Surprising Habits Common to Successful People

Hard work and determination alone can get you somewhere, but not always to the top of the ladder. The most successful people have forged a common set of habits that distinguish them from the rest. In my business of bookkeeping in Brisbane, I have had the opportunity of meeting successful entrepreneurs who have established stable businesses. They are the hard workers, the dedicated, and determined.

And I also get to know some of the really successful people who have brought new achievements to the industry, the city, and the whole world. Here are some of the surprisingly simple and sensible set of habits common to them;

Go to Bed Early

We know that many one of the important habit to success is waking up early. This allows entrepreneurs to focus on the tasks and to work uninterrupted. This is only possible if you hit the sack early. Successful people party too! They only manage it better – limiting to big company events or during the weekends when no important tasks are lined up in the morning.

Avoid Decision Fatigue

They don’t sweat the small stuff. Notable corporate leaders have eliminated the need for day-to-day decision-making. This is why Mark Zuckerberg wears grey t-shirt to the office daily. Successful people opt to drive the same car, eat the same breakfast, and follow a daily schedule. The routine frees them from making small unimportant decisions and focus on bigger more significant ones.

Know When to Say NO

Most successful people know to differentiate a good opportunity from a great opportunity. While we would likely grab at any chance to earn money or improve ourselves, industry leaders will focus on achieving the biggest goal. All time, money, and energy are spent only on significant activities. They will disregard anything that will distract them from achieving that goal.

Accept your Weaknesses

Great people are the first to admit their weaknesses and personality flaws. They don’t try to hide or ignore the imperfections. While many would try to work on to improve on the flaw – successful people focuses on his or her strengths. They believe that working to eliminate a weakness is pointless and a big waste of time and effort. Instead, they will find other people who are good in areas where they fail and work together as an efficient and successful team.

Sweat out the Boring

Don’t be surprised if your boss can easily fill in your post. Before they get successful, they have spent time and a lot of effort learning all aspects of the business – even the boring, lowly and dirty, and most repetitive of the tasks. Learning a process is the best way for them to find the best person for it and know that they are delegating the task to capable hands. All my Brisbane bookkeeping clients know how to keep books, they also know the importance and advantages of delegating the bookkeeping aspect to the professionals.

Focus on Health and Wellness

Most successful people live the longest most productive lives. They take care of their health and wellness. They eat right, sleep well, and exercise regularly. They eat big healthy breakfasts, have simple workout routines, and a lot still cook their own meals.

Frugal Spenders

Despite the availability of more than enough disposable funds, successful people are not big spenders. They don’t purchase on whim, and will invest time to research and do comparison shopping for bigger purchases like cars, investments, or real estate properties. They don’t see any logic in paying the full price if you can get them for half at the end of the season. They have a budget, and they stick to it.


All the successful entrepreneurs I knew and worked with my Brisbane bookkeeping firm are readers. They always have a book with them and they don’t waste a minute of their day. They took it out or listen during waiting times, while commuting, or while exercising. Many set a specific time of the day, usually before bedtime, to read. Reading allows them to learn on the successes and failings of other great people, expand their knowledge, and cultivate their creativity.