Eat breakfast | Everybody knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, why? Well, first of all, breakfast kick starts your metabolism so that your body can efficiently and effectively give you energy to get through the day. Secondly, eating breakfast has been positively associated with cognitive functioning, like memory, concentration and performance. Just make sure whatever you decide to eat for breakfast is full of nutritional value, or else these positive effects won’t be as powerful. If you need some inspiration for quick, healthy breakfast ideas, check this out.
Take risks | Number three on this list is so important and something that successful people do quite regularly. They push themselves out of their comfort zones and take advantage of new opportunities, even if it might feel uneasy at first. They try new things, speak their minds and look forward to all the positive outcomes that could follow their actions if they put themselves on the line. There’s no way that Bill Gates could have founded one of the leading technology business in the world without taking risks, for example, dropping out of Harvard (but that definitely doesn’t necessarily mean you should drop out of college). Always remember - you’re as strong a diamond, no one can break you; in other words, there’s no risk not worth taking!
Ask questions | Asking questions can sometimes seem like a scary thing that might make you feel vulnerable, but successful people know that in order to maximize their success and productivity, asking questions is paramount. Imagine if Benjamin Franklin never asked any questions- we wouldn’t have electricity. Or, if Steve Jobs never asked, “How can I position my company to be superior to Microsoft?” Surely, both of these notably successful people asked more questions than we can count and it’s lucky for us that they did. Imagine how different (and more difficult) life would be without iPhones and electricity.
Inspire and encourage others to be successful | The most successful people are not intimidated by other’s success. Instead, they encourage others to always be the best possible version of themselves. Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “It’s a dog eat dog world,” but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Successful people know that there’s enough room at the top to accommodate anyone who puts in the work to climb up there, so they don’t put others down or feel threatened by the accomplishments of others. Success isn’t measured by the amount of money or power you have; it’s about doing what you love, and loving what you do.
Make mistakes (often) | Successful people are always eager to learn and determined to master any activity or task they are confronted with. But, you can’t become an expert without practice, and trying something new means you need to be okay with (and open to) making mistakes. Whether you’re learning to prepare a new dish in the kitchen or sending a probe into space to explore Mars, mistakes are bound to happen and that’s okay. What you shouldn’t do, however, is simply move on and pretend like nothing ever went wrong. Learn to embrace the mistakes you make and use them as experiences for learning, so that the next time around, whatever you are trying to accomplish will be a success (or at least moving in that direction)!
Accept criticism | In the same vein as making mistakes, successful people understand that even their most refined, well thought out ideas always have room for improvement. That’s why they accept criticism and use it as an experience to grow and learn. Sometimes it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that your ideal version of something might not align with the objective ideal, but you’ll probably find that incorporating your ideals with those of others really does produce the (objective) best possible outcome. Warriors are not born, they are molded through experience. Here at Stella Valle, we believe that anyone has the potential to be a Woman Warrior, so long as they accept criticism and use it as fuel to climb the ladder to success.
Don’t procrastinate | Number eight on this list is something that successful people actually try to avoid at all costs: procrastination. Good and bad, up and down, left and right, procrastination and productivity. The more you procrastinate, the less likely you are to spend your time productively. Plus, when you give yourself that extra time to complete a project, you can rest assured that it’s the best piece of work you could have possibly produced.
Take advantage of opportunity | Successful people are always going out of their way to seize any opportunity that they are confronted with. While sometimes it feels easier to do what you know you’re the best at, people with success are always eager to learn more. They want to be able to master any task that is thrown at them, so they’re always open to taking on new ventures. They also frequently go out of their way to find new opportunities and experiences that will better themselves. They understand that most exciting and innovative opportunities won’t just show up on their doorstep; they need to be willing to go look for it, because you know what they say, if opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
Take a break | Successful people might seem like they’re always on the move chasing new adventures. And while they certainly spend a lot of their time searching for opportunity and working extremely tirelessly, they know that it is important to give themselves a much-needed break after all their hard work. Whether it’s curling up in bed at the end of the day and watching a funny Netflix show, or grabbing drinks with some friends after work, successful people are aware that there is always time to do what makes your soul happy!
Lots of Love + Success,
Ashley + Paige