10 Things Successful People Do

10 Things Successful People Do

  1. They work hard – They have learned and developed a habit of taking care of responsibilities before they have fun. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4).
  2. They have identified their greatest strengths and function primarily from them – We each have unique gifts to offer the world. The wise person will discover what they are (even if it takes a while to do so) and actively seek opportunities to utilize them. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:6).
  3. They develop a perspective of hope – After love, hope is the most powerful force to create positive transformation in us, through us, and around us. There are no hopeless circumstances, just hopeless people. Once people get true hope, circumstances cannot stay the same. “Let us hold fast our confession of hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). We encourage you to explore this blog and resources from our online store if you’re looking to grow in hope. Strengthening people in hope and joy is our calling!
  4. They value and cultivate healthy relationships – Perhaps the greatest measurement of success is the degree of positive influence we have upon the people in our lives. We cannot be successful if we leave a trail of relational pain behind us. I Corinthians 13 teaches us if we have not love, the great things we do will profit nothing.
  5. They overcome obstacles and failures – Those who succeed most seem to fail most. Every person must overcome obstacles, setbacks, disappointments, and failures on the road to success. If we refuse to quit or give up, we will succeed. In fact, let’s rename failure “learning”, viewing each failed attempt as an opportunity to learn and grow closer to achieving our goals. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
  6. They focus more on what is happening in them than what is happening through them – Success is not a goal to be obtained but a state of being. This counter-cultural statement is often hard for many to receive, but true success is an inside job. God’s pathway for us to become people of great influence is for us to first learn how to become internally successful when we don’t appear to be externally successful. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
  7. They understand big things always start out small – As we do small things in a great way, they will become great. Even God’s big solution for salvation and reuniting His children to Himself started small in Jesus coming as a baby. “For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10).
  8. They take risks – Certainly we need a good process to help us in decision making, but if we always play it safe, we will never reach our full potential. “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Romans 12:1).
  9. They understand the reality of spiritual laws – Just as natural laws like the law of gravity work for everyone, so do spiritual laws like generosity, honor, and honesty. God’s laws are not rules simply to be obeyed, but powerful principles to access increase and blessing in and through our lives. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night…and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:2-3).
  10. They honor Jesus Christ – True success begins with proper spiritual alignment in our lives, and Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). As we align and surrender our spirits and souls to Him, we immediately position ourselves to prosper. Jesus said, “I have come to give you life, and life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

This is not a complete list of things successful people do, but if you implement these, it will dramatically increase the inward and outward expression of success in your life.


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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.