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…