What Are The Habits of Highly Successful People?

Niklas Göke
May 4, 2017 · 5 min read

I’ve been sitting on an answer to this question for a long time. It’s one of the most asked questions in recent history. When you google “habits of successful people,” you get 3.6 million results, and it feels like they’re 3.6 million different ones.

I mean look at this:

7 habits here, 9 there, throw these 10 on top, here’s another 50, can’t forget those 12 and oh, here’s another 18, just to be safe.

Bullshit.

Infographics don’t help either:

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Isn’t part of handling problems well not to meddle too much in other peoples’? How can I accept responsibility for their problems if I want them to succeed? Aren’t the right people those that I don’t have to forgive all the time?

This doesn’t make any sense! I’m sure you can see my struggle with coming up with a good answer to this question. The more I think about it…

…the more controversial ones come to mind.


Not caring about opinions.

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Caring a lot about opinions.

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Setting goals.

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Setting no goals.

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Reading a lot.

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Reading nothing at all.

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More sleep.

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Less sleep.

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Networking.

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Ignoring everybody.

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Never quitting.

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Always quitting.

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How can this be? These are all polar opposites, yet they all work. Why is that? There is one simple reason.

There is no such thing as the one set of habits of successful people.

If anything, successful people gravitate towards the extreme ends of these spectrums — or even pull from both sides, depending on the situation.

In the end, there’s only one thing successful people share:

They know who they are.

Including you.


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I write more here. This started as an answer on www.quora.com.

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