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The Secret Recipe for Success: 5 Habits of Highly Successful People

Dr. Nusrat Habib Rana

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Success does not come easy—in fact it takes a lot of hard work, consistency, and patience. Successful people cultivate healthy habits that help them achieve their goals. Little by little, they work on themselves until they develop traits that help them realize their dreams.

In fact, successful people all over the world view success as something to work on every day—not as something gained overnight.

So, what habits can you pick from successful people that can help you achieve your goals as well? Successful people are committed and patient. They put in the hard work but they don’t expect to reap instant benefits.

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Reading is a habit that many successful people incorporate early in their life, no matter how busy they are. In fact, people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Vera Wang, all have dedicated hours every day to reading.

Try reading books that are not directly related to your profession or career—it will help you experience life from another perspective and teach you knowledge i.e. beyond your expertise.

Overcome your fears:

Successful people ensure personal growth by stepping out of their comfort zone and overcoming their fears. For instance, if you are scared of public speaking, don’t let this fear control you to the extent where you can’t say anything in front of people; in fact, make sure to speak at your team meetings so that you overcome this fear. Being fearful will not allow you to grow and you will need to overcome your fear to be successful.

Honesty and integrity:

People who are honest with themselves and others will succeed in life. That’s because they don’t find excuses for themselves—if they are lacking in something, they will find a way to fix it, not a way around it.

Honest people are objective with themselves when it comes to self-evaluation. They set strict values for themselves and are consistent with their standard. You will never find them compromising on their integrity for anyone, and that is one of the pathways to success.


If there is one habit that ensures all others, it’s this—self-discipline. Persistence, hard work, patience, they all need a teaspoon of self-discipline for success. There is no way you can attain your goals, no matter how many lists you make daily if you don’t have self-discipline in your life.

Every successful person learns early in life this art of self-discipline, and that is how they ensure that they move closer to their objective every day.


Another commonality between successful people is their habit of exercising. In his five year study about successful people, Tom Corley found that people who exercised had a lot of competitive advantage over people who didn’t.

This is because exercise not only makes you healthier, but it also increases will power, confidence and stamina. If you don’t physically challenge yourself daily with exercise, you won’t be able to handle the challenges life throws your way.

If you want to succeed in life, be patient and be consistent in developing habits that move you closer to your goals. You can also seek an expert’s help in developing productive habits.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Nusrat Habib Rana
Dr. Nusrat Habib Rana - Author Dr. Nusrat Habib Rana is among the Best Psychiatrists in Lahore. Dr. Nusrat Habib Rana is a Psychiatrist practicing in Lahore. She is Ph.D from Spain, MD from China and MCPS from Pakistan. If you wish to seek her advice on mental health issues, please visit oladoc and get an appointment with her.

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