Carving out a successful career can be quite the roller-coaster; exciting, overwhelming, stressful and fulfilling all at once.

The 20’s are considered as the defining period for your career as this is the time for laying the foundation of what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life.

So, besides working your butt off for 24 hours a day while surviving on coffee and crisps (which is not okay, by the way, because successful people follow a healthy diet), here are 25 habits of successful people:


First and foremost, successful people are passionate about what they do. As the proverb says, “do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”.

Successful people are risk takers. They proceed despite the risk of danger. Success is not for sissies.

And because they’re risk takers, they don’t shy away from challenges.

Being innovative and pushing boundaries is what most successful people thrive on. It’s as exciting as it is a challenge.

Successful people usually go the extra mile in their work. Doing more than what is expected of you will not only increase your knowledge and skill set, but will create a personal brand of competency, excellence, and reliability.

Most successful people choose to focus on their careers rather than love in their 20s. Celebrities like Beyoncé, Michael B. Jordan and Meagan Good chose to focus their energies on their careers in their 20s. Take a look at their lives now.

Keeping a work journal, writing down past successes and future goals, is a great method that successful people employ to track their career progress.

Also, having a mentor or an accountability partner is important for overall career growth. It takes a village to raise a boss.

Instead of taking long vacations at the end of the year after not having a break at all, successful people take short vacations during the year, or one or two days off every two to three months. It’s a good way to unwind and unplug from the office while keeping the work pile in a manageable state.

Looking like a street style fashionista at fashion week isn’t what most successful people concern themselves with because it’s not as important as doing your job well. Wearing the same thing every-day is more than okay.

Successful people usually carry their laptop bag with everything they need for the day as well as a lunch bag. The less bags you have, the better.

Successful people actually sleep. 7.5 hours of sleep is the average amount of sleep you need to operate at your best.

And they also make time for exercise. All you need is 45 minutes in a day for exercise. Besides creating your perfect summer body, exercise helps with de-stressing.

Taking a lunch break is actually not an inconvenience, but a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. Peel yourself from your desk for at least 20 minutes each day.

Successful people learn to be great at compartmentalizing their lives. That means you leave your private life at home and put your professional face on when you walk through the office door.

This also means that there is life after work. Successful people make time to breathe and do some of their favourite things, which include hobbies and family time.

Forget about surviving on coffee, bagels and all types of junk food. A healthy diet equals a healthy body and mind, which are all necessary if you plan to work hard and smart.

Also, successful people bring their own lunch to work. It saves money and time. Getting stuck in lunch hour traffic to spend money on junk food is a waste.

They also make use of online services. It’s cheaper and time-efficient.

There is a proverb that says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Successful people surround themselves with like-minded people who are encouraging, positive and supportive.

And they are constantly reading and staying up-to-date with happenings in the world. Living in your own bubble doesn’t apply in the land of the successful.

Also, sending a thesis of an email is a no-no. Successful people usually write short, to-the-point emails.

Their email inbox isn’t cluttered with unread and non-important emails.

Successful people usually avoid meetings at all costs. Meetings are not always necessary, and they take up a lot of time.

Most successful people have a morning routine. U.S. President Barack Obama hits the gym every morning; British author Charles Dickens used to wake up at sunrise and have breakfast at 8am, and Kim Kardashian gets up at 6am for a morning jog before she starts her day.

So, if you want to join in the ranks of highly successful people, try employing these every-day tactics.

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