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11 Things Successful People Do By Age 30

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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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                        10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

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                        10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

                        Productivity planners and journals are tools of a trade. There’s an art to productivity. Just like art is very personal to the artist, productivity is very personal to the person. What works for you may not work for me. This is an important distinction if you really want get more done in less time.

                        Too many of us dabble in productivity hacks only to move on to the next tool or trend when it didn’t workout for us, missing the lesson of what worked and didn’t work about that tool or trend.

                        We put the tool on a pedestal and miss the art. It’s worshipping the paint brush rather than the process and act of painting. We miss the art of our own productivity when the tool overshadows the treasure.

                        As an artist, you have many brushes to choose from. You’re looking for a brush that feels best in your hand. You want a brush that doesn’t distract you from your art but partners with you to create the many things you see in your mind to create. Finding a brush like this may take some experimenting, but when you understand that the role of the brush is to bring life to your vision, it’s easier to find the right brush.

                        Planners are the same way. You want a productivity journal that supports you in the creation of your vision, not one that bogs you down or steals your energy.

                        Let’s dive into the 10 best productivity planners and journals to help you get more done in less time.

                        1. The One Thing Planner

                        The NY Times best selling book, The One Thing, just released their new planner. If you loved this book, you’ll love this planner.

                        As the founder of the world’s largest real estate company Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller, has mastered the art of focus. The One Thing planner has its roots in industry changing productivity. If you’re out to put a dent in the universe, this may be the planner for you.

                        Get the planner here!

                        2. The Full Life Planner

                        The Full Life Planner is Lifehacks’ ultimate planning system to get results across all your core life aspects including work, health and relationships. This smart planner is 15 years of Lifehack’s best practices and proven success formulas by top performers.

                        With the Full Life Planner, you can align your actions to long term milestones every day, week, and month consistently. This will help you to get more done and achieve your goals.

                        Get the planner here!

                        3. The Freedom Journal

                        Creator of one of the most prolific podcasts ever, Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas released his productivity journal in 2016. This hard-cover journal focuses on accomplishing SMART goals in 100 days.

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                        From their site:

                        “The Freedom Journal is an accountability partner that won’t let you fail. John Lee Dumas has interviewed over 2000 successful Entrepreneurs and has created a unique step-by-step process that will guide you in SETTING and ACCOMPLISHING your #1 goal in 100 days.”

                        Get the planner here!

                        4. Full Focus Planner

                        Michael Hyatt, author of Platform and host of the podcast “This is Your Life”, also has his own planner called the Full Focus Planner.

                        From the site:

                        “Built for a 90-day achievement cycle, the Full Focus Planner® gives you a quarter of a year’s content so you aren’t overwhelmed by planning (and tracking) 12 months at a time.”

                        This productivity planner includes a place for annual goals, a monthly calendar, quarterly planning, the ideal week, daily pages, a place for rituals, weekly preview and quarterly previews. It also comes with a Quickstart lessons to help you master the use of the planner.

                        Get the planner here!

                        5. Passion Planner

                        They call themselves the #pashfam and think of their planner as a “paper life coach”. Their formats include dated, academic and undated in hardbound journals with assorted colors. With over 600,000 users they have a track record for effective planners.

                        From the site:

                        “An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.”

                        They have a get-one give-one program. For every Passion Planner that is bought they will donate one to a student or someone in need.

                        They also provide free PDF downloads of their planners. This is a great way to test drive if their planner is right for you.

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                        Get the planner here!

                        6. Desire Map Planners

                        If you’re looking for a more spiritually oriented planner, Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map, created the Desire Map Planners. With Daily planners, Weekly planners and Undated planners you can find the right fit for you.

                        Behind this planner is the Desire Map Planner Program including 3 workbooks that not only support you in using the planners but guide you in your thought process about your life and intentions you’re using the planner to help you fulfill.

                        Get the planner here!

                        7. Franklin Covey Planners

                        The grandfather of all planners, Franklin Covey, has the most options when it comes to layouts, binders, and accessories. With over 30 years in the productivity planner business, they not only provide a ton of planner layouts, they also have been teaching productivity and planning from the beginning.

                        From the site:

                        “Achieve what matters most with innovative, high quality planners and binders tailored to your personal style. Our paper planning system guides you to identify values, create successful habits, and track and achieve your goals.”

                        Get the planner here!

                        8. Productivity Planner

                        From the makers of the best selling journal backed by Tim Ferriss, “The Five Minute Journal”, comes the Productivity Planner.

                        Combining the Ivy Lee method which made Charles Schwab millions with the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused in the moment, the Productivity Planner is both intelligent and effective.

                        It allows for six months of planning, 5-day daily pages, weekly planning and weekly review, a prioritized task list, Pomodoro time tracking, and extra space for notes.

                        From the site:

                        “Do you often find yourself busy, while more important tasks get procrastinated on? The Productivity Planner helps you prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that make your day satisfying. Quality over quantity. Combined with the Pomodoro Technique to help you avoid distractions, the Productivity Planner assists you to get better work done in less time.”

                        Get the planner here!

                        9. Self Journal

                        Endorsed by Daymond John of Shark Tank, the Self Journal takes a 13 week approach and combines Monthly, Weekly and Daily planning to help you stay focused on the things that really matter.

                        Self Journal includes additional tools to help you produce with their Weekly Action Pad, Project Action Pad, the Sidekick pocket journal to capture your ideas on the go and their SmartMarks bookmarks that act as a notepad while you’re reading.

                        Get the planner here!

                        10. Google Calendar

                        You may already use Google Calendar for appointments, but with a couple tweaks you can use it as a productivity planner.

                        Productivity assumes we have time to do the work we intend to do. So blocking time on your Google Calendar and designating it as “busy” will prevent others from filling up those spaces on your calendar. Actually using those blocks of time as you intended is up to you.

                        If you use a booking tool like Schedule Once or Calendly, you can integrate it with your Google Calendar. For maximum productivity and rhythm, I recommend creating a consistent “available” block of time each day for these kinds of appointments.

                        Google Calendar is free, web based and to the point. If you’re a bottom line person and easily hold your priorities in your head, this may be a good solution for you.

                        Get the planner here!

                        Bonus Advice: Integrate the 4 Building Blocks of Productivity

                        Just as important to productivity planners as the tool are the principles that we create inside of. There are 4 building blocks of productivity, that when embraced, accelerate your energy and results.

                        The four building blocks of productivity are desire, strategy, focus and rhythm. When you get these right, having a productivity planner or journal provides the structure to keep you on track.

                        Block #1: Desire

                        Somehow in the pursuit of all our goals, we accumulate ideas and To-Do’s we’re not actually passionate about and don’t really want to pursue. They sneak their way in and steal our focus from the things that really matter.

                        Underneath powerful productivity is desire. Not many little desires, but the overarching mother of desires. The desire you feel in your gut, the desire that comes from your soul, not your logic, is what you need to tap into if you want to level up your productivity.

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                        A productivity planner is just a distraction if you’re not clear on what it’s all for. With desire, however, your productivity planner provides the guide rails to accomplish your intentions.

                        Block #2: Strategy

                        Once you’re clear on your overarching desire, you need to organize your steps to get there. Let’s call this “strategy”. Strategy is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You must first turn over all the pieces to see patterns, colors, connections and find borders.

                        In business and life, we often start trying to put our “puzzle” together without turning over all the pieces. We put many items on our To-Do lists and clog our planners with things that aren’t important to the bigger picture of our puzzle.

                        Strategy is about taking the time to brain dump all the things in your head related to your goal and then looking for patterns and priorities. As you turn over these puzzle pieces, you’ll begin to see the more important tasks that take care of the less important tasks or make the less important tasks irrelevant.

                        In the best selling book, The One Thing, the focusing question they teach is:

                        “What’s the One thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else is easier or unnecessary?”

                        This is the heart of strategy and organizing what hits your planner and what doesn’t.

                        Block #3: Focus

                        With your priorities identified, now you can focus on the One Thing that makes everything else easier or unnecessary. This is where your productivity planners and journals help you hold the line.

                        Because you’ve already turned over the puzzle pieces, you aren’t distracted by new shiny objects. If new ideas come along, and they will, you will better see how and where they fit in the big picture of your desire and strategy, allowing you to go back and focus on your One Thing.

                        Block #4: Rhythm

                        The final building block of productivity is rhythm. There is a rhythm in life and work that works best for you. When you find this rhythm, time stands still, productivity is easy and your experience of work is joyful.

                        Some call this flow. As you hone your self-awareness about your ideal rhythm you will find yourself riding flow more often and owning your productivity.

                        Without these four building blocks of productivity, you’re like a painter with a paintbrush and no idea how to use it to create what’s in your heart to create. But harness these four building blocks and find yourself getting more done in less time.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Your life is your art. Everyday you have a chance to create something amazing. By understanding and using the four building blocks of productivity, you will set yourself up for success no matter which planner, or “paintbrush”, you choose to use.

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                        As you experiment with different planners you will narrow which one is best for you and accelerate your path to putting a dent in the universe.

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