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One habit common in all successful people

Posted on: October 1, 2010


 What is one common habit of all successful people? Is there one characteristic exhibited by all people whom we consider successful in their lives? Let’s take a look around: famous scientists, famous writers, politicians, artists, businessmen – what make them most successful?    

Is there any formula for success?  If lives of all successful people are studied, we might come across a three step formula for success and one habit which is common to all successful people. The three step success formula can be described as DAP. What is DAP?  



 We can be successful in every project and every aspect of life if we:  


1. Decide  

exactly what we want, we write it down and make a plan to achieve it. 


2.   Take Action.  

Once decision is made, next step is to launch towards our goal. It is said that successful people step out in faith. They take the first step with no guarantee of success. They take off on the journey. 


3.   Be Prepared 

Third step is to make continual corrections, every hour and every day of our life as we fly towards our destination. Successful people expect an inevitable, unavoidable, and unbroken series of problems, difficulties, reversals, setbacks, and crises every day and week of your life. Since they cannot avoid them, their aim is to respond to them effectively  


And now: one characteristic of all successful people.  


They never quit! 


Successful people face challenges of life and deal with situations with one view: Do it again and again till they are successful. Here are very motivating and captivating verses which reminds us not to quit – You may take a printout and place in room where you can see it daily: 


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,  

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,  

When funds are low and the debts are high,  

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,  

When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.  


Life is queer with its twists and turns,  

As every one of us sometimes learns,  

And many a failure turns about – When he might have won had he stuck it out 

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow— You may succeed with another blow.  


Success is failure turned inside out— 

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. 

And you never can tell how close you are. 

It may be near when it seems so far: 

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit— 

Its when things seem worst that – you must not quit. 


Above ideas are from Brian Tracy’s book: Flight Plan.  


Would you like to share any other habit which you consider common in all successful people around us? Your comments are appreciated

19 Responses to "One habit common in all successful people"

Giving up is always a difficult conclusion to come to but when done without consulting you end up sacrificing yourself and your loved ones end up being the ones to pick up the pieces to move forward!
Therefore please consider, consult before making a drastic decision so that in the midst of being uncertain wisdom may prevail.

Very right Jackie – Giving up is really difficult choice!

I love it “They never quit”, but we should also be careful of what we are going to achieve.

Recently met a person who spent 32 years of his life for making houses. He has one house only now and he says that he is successful. Instead of having a house, he lives in a bachelor’s room. So he cannot enjoy even what he has achieved. According to me, he is a total failure.

Had an opportunity to meet an old time friend, a restaurant manager. He always said that he would become Chartered Accountant. He qualified but never had courage to switch his job. He achieved his dream through consistency but couldn’t enjoy what he achieved. He never switched because he was used to the work and life-style of restaurant.

So, these two real cases taught me that if you want to be successful, you have to get your goals good and right (1st example) and secondly, you have to have the power of taking decisions in addition to consistency (2nd example).

Thanks Adeeb sahib for sharing your experiences – These were really great and directly from the ground which tells us that having right goals and having consistency helps us to achieve whatever we want to have in our life – Some one said: If you think you can or you think you cant’, you are right!
Thanks again for sharing

great work sir.

Thanks for appreciation Saleem

nice work ,
in my opinion on DAP, 1st step ” Decision “is very important although other things are also important but right decision on right time will take you to the ulimate goal, so always take right decision

Thanks Mudassir for comments – Intention / firm decision is the starting point – Even if you decide ‘not to do any thing’, it is a decision in itself!

What I liked most about all this was that there is continuous planning and learning and changing if the plan doesnt work. Thats the point where most people either continue in the same manner or give up!!

One can only succeed unless goals are clear in mind and efforts are made to achieve them and and patience is shown untill one gets the desired success. Otherwise, any success would be accidental or God gifted.Accordingly, I think DAP is a right concept.

Thanks Asif Sb – one of the key concepts is to practice DAP in daily life; Thanks again for comments

Great blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it..Motto from it: DAP..NEVER WRAP:))

Thanks Shirin for your comments – “DAP – Never wrap” looks a good motto & a nice tag line as a constant reminder of the three steps mentioned in the post.

I agree. Successful ppl are resilient, their hopes never falter. As our Quaid once said: Try, try and try again until you succeed.”

So true – consistency and persistence count. Some one said: It took me fifteen years for this ‘overnight’ success. People think that I was lucky that i got success. They forget the work and effort of years which I have put into this – thanks for visit and comments – kindly keep on sharing – regards

Malik, very nice. What about making the film that we want by using these types of materials and only thing is to relate with the context….

very nice, good luck – keep always smiling and enjoying life

I have discussed the matter with Hussain as well for making up a success documentary on lives of successful people. Let me know once you are in Islamabad so that we can take it up further – thanks again for comments and visiting the blog

Excellent blog. My take on this is that if we plan well, there is no need to quit!
Quite similar to DAP..

Thanks Hammad bhai for your comment. Appreciate if you can take some time out to write for the blog as a guest blogger on any book of your choice.

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