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11 Things Successful People Do By Age 30

11 Things Successful People Do By Age 30

Success is not something easily attained, and you can’t expect it to happen overnight. It requires a particular mindset, determination, and of course hard work. Simply wanting to succeed is not enough. It is also worth mentioning that you should start working on your success as soon as possible.

The ideal time period for your career development should be after you graduate, while you are in your twenties. You are still vibrant, filled with positive energy, and you have a lot of time on your hands, to experiment, learn from your mistakes, and accumulate a certain dose of experience. Truth be told, people may not take you seriously while you are still young, but there are some things that one should definitely do before the age of thirty. This way, you can create a solid basis and gain the valuable insight necessary for the well-being of your future.

1. They learned how to handle their finances

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    Let’s tackle the obvious issue first. We all know that, in a majority of cases, success is measured in finances, or financial stability to be perfectly accurate. This is why our first jobs are important, even when our salary is a far cry from the one that we imagined, we need to make it suffice. It is how we learn to be responsible, and to use money for the items we need, not for the items we want. Spending money comes natural to us, and even if we are wealthy, becoming broke will be an issue if we spend more than we earn. The more we practice this control, the easier it will be for us to accumulate enough finances and make judicious investments in order to succeed.

    2. They knew how to fail faster

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      A terrific way to save yourself a lot of money as well as troubles is to learn how to fail faster. We all know that failure is inevitable in life, and the only true failure is the one when you do not learn anything afterwards. However, knowing when you are about to botch an attempt at something and backing off sooner can be extremely important. You save your finances, and you spare yourself a lot of stress. If you are hell bent on succeeding and keep on pushing only to prove others wrong, you will only end up being defeated more miserably. Once again, there is no shame in failing, all you need to do is learn how to do it faster, which will ultimately lead you to success more quickly.

      3. They started their own business

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        One thing you should do in your late twenties is to start taking charge and form your own line of work. Just like with finances that were mentioned above, this is a great opportunity to tackle more responsibilities. Additionally, you finally take on the mantel of authority, and see what it feels like when you have to make hard decisions.

        Being in charge of your own small company is an eye-opening experience, and trust me, you will have a lot more sympathy for those who were your boss at some point. We tend to complain, and call our superior insensitive, and give them bully-like attributes. Once you know what is required to get the job done right, you are going to see what kind of method it takes to obtain the desired results.

        Even if you end up losing in the end, you need to learn what you can salvage from the whole ordeal, and perhaps start over with newly found wisdom. And, as it was already mentioned, if your business is heading towards disaster, shut it down as soon as possible. Remember, learn to fail faster.

        4. They challenged the authority

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          Becoming rebellious is our innate ability. We start to challenge authority during our puberty, and this challenge takes various forms. For example, we start listening to different types of music, sometimes out of sheer spite, just to annoy our parents. We drink alcohol or even start smoking cigarettes, although nowadays this has shifted to vaping. Even though we know these things are harmful, we do it anyway, simply to show they are not as harmful as we are told. We establish our own identities, by showing how we don’t blindly trust everything we are told.

          This is a good trait, you should question everything, especially if it sounds too convenient. When you are fully convicted that something is wrong, or that you simply know a better way to do it, stand up for the idea. It is one of the key ingredients for success, knowing to do something better than your competition, and taking charge.

          Throughout history, people who made groundbreaking discoveries, did so by questioning what was presented to them as universal truth. Nicolaus Copernicus made a very courageous move, when he challenged the thesis that earth is in the center of the universe, and had a theory which was contradictory to what church wanted people to believe. A great example how we shouldn’t allow our fear to prevent us from challenging a flawed leadership.

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          5. They organized properly

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            If there is one thing successful people have in common, it is a busy schedule. We’ve seen in movies mostly how people caught up in work usually have an assistant that keeps track of all of their appointments and responsibilities. Well, you may not have that many appointments, but still, there is a busy life ahead of you, and if you are to preserver, you will need to know how to organize properly.

            The very essence of good organization lies in knowing how to prioritize your aspects in life. The transitional period between a party animal and a mature adult is the hardest part. When you start putting all of the social gatherings on hold and begin to give your job a higher priority, is the moment when you are taking a serious step towards good organization. However, if you are unwilling to make such a sacrifice, then don’t expect to see positive results, any time soon.

            6. They maintained important partnerships

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              It is good to be independent and show everyone how you can manage things on your own. After all, food, water and oxygen are the only necessities needed to sustain you in life. But, if you are to be successful, you need to think before you act, and be careful about what you say.

              As individuals, we tend to have differences in opinion and our disagreements take a form of fiery arguments. Due to these arguments, we are prone to excluding some people from our lives merely because our perspectives are incompatible. Unfortunately, that is a wrong approach, because you lose the opportunity to give someone respect regardless of your differences, and gain their respect in return. This kind of reaction can make the existing bond grow stronger and you can acquire valuable allies. When you have more people you can rely on, it is easier to deal with stressful situations.

              In order to maintain your partnerships, do not back off from doing someone a favour if it doesn’t cause you too much trouble. You can never be too sure whether you might need to ask for one yourself, learn to value your social bonds and connections, it is what prosperous people know how to do.

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              7. They relied on persistence

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                Accomplished individuals are no strangers to failure, but they are also experts on not giving up after suffering a defeat. When things go south, we get insecure, we start to doubt, we become afraid if anyone is ever going to take us seriously. Instead of dwelling on the idea how foolish we looked, we need to view our failure from all possible angles and get encouraged to try again. We need to do this over and over again until we pinpoint the most efficient methods.

                Bear in mind that even trying too hard is not always an efficient way – you need to be persistent at working around the problem as well. If there is something you do not know how to solve, do not take shots in the dark until you hit the target. Learn how to browse the web and find possible solutions for your problems. It may feel like doing what someone else tells you, but it’s not. The whole point of advancement is quickly learning what is proven to work so far, and keep trying to make those methods better.

                8. They actively worked on their flaws

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                  By the age of 30, we are more or less fully aware of what kind of person we are. We have a clear idea as to what exactly the people we know don’t like about us, but still agree to tolerate, since we do the same for them. Even though we have these unspoken agreements with our close ones, it is still not an excuse for not trying to improve as a person.

                  We are bombarded with various motivational posters, saying “My flaws are who I am”, or “Be yourself no matter what” etc. however, it is obvious that you’ll need to let go of these mottos sooner or later. There is nothing wrong with accepting yourself, and being yourself, but if when doing so you are only hindering your own progression, then there is no logic in such approach. Work on your flaw, so that you can be proud of yourself.

                  9. They became calculated and resourceful

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                    Basically, this means that you rely on a leap of faith only as a last resort – your future decisions need to heavily rely on thorough research and planning. We all know how the very paragons of success like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison etc. were sort of castaways, distinctively different from the lot, and some of them even ran away from school. However, if you choose to be different, or choose to skip school in order to feel closer to them, then you are not a very calculated individual. Mimicking someone who is smart and successful is not the same as being that person – truthfully you are only a wannabe.

                    Calculated and resourceful individuals work with knowing their options, and they also make efforts in order to create additional options should a need for them ever arise. They do not spend money immediately, until they have looked at all the possible cheaper alternatives. Remember, the best methods are those which yield the most satisfying results with the least invested resources.

                    10. They figured out how to adapt

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                      Doing what you love and earning for a living at the same time is an ideal life scenario. You are not bothered by your obligations too much, and you get to excel in your chosen field. Unfortunately, this is not always an option, and very often, the market is filled with your desired careers or, simply, what you can produce is not in demand. In other words, you can be quite skilful and talented at something, but without the ability to adapt, you will not be successful.

                      Knowing how to adapt, does not imply that you abandon your governing passions, it only implies that you find what you learned from them and apply that knowledge somewhere else. For example, if you know psychology, you can use what you’ve learned from your studies and try to excel faster doing a job of a project manager. Or, if you are greatly acquainted with the law, you can use the knowledge in the writing department and make an interesting drama revolving around the trial. These are just examples, but the basic idea behind this adaptability is to find the way to fully utilize what you already know.

                      11. They asked for second opinion

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                        Finally, the last thing crucial for a stable future is accepting the fact that you are not the most competent, skilful, or smartest person in the world. Regardless of how brilliant or how acknowledged you were in the past, always look for constructive feedback. After all, people won’t just throw their money at you, they expect some sort of service or product in return. Therefore, it is not important if you think the product is great, as much as it is important for your target audience to like it.

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                        Last Updated on March 21, 2019

                        11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                        11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                        Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

                        You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

                        But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

                        To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

                        It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

                        “What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

                        The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

                        In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

                        Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

                        1. Start Small

                        The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

                        Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

                        Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

                        Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

                        Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

                        Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

                        It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

                        Do less today to do more in a year.

                        2. Stay Small

                        There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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                        But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

                        If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

                        When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

                        I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

                        Why?

                        Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

                        The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

                        Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

                        3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

                        No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

                        There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

                        What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

                        Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

                        This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

                        This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

                        4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

                        When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

                        There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

                        Peter Drucker said,

                        “What you track is what you do.”

                        So track it to do it — it really helps.

                        But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

                        5. Measure Once, Do Twice

                        Peter Drucker also said,

                        “What you measure is what you improve.”

                        So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

                        For reading, it’s 20 pages.
                        For writing, it’s 500 words.
                        For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
                        For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

                        Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

                        6. All Days Make a Difference

                        Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

                        Will two? They won’t.

                        Will three? They won’t.

                        Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

                        What happened? Which one made you fit?

                        The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

                        No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

                        7. They Are Never Fully Automated

                        Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

                        But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

                        What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

                        It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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                        The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

                        It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

                        It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

                        8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

                        Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

                        Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

                        When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

                        The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

                        Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

                        9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

                        The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

                        Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

                        You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

                        But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

                        So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

                        If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

                        This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

                        The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

                        Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

                        10. Punish Yourself

                        Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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                        I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

                        It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

                        You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

                        No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

                        The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

                        But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

                        11. Reward Yourself

                        When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

                        Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

                        The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

                        After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

                        If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

                        Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

                        If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

                        In the End, It Matters

                        What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

                        When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

                        And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

                        “Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

                        Keep going.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
                        [2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
                        [3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
                        [4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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