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10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

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10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

Success is something many people work very hard for. Achieving it is difficult enough, but keeping it going is even harder. That’s why truly successful people never stop improving themselves and work on their positive habits all the time. Everyday rituals are what make us who we are. Developing rituals that will work for us and make us better is one of the keys to success. So, let’s see that many successful people do every day to improve themselves.

1. They wake up early

Even Aristotle was saying that a habit of waking up before dawn contributes to achieving success, wealth and good health. Researches show that our brains work most effectively during the first 2-4 hours after we wake up. Early hours are the most productive for majority of people. Waking up early, you’ll feel vigorous, fresh and ready to conquer new summits.

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2. They exercise

Physical activity matters! You may think that it is all about the brain work that makes people successful. However, the majority of truly successful people exercise on a regular basis. It is not only about keeping you healthy and in a good shape. Constant experiences of overcoming yourself and achieving new results are very useful for any other scope of activity. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, works out with a personal coach five times per week. In his interviews, he often says that working out doesn’t only help him feel good, but also stimulates him to think of new business ideas.

3. They have a plan

Successful people realize how important everyday tasks are. Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning what good things he was about to do this day. Having a plan helps you remember everything and get rid of all the things you procrastinate with. Take 10 minutes before sleep or after you wake up and make a plan for the whole day. It would be even better if you write it down somewhere.

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4. They find time for hobbies

The biggest investor of the 20th century and successful entrepreneur, Warren Buffett loved to play ukulele between his big business meetings. Most often, successful people are interested in certain activities. A Saturday golf game can be a great way to establish good contacts. However, even the small “alone” hobbies such as knitting (Meryl Streep) or drawing (George Bush) can help to succeed by releasing from stress or waking up one’s creative side.

5. They are active

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, assigned herself with a task to play tennis for an hour every day, and she is not the only one. Richard Branson loves kite-surfing. The fourth richest man in India is a regular marathon runner. Successful people understand the importance of the active life. The more active your body is – the more active your brain works. Weekends are not an exception, by the way.

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6. They learn

People need to get new information every day to keep the brain trained. Successful people always find the way to learn something new. They read books and articles, they communicate with smart people, they go through trusted websites, etc. You should always have your brain working and eventually it’ll work out some idea that can make you as successful as those people you admire today.

7. They analyze

A great thing successful people do is analyzing their day before going to sleep. Was this day productive? Did I do everything I had planned? What shouldn’t I have done today? What should I improve in the next day? When you think of the good things you did today, it helps you move on doing them tomorrow. When you think of your mistakes, it prevents you from repeating them the next day. Analyzing is a great thing to do at the end of the day.

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8. They meditate

Oprah Winfrey is one of the busiest women in the world and still she manages to spend 20 minutes sitting in quiet two times a day. Even the most successful and the toughest businessmen, entrepreneurs and celebrities admit the value and the importance of meditation. Meditating improves productivity, lowers stress level and keeps a body and soul in shape. Finding time for that can definitely help on the road to success.

9. They spend time with people they love

Of course, successful people work really hard. However, many of them say that forgetting about their work and spending some time with beloved people is what helps them continue working even harder. You shouldn’t think of your work 24/7 because your brain will be too tired to work and to generate new ideas. Being around people you love can make you happy and careless for some time and that is a great rest for your brain.

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10. They sleep the right amount of time

There is surely no rule on how many hours a person should sleep to feel good and fresh. We are all different; some of us can sleep four hours per day and feel great and others need 8-10 hours of sleep not to look like a zombie the whole day. Successful people know how much time they need to have a good night’s rest and they sleep no less than that.

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Last Updated on November 18, 2021

10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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