4 Beliefs of Successful (and Happy) People!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Guest Posts, Professional Development | 12 comments

We all want to succeed in life. What success looks like is different for each of us. Whatever success looks like to you, please enjoy this guest post by M.Farouk Radwan exploring the the belief systems of successful people. These 4 beliefs encourage not only success, but happiness, too! I live by all 4 beliefs and they have nurtured plenty of happiness and success in my life.

How your belief system determines your level of success in life.

In the past I kept reading stories about successful people all around the globe who managed to achieve success even though they started from scratch. While the fields that those people succeeded at were so different, there was a common theme between them all. All of those people thought exactly the same way! If this proves anything it shows that one of the factors that directly affect our level of success in life is our belief systems.

 So what kind of beliefs do those successful people share?

1)     They control their destiny: Every successful person in the world believes that he is in control of his life and he rarely blames an external factor for his failures. Those people don’t believe in luck or the unfairness of life but instead they know that they can change their lives to the better even if they were facing lots of obstacles.

2)      They don’t ever give up: When you read about the success stories of successful people you will find that most of them didn’t succeed before tens of failed attempts. The person who succeeds in life is the one who always knows that success happens after lots and lots of failures. Thomas Edison failed 999 times before he managed to invent the lamp!

3)      They believe in themselves: You might wonder how can a person keep trying and trying even though he is failing. Simply put, that person doesn’t give up because he believes in himself. All successful people believe in themselves and that’s why they kept trying even though they fail. The founder of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) traveled to four different states trying to sell his secret recipe which was rejected hundreds of times before he managed to find someone to accept it.

4)      They are committed to action: Some people are dreamers. They keep talking about their big plans without ever starting on any of them. Successful people are doers and they hardly procrastinate. They understand how precious time is and so they stay committed to their plans all year round.

So how can you become successful?

In simple words, change your belief system so that it matches the belief system of successful people!

Of course it’s not as easy as it sounds. In order to change your beliefs you need to keep an eye on your self-talk for it’s the most common factor that results in the change of beliefs. Whenever you find your self-talk supporting negative, change it to positive self-talk.

As the time passes your beliefs will change and you will start thinking like successful people.

success ahead

Written by M.Farouk Radwan

Farouk is a full time blogger and is the founder of http://www.2knowmyself.com a website that has over 1000 self help, personal development and psychology articles. You can Add him on Google+ here

I love your comments! Do you agree with these 4 beliefs of successful people? What other beliefs lead to success?

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  1. Hey Farouk,

    Really inspiring post. Successful people faced failure all the time. Their products were rejected and their ideas trashed. But they kept on fighting till they achieved what they were working for.

    One more point I would like to add is that they have a lot of patience to see their vision through.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Ashvini! I’m so glad you enjoyed this guest post by Farouk. I love what he shared here!

      I have learned that failure is not defeat, nor does it mean you’re unsuccessful. Failure really only suggests it’s time to try again!

      I love that you shared patience, as well. I agree, being successful in any goal- business or personal- requires patience. Life often doesn’t happen on our desired timeline, and patience gives us space to enjoy our journey each step of the way while we’re on track towards our goals.

      Thanks for joining the conversation! Have a grateful day!


  2. I most certainly believe these four steps, Farouk and Chrysta!

    I can attest to this being absolutely true. If a person wants to be successful, they will have to take control of that success; and go after it with a fervent passion like they’ve never gone after anything ever before.

    Faith in oneself is essential as well. If we don’t believe in ourselves, we can’t expect others to believe in us either. We have to tackle our inner self-sabotaging beliefs about ourselves, because if we don’t they will certainly poke their head into the ongoing journey to success.

    Each of these steps were dead on point! Thank you Farouk for sharing, and thank you Chrysta for presenting them to us. Good stuff! :)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Deeone! Didn’t Farouk knock this one out of the park? I loved the beliefs he shared and I agree with, and use, every one.

      Have a grateful day!


  3. I love the selection you’ve made….totally spot-on. I must admit that I have some troubles with the “never give-up” one, as sometimes is really tough to find the motivation to keep going…But then I think of all the successful people and indeed, success did not come easy for most of them…

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Susane!

      It can be challenging to keep going when you keep getting turned down. I’ve found it easier to motivate myself when I focus on doing my best every day rather than focusing on the end goal. When I am excited and engaged in my day-to-day efforts it helps me keep going even when things don’t seem to be working out the way I thought they would.

      Have a grateful day!


  4. Great guest post, Farouk! Thanks Chrysta for enabling this! Through each element there is an essential mindset that is present, and that is the mindset of trying. To be successful in whatever you pursue, you have to try… you have to step out and see what works. It was places in position to be “lucky” at times as well as learn by doing. Each step we take, we get better and get closer to achieving our mission. Grateful for your insights! Jon

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon!

      Action is essential to success, I agree. If we don’t try, we’ll never know if we can. Even if we can’t- at first- we learn a little more each time we try.

      Thanks for joining the conversation! Have a grateful day!


  5. Hey Farouk,

    This is such an inspiring post! What the biggest misconception is that successful people are either “born different” or have the “best of opportunities”. I would agree to the opportunity part to some extent but then success is what you make out of the opportunities that has been given to you. But yes, consistent determination and focus on your goals does go a long way in making a success story.

    I loved the highlight on the point on believing in yourself. What makes all the difference is that no matter how much others lose hope on you; you never have to lose hope in yourself. That can be the breaking point of it all!

    A wonderful post! Have a great day!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Hajra! I’m glad I’m not the only one that enjoyed this guest post by Farouk.

      I agree believing in yourself is a great practice! When I started believing in myself other people started believing in me, too. But the best part of believing in myself is not what other people do, it’s what I do. When I’m empowered and confident I can do almost anything I set my mind to do!

      Have a grateful day!


      • True, once we believe in ourselves; other start seeing us as the go getter who will keep moving on despite all odds and that makes one feel much more confident and determined in moving on!

        I always feel so wonderful when I come read the posts here! :)

        • The feeling is mutual, Hajra! Every time you leave a comment I feel so wonderful! I admire your inspiration and humor. Thanks for being you!


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