Six Daily Tasks to Achieve Success

What is “success”? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “a degree or measure of succeeding; a favorable or desired outcome, or the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.” While this might be the objective, dictionary definition, there are also many subjective definitions.

Success varies from person to person; whether that is for someone going through a career change or reaching the pinnacle of their career. The great thing about the path to your own success is that you are in control of it; there is no one path to that everyone should take. While this is true, there are some ways that will help you get there.

Figuring out what works for you is a key aspect of success. Although you can’t mimic what others do “to a t,” you can find inspiration from how some of the most successful business leaders go to where they are today. According to an article by CNBC Contributor Dustin McKissen, some of the most influential leaders from Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey to top CEOs from mega companies like Google and Facebook view success as an ongoing effort. Additionally, there are six things you should do each day if you want to achieve success however you define it.

Read a book that isn’t directly related to your career

When looking for tips on how to be successful, there is plenty of literature out there offering up some advice. If you’re looking to test the limits of your comfort zone and expand your knowledge, pick up a book that has nothing to do with your industry. You will gain a new perspective and be able to apply it back to your career.

McKissen mentions that Elon Musk reads plenty of science fiction and biographies. The entrepreneur is involved in a variety of industries and can use his broad interests in his career.

Get sweaty

Making time during your week to exercise is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health. This advice, however, has nothing to do with exercise. Instead, the “sweat” referred to has more to do with getting out of your comfort zone. If you never test the limits of your comfort zone, you won’t reach your full potential.


As mentioned, exercising is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Author Tom Corley conducted a five-year study of “rich” people (something that people equate with success), he found that “those who have forged the habit of exercising aerobically have tremendous competitive advantages over those who don’t.”

Some of the most successful, self-made billionaires including Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and Sherly Sandberg make time each day to exercise. Not only will you feel better, but you will be able to think more clearly and ultimately be more productive.

Give back

Many successful people would not be in their current position without a little help from those around them. Whether a mentor helped give life-changing advice, or a professor instilled a message during a class, behind most successful people there are a few influences. As a result, many choose to give back and “pay it forward” so people in similar positions can also make it.

For example, many athletes choose to donate back to their respective schools so current student-athletes have access to top of the line facilities to best prepare for their seasons. However, giving back is not restricted to money. You can dedicate time by volunteering, or offering to help someone. As McKissen says, “If you’re too busy to give back or return a favor, then you’re too busy to succeed.”

Take a moment to remember your competition

While you might not necessarily have “haters,” chances are you have some competition out there. You are likely always competing, with coworkers, fellow job seekers, etc. If you fail to realize this, you might end up coasting and falling behind. When you take a moment to remember the competition, it will light a fire in you and provide motivation to continue moving forward.

Get outside and think

Let’s face it; today, we live in a “heads-down” society. We are constantly connected to our network, which is both a good and bad thing, but thanks to having smart phones in our pockets 24/7 it becomes hard to disconnect. Every once in a while, we should all disconnect and take time to smell the roses – literally.

Big name CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson conduct meetings on foot because it sparks creativity. According to Branson, “I find it to be a much quicker way of getting down to business, making a decision and sealing the deal. Plus, it’s a great way to fit in a bit of exercise and stay focused on a busy day.”

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