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Science, Real-Life Cases, Point to Doing These Things to Pave the Path to Success

Science, Real-Life Cases, Point to Doing These Things to Pave the Path to Success
PHOTOGRAPH: Mark Hirschey | Self-made billionaire Warren Buffett is shown speaking to a group of students from the University of Kansas School of Business years ago.

Ever wondered how some self-made men in business and other fields reaped success? Many years after they laid the foundation for making their first billions, they have shared some of the rules they adhered to that helped them get to where they are now.

It does not take rocket science to figure out how to move ahead in life. Successful people’s habits can certainly help yet it is good to remember that what works for someone else might not work for you.

Nonetheless, as many successful people will attest to,  you will not go wrong with some of these pointers, beginning with having a full belief in yourself (while leaving room for constructive criticism), following some positive daily rituals or routine, plus tons of patience and persistence.

Some Rules of Successful People

Visualize success

Visualizing the positive things you want to happen, whether in your career and life, or both, help a lot. The Journal of Mental Imagery is among those that have documented the impact of visualization in diverse fields.

German psychiatrist Johannes H. Schultz, from his clinical experience with hypnosis, developed what is called Autogenic Training (a form of therapy that uses autosuggestion, visualization, deep relaxation, and other effective techniques).  Many factors may discourage people as they work to realize their goals and dreams.

Stay focused

Alongside visualization is staying focused.  Really successful people attest to the importance of staying focused, notwithstanding rejection and difficulties encountered along the way. As astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted about accomplishing things we have set our minds and hearts on, “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, also advises people to “Keep the dream alive.” The movers and shakers of established companies have noted how it is the focused people who can think things through and who can be huge assets in an organization.

Laszlo Bock, who is credited for helping transform Google’s workforce and culture and who authored the book Work Rules! Insights From Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, cited “the ability to process on the fly” or pull together disparate bits of information as the number one thing the company looked for in applicants.

Get inspired and prime yourself for creativity

Along with a positive mindset and daily rituals to get through each passing day (and improve physical and mental brain power), strive to pick the activities that resonate most with you. Experts note that doing so will push you to become the best that you are capable of being.


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