The Difference in Habits Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Even though the title of this site is “Lifestyle, Glamour, & Fame,” the real purpose of this site is to talk about success in all its forms, and what it takes to be a successful person. A luxurious lifestyle, glamour, and fame are just some of the outward, obvious symbols that many people associate with success, and that’s why this site is called what it is. But my true intention has always been to look at success at a deeper level, not just on the surface.

With that having been said, today I want to talk about an infographic that I came across on Facebook recently. This infographic, pictured below, highlights the differences in behaviors and characteristics between successful people and unsuccessful people.

In general, I think this is a great summary of the traits that separate those who are successful from those that aren’t, but I wanted to briefly talk about my four favorite success habits, as mentioned in this infographic:

successful vs unsuccessful people infographic

1. Reading every day

This definitely sits at the top of my list, because as I’ve mentioned on my reading list page, I believe that there are a ton of benefits to reading on a daily basis, one of the biggest benefits being the ability of a good book to act as a mentor that teaches us valuable life lessons, for those of us who don’t have the benefit of having real-life mentors.

2. Accepting responsibility

As this article in Psychology Today discusses, being mature enough to accept responsibility for your actions, instead of blaming others, can both empower you and bring you closer to others. If you look at those who have found success in life, it’s easy to notice that the majority of these individuals take full responsibility for the outcomes that they experience in their life, both good and bad.

Personally, I subscribe to the belief that everything that happens to me in life is ultimately my responsibility, so, to the best of my ability, I never lay blame on anyone else.

3. Setting goals

If you don’t set specific, measurable goals and put them down on paper, it’s very likely that you won’t get the things you really want in life. Heck, without written goals, you may not even have a very clear picture of what it is you really want in life.

Brian Tracy wrote a great book on the importance of setting goals that I highly recommend. The book, called “Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible,” explains why some people achieve all their goals, while others simply dream of having a better life. You can find it on Amazon here.

4. Embracing change

This is a trait that’s very near and dear to my heart, so-to-speak. I’ve been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to see from first-hand experience the negative effect that an inability to accept and embrace change can have on a person’s life. Some of my closest friends have such a fear of change that they just want to live in the same small town, working the same entry-level job, for the rest of their lives.

While some people might say that it’s a good thing to be “content” with what you have in life, for those of us who strive for greatness in life, our only option is to embrace change, as the very nature of success involves growth as a person, which is synonymous with change.


 

So there you have it – those are my four favorite success habits. If you start adopting some of these habits in your own life, as I have in mine, I can guarantee you’ll immediately start to notice a positive shift in both your lifestyle and mindset. And if you find it really difficult to start new habits (or break old ones), stay tuned, because in a future post I’ll talk about some ways to more effectively change your habits.

Until next time…

“How To Make Money $$$,” and other gems from Alex Ikonn

Well hello there! As I mention in my profile page, I want this blog to a melting pot of all the different things that go into lifestyle, glamour, and fame – also known as success. Whether it’s a motivational video or story from one of my many virtual “mentors,” practical, actionable advice on how to build your personal brand and develop yourself, or commentary on the latest fashion trends and lifestyles of the rich and famous, my goal is to share the best information possible on living the good life.

In today’s post, I want to talk a little bit about motivation and inspiration. Over the course of my life, I’ve personally found that before you can take action towards achieving your goals, you need to get motivated. One of the best ways that I’ve been able to get motivated and inspired to improve my own life is by looking to the examples of others who have climbed and fought their way up the ladder of success.

One such person is Alex Ikonn, one of the founders of Luxy Hair, a company that makes clip-in hair extensions that I personally use and love. I’ve been using Luxy Hair extensions for a while now, and it was because of this that I found out about Alex and his wife Mimi. To me, this young married couple is the perfect example of a modern success story.

Alex and Mimi come from a city just outside of Toronto, Ontario, not far from where I live. Several years ago, just before their wedding, Mimi came home crying after buying some hair extensions that just weren’t very good. Alex, seeing an opportunity, asked Mimi all kinds of questions about hair extension, and decided that he could create a product that solved some of the problems Mimi had with the hair extensions she bought. Sure enough, within a year, Luxy Hair was not only born, but was a massive success, making over a million dollars in revenue.

Alex attributes a lot of their success to their unique form of marketing, which is primarily done through their YouTube channel. This channel started with a simple video reviewing a hair straightener, and has grown to feature hundreds of videos that teach women (myself included) amazing and unique ways to style their hair. Without ever really pitching the product or being overly sales-y, these videos have helped drive a ton of traffic to their business, and has made Alex and Mimi relatively overnight successes.

In Alex’s interview on London Real, which I’ve posted below, Alex talks in detail about the concept of always looking to add value and solve problems with your business. For someone such as myself who wants to grow their personal brand and business, this interview gives a lot of practical advice. It’s also extremely motivational, as it shows how having the right mindset and work ethic can lead to success.

I highly recommend watching this interview with Alex. If you have any thoughts you want to share, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…