A quick Google search of ‘top things successful people do’ brings up countless articles: 14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends, 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM, 12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast, 10 Things Successful People Do On Monday Mornings, The Top 5 Things Successful People Do Before 9am!, The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams … I could go on…
None of the items on the list are ever too surprising. Exercise makes it on every list. Some people suggest meditation, while others focus on planning your week. They say to spend time with your family. Don’t forget to get good rest, and wake up early. Some lists contradict each other. Some say to answer emails- others say don’t spend time on them. Some say read the news- other says stay away.
The problem with these lists is that there is really only ONE thing that everyone has in common. We are all human. That’s it. Some of us do better in the mornings (me), others like to work late into the night (not me). Some people work better at home, others like the structure of an office. It seems ridiculous to try and sort people in this way.
For years successful people wore a suit and tie to the office. Mark Zuckerberg wears a hoodie every day. I like to get to the office at 7:30am while my colleague rolls in at 10:30am. However, I leave at least an hour before he does every day. Despite our different styles, both of us are very good at our jobs.
So. What then is the one thing that every single successful person does?
They work hard.
Done. Simple as that. Some successful people have great personal lives, some don’t. Some are very nice people, others aren’t. Some are physically and emotionally healthy and still, others are not. On top of that, some are happy- but not all are. There is no formula for success so stop trying to find one. Just do your best every single day! And remember that your best is not perfection.