What do you think when you hear the word ‘success’? If you think that success is defined by your job or your academic achievements, you’ve confined yourself to a conventional definition.

It’s common to associate success with professional accomplishments. However, success means different things to different people: some find success in happiness and others in doing something meaningful for society. However different our definitions of ‘success’ may be, it’s something we define for ourselves.

How To Be Successful In Life

Before you learn how to achieve success, find ways to effectively discipline yourself.

Here are a few tips that’ll teach you how to prepare yourself for success:

  1. Build A Growth Mindset

Some of us have a fixed mindset. We think that success isn’t a result of hard work but innate talents. If we believe that intelligence is fixed, we tend to give up more easily in the face of challenges. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is when we feel that we can learn, grow and change through effort. If we believe in our abilities to overcome obstacles, we’re more likely to improve our skills and keep working towards success. Some ways to develop a growth mindset are

  • Remember that your hard work can lead to meaningful growth

  • When you face difficulties, look for ways to overcome those challenges through new skills and knowledge

  • When you look at failure as a learning experience, you’re motivated to learn from your past mistakes

  1. Improve Your Emotional Intelligence 

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and reason with emotions. Emotionally intelligent people are not only able to understand their own emotions, but also respond well to others’ emotions. Emotional intelligence can be developed effectively when you

  • Identify your own emotions and understand what’s causing them

  • Look for healthy ways to manage your emotions

  • Pay attention to others and respectfully listen to them

  1. Discover Your Life’s Purpose

Finding your life’s purpose can seem like an overwhelming task. Some of us take a long time before we recognize what we’re truly passionate about. Harappa Education’s Discovering Purpose course will teach you about what it means to have a larger purpose in life. The Elements of Purpose framework has three parameters that’ll help to identify your purpose. The concept of ikigai will help you understand how to make life meaningful. We feel motivated to pursue our objectives once we recognize the things we want from life.

  1. Strengthen Your Willpower

Willpower is our ability to resist short-term temptations to meet long-term goals. For example, if you want to wake up early tomorrow, you’ll try to avoid social media and sleep on time. It shows that we can exercise our minds and train ourselves to increase our willpower. Here are some strategies to improve your willpower:

  • Distraction is a good way to redirect your thoughts and avoid temptations

  • You can start to practice willpower by pursuing smaller goals and then moving on to pursue larger goals in life

5. Focus On Your Motivations

If you identify the things that motivate you in life, then you’ve cracked one of the codes of how to become successful in life. Unless you get motivated or positively rewarded by your goals, you’ll never find the drive to pursue them. You do things that you enjoy because they’re meaningful to you. When we have something driving our performance, we’re automatically encouraged to pursue our objectives. Some ways in which you can boost your sense of motivation

  • We must continue to challenge ourselves by picking activities or setting goals that get us excited

  • There may be others who are trying to pursue the same goals as you are; this doesn’t mean you start to compare yourself with others and get demotivated


It’s never too late to write your success story. Take Taru Mateti for example—the marathon runner who is breaking boundaries in her 50s! She identified her love for running at the age of 49. She pursued her dream and has become an inspiration for many. Like Mateti, try to define and redefine the meaning of success in life. Find goals that excite you and keep chasing them. Success has no deadline!

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