upper case because I wish I could emphasize it more. I know too many people who have lost life changing opportunities because their mouths happen to have uncontrollable diarrhea.

There’s a level you’ll get to in life that you won’t like too much noise. Some people have gotten to that level, They have too much engagements and responsibility and they don’t entertain unnecessary noise.

So watch what you say when you’re before greatness. There are things you should say and there are things you shouldn’t say.

Quick tips;

  • Say a polite greeting (Good evening ma, Good day sir, It’s an honor to meet you sir, etc).
  • Mildly compliment on their appearance when you first meet them. It has to be a mild sincere compliment especially if they’re of the opposite sex, You don’t want to look like you’re hitting on someone’s spouse (You look great sir, beautiful shoes ma etc).
  • Laugh mildly at their jokes (If you laugh uncontrollably like I do, device methods to keep yourself in check).
  • Be genuinely interested and attentive to what they say and know where to respond.
  • Before you say something, ask yourself “Is it necessary?”.
  • DON’T tell lies!!!

Advertise Your Value

This has to be done in wisdom, you do not want to look like an opportunist.

Chip in a little of what you do at any opportunity you get but don’t make it all about you. For instance;

  • “That’s a great fabric you’re putting on ma, I sell really nice Ankara fabrics and have beautiful styles that’ll look amazing on you”.
  • “I cook really good meals and I’m just starting my culinary business. I’ll be honored to have you taste my meals”.
  • I can offer you …… value sir, just call me any time and I’d most ready to come.

See you at the top!