Published on February 7th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

Ever wonder why some people are more successful than others? Well, over the years, I’ve discovered that most successful people have mastered The Top 10 secrets of success. And these Top 10 secrets — together — help successful people meet their goals and turn dreams into reality. Many of these secrets are common sense, but not common practice.  The key is to study, apply and practice these 10 secrets until you have mastered them. Once you have mastered these 10 secrets, you will be on your way to achieving personal, career, and financial success!


10. Persist!


“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan  Success in anything often requires persistence, your personal effort and commitment to see it through to achievement. The power of persistence is characteristic of all people who have achieved personal, career and financial success. There are three keys to persistence.  (A) Believe in yourself. Reflect on the obstacles you faced to get where you are today. You have proven your ability to persist by getting to where you are right now.  (B) Stay focused. When we take our minds off of our goals, that’s when will see obstacles.  Focus only on your goal. (C) Ask yourself, “How badly do I want it?” When you want something bad enough, you will be willing to persevere and persist until you get it. But the important thing to remember is to not let frustration, discouragement, or circumstances stop you from achieving the success you desire and deserve. In an effort to sustain and persist, you must encourage yourself on a regular basis and share your goals with a confidant who will give you the encouragement and support it takes to succeed. As soon as you realize the power of persistence, the faster you will be on your way to achieving success.


9. Take Action!


“Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou  You must act now on what you desire. You must take action! To successfully take action, without procrastinating, do the following: (A) Divide your goal into smaller workable steps. (B) Make the first step the easiest. Easy gives you a sense of accomplishment. Accomplishment breeds confidence. Confidence fires up your enthusiasm. And enthusiasm energizes you to do more. (C) Take at least 2 steps everyday towards achieving your goal.


8. Network!


“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”  Networking is the most cost-effective tool for reaching an endless stream of influential contacts. To achieve professional and personal gain, it’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you! Your network determines your net-worth! There are three keys to successful networking. (A) Prepare. Successful networking happens when preparation meets opportunity. Be prepared to answer the question, “What do you do?” in 30 seconds or less. (B)Seek every opportunity to meet people. This means to network everywhere. Parking lots, grocery stores, elevators, etc. Start with small talk, because small talk can lead to important talk. (C) Follow up. Most networking opportunities are lost because people fail to follow up. Contact your new lead within 24 hours. By practicing these keys to networking, your list of contacts will increase tremendously.


7. Develop A Plan!


“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X   A plan is your road map and blueprint for success. When people tell me they’re working hard on their goals but still not getting the job or the salary they want, I have a pretty good idea of what’s causing the trouble. It’s usually the lack of a plan. Just like a good coach will not put his team on the field without a plan on how to win, you cannot expect to achieve your goal without a plan on how to accomplish it. The type of plan develop, depends on your goal. For example, if your goal is to be the top sales representative in your company, your plan might include: (A) Strengthen your product knowledge so that you know it better than anyone else. (B) Learn as much as you can from the current top sales representative. (C) Go to work earlier and leave work later than everyone else. The bottom line is to develop a plan, because as the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.


6. Write It Down!


“I wake up from dreams and go “Wow, put this down on paper.”  Michael Jackson  Writing down your goal is essential in making it become a reality. A written goal provides motivation, gives your mind a target, keeps your destination in sight, and it activates your positive mind and energizes you. Each of your goals should be written in one complete sentence. When you write your goals down, you are making a commitment to achieve them. But the key to successful goal writing is to be specific. For example, let’s say you want to buy a new car. If you define your goal as simply wanting to buy a new car, dozens of unanswered questions remain: what kind of car, what price range, what color, what make, what year, what model, what options? Without specifics, your mind ends up with confusion and questions instead of answers and directions. However, once you define the car you are after in terms that are specific and measurable, the process becomes simpler. Your goal becomes easy to visualize. The clearer the goal, the more easily it can be achieved. 


5. Visualize!


“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Proverbs 29:18   To successfully achieve your goals, you must have a clear vision of what you want or expect. Visualization is the process of creating a mental picture of what you want to happen before it has happened. Visualizing a goal consistently, as having already been achieved, seeing yourself in the vision and feeling the feelings you would have, instructs your mind to present you with the thoughts, actions and words required to accomplish that goal as soon as possible. Trying to reach your goals without visualizing the end result is as unnecessarily hard as trying to put a jigsaw puzzle together but refusing to look at the completed picture on the cover.  Make it easier on yourself and have a lot more fun while you’re at it…visualize!


4. Set A Goal!


“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” Stevie Wonder  A well-chosen goal is like an adventure. It’ll spark your imagination and give you reason to stay up late and get up early! It’ll put passion in your life and direction in your purpose! Successful people know why setting a goal works: (A) Goals help to give us direction. (B) Goals help confirm what we want. (C) Goals help keep us motivated for the long haul. Successful people also know that setting goals that are realistic and achievable is like creating stepping-stones across a stream. They actually encourage, inspire us to come forward! So set realistic goals, those you find believable and achievable and you’ll face challenges with determination and motivation.


 3. Discover Your Purpose!


 ”I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. “  Will Smith  Have you ever seen anyone perform their job with such energy, enthusiasm and passion that they said, “I love what I’m doing so much, I would do it for free!”  If so, you have witnessed someone who has discovered their purpose! Here are five tips to help you discover your purpose. (A) Reminisce on your childhood. Often times our early childhood dreams reveal our true passion. (B) Listen to those you trust. I’m sure you’re heard people say, “You’d be a great doctor or attorney or singer, etc.” People say things to us and about us because they have glimpsed a part of us we might have not seen. (C) Consider your strengths. What are your talents, what’s easy for you, what keeps you intrigued? There is a good chance a purpose could be in there waiting for you. (D) Write your epitaph. That’s right! Go to the end of the story. What do you want others to say about you when you’re gone? Again, these dreams and wishes often hold a purpose too. (E) Ask yourself the million dollar question. Pretend you won 1 million dollars. However, before you can pick up the check, you must choose a job that will make you happy. Any job! So, the million dollar question is: what job would you choose? The job you choose is a good indication of your life’s purpose.


2. Associate with Positive People!


“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” Booker T. Washington  Surround yourself with people who are enthusiastic and passionate about life and live life to the fullest!  These are positive people. And positive people appreciate you and value you. Stay away from negative people.  Negative people are toxic, and full of drama. Negative people are like vampires, they’ll suck all the positive energy out of you. Negative don’t care you if you achieve your goals or become successful. Some actually hope you don’t achieve anything. They want you to be miserable like them. There’re the ones who will ask, “Why are you working so hard? You know you’re not going to get that promotion.”  Positive people, on the other hand, are uplifting and supportive. They’ll say, “Hang on in there, don’t give up. That promotion is yours!” So, make the decision to only associate with positive people, because positive will lift you up, while negative people will pull you down.


1.  Develope A Positive Attitude



 “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ” Oprah Winfrey  The key to achieving success begins with your attitude. In fact, studies show that you will achieve ten times more with a positive attitude than you will with a negative attitude. So let’s define it. A positive attitude is: (A) A personal outlook that looks for the best in people, places, events and circumstances. (B) A personal outlook that sees goals as possible and (C) A personal outlook that views failure, or disappointment as “bend in the road…not the end of the road.” This doesn’t mean you’re happy every minute. You can still feel the sting of disappointment. However, you bounce back! A positive attitude helps to make you resilient! Choosing to be positive is the most effective and quickest way that I know to achieve your goals and become the success that you so desire.

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5 Responses to “Top 10 Secrets of Success”

  1. Trisha Says:

    A positive attitude is always a good start but one of my favorite words is “PUSH”. No matter where in your life you want to acheive success you need to find the will to push yourself in that direction.

  2. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Love, love, love these top 10 secrets of success!!!

  3. Leon Says:

    Thank you Lenora!

  4. Christine Says:

    This was great! A no fail blueprint for success ! I will refer back to again and again! Remember ” You have the Victory as long as God get’s the Glory ! “. Evangelist Christine Mayo.
    ( When life challenges your Faith…..through it All keep on Trusting God ! )

  5. Leon Says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback Christine.