You only have to read some biographies of great people, like this one
about Stephen Spielberg, or this one
, about Oprah Winfrey, to realize that success has more to do with persistency and consistency than with chance.
We’ve researched some of these biographies to make this list of habits many of them have in common:
- They wake up early – Research has shown, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently
- They plan – Successful people set goals, reflect and learn from their mistakes. Often they use some kind of notebook to achieve this. Famous people, like Eminem and J.K.Rowling keep a journal to map their progress
- They take action – Making plans and goals will not take you anywhere unless you take the necessary steps to fulfil them. Don’t be overwhelmed by goals if they are big. Break them down into smaller, manageable pieces that you can action – but take action!
- They look after their health – Successful people understand the truth behind healthy, body healthy mind. Eating right and exercising mind and body is part of their routine, as is getting enough sleep (that means eight hours a day).
- They welcome failure as a part of learning – nobody has ever achieved without having had to overcome obstacles. “Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah Winfrey.
Note: this list is by no means exhaustive – feel free to add and change as you see fit. Discuss them with your class – and maybe throw down a challenge to see how many of them they can put into practice! A follow up lesson at the end of term on how using these habits affected their achievements could be very powerful.
Take a look at our Career Quiz Lesson Plans
to help students adopt productive approaches to thinking about, planning and working towards their future career.