9 Principles of Success

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We all want to be successful. Most people want to to better than their parents did. We strive to be our best self and even better than that. Over the years I’ve learned 9 Principles of Success that have kept me motivated as I strive for my goals. These principles apply to entrepreneurs, young adults and anyone who desires to do more.

9 Principles of Success

Don’t live your life to please others

Even though you may admire the achievements you see other entrepreneurs accomplish and aspire to do the same or more. You also may push yourself to your personal limits because there was that one person who told you that you would never make it. But you can’t live your life just to please others. Real leaders take action.

Don’t depend on other people to get you ahead

As the leader of your success, you failure or success will be solely determined by your own efforts. If you spend all day waiting for your big break, you will have wasted a lot of time. It’s been said that luck is when opportunity and preparation meet. Take the time you have available to you each day to put yourself one step closer to your ultimate goals.

“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor and Entrepreneur

Keep harmony and compassion in your business and your life

I know we live in a capitalist society, but the businesses and the people that are the most successful and get ahead in their industry are the ones who help others along the way. Harmony is also important to keeping a smooth running operation, whether it be a business or your personal life.

Get Rid of those Backstabbers

You should surround yourself with people that will support you and push you to be your best. People that don’t want to see you succeed are ‘haters’. There’s no definition of haters at so let me break it down for you.

There are 6 Characteristics of Haters

They are Imitators: They pretend like they’re going to get involved when really they just want to steal your ideas.

They are Spectators: They look but don’t lift a finger to help and they are waiting for you to fail.

They are Commentators: They always want to add their ‘two cents’ on your goals even though they’ve never done the same thing you are doing.

They are Dictators: They always want to tell you what to do and how to do it.

They are Agitators: They are always annoying and negative.

They are Hesitaters: They always have an excuse to why they won’t take a step toward achieving more.

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”
David Brinkley, Newscaster

Always be nice

The word ‘networking’ is constantly repeated in our interviews with young entrepreneurs. It’s important to be nice to everyone that you meet. You never know when you might meet the person who will be instrumental in your success.

Free Yourself from Addictions

It doesn’t have to be a drug addiction that prevents you from being successful, you could be addicted to T.V. or other bad habits that kill your productivity. It’s important to prioritize your day and all of your activities. If a bad habit, or an addiction is preventing you from taking action, drop it.

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

Surround yourself with people who are as smart or smarter than you

You will become a better person by getting the mental stimulation you need from those that surround you. When you associate with people who are smarter or as smart as you then you can constantly increase your knowledge.

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” –Donald Trump, Business Mogul

Let Go of Money as Your First Motivation

I’ll admit it, money is a huge motivator for me. It is for most of the contingent workforce. The first time I learned the term ‘opportunity cost’ I began to measure the value in almost everything that I did. But if money is your first motivator then you will lose site of your ultimate goal.

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” –Ray Kroc, Entrepreneur

Be Persistent in Pursuing Your Dreams but Enjoy the Journey

Don’t lose sight of your dreams, goals and aspirations. Make a visual representation of your goals and place it somewhere that you can see it each day. That’s what makes a person successful. When you look at those goals each day your mind will create ways to achieve those goals. Begin with the end in mind but don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

Remember that life is a journey, not a destination.

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LaTisha Styles is a motivational speaker, millennial money expert, and spokesperson specializing in simple finance for millennials. LaTisha is the producer and host of Young Finances TV, a weekly series featuring funny, insightful videos on the basics of personal finance. LaTisha has been quoted in Forbes and Mainstreet, featured in The Economist, and mentioned in US News as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter. You can follow LaTisha on Twitter for daily millennial money tips to budget, invest and achieve success!

  • Daisy @ Add Vodka

    Great post! I am guilty of not doing some of these things for sure. I struggle with cutting anyone I know loose, even if they’re backstabbers. I need to work on that!

  • Wayne @ Young Family Finance

    I’ve always lived by a motto “be so good at what you do, you can’t be ignored.” If you are successful, it will mean that some people praise you while it means conflict with others, but it’s better to be in the race than to be overlooked.

  • Rachel

    I needed to hear this today. I’m in a transitional phase and the fear of the unknown is getting to me. I need to apply these principles as I redirect my interests to building a better blog and a consulting business.

  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    Love the post!! You really hit the nail on the head and I agree with every point. For me, being aware of my weaknesses and controlling them has been huge for me.

  • teensgotcents2

    This is a practical and helpful list LaTisha. From what I know of you, you practice all of these things. You have gone above and beyond to be nice to me and truly helpful. Thanks so much!

    • LaTisha Styles

      Of course! I’m always happy to help, especially those who show initiative like you did.

  • teensgotcents2

    This is a practical and helpful list LaTisha. From what I know of you, you practice all of these things. You have gone above and beyond to be nice to me and truly helpful. Thanks so much!

    • LaTisha Styles

      Of course! I’m always happy to help, especially those who show initiative like you did.

  • Jules@Fat Guy Skinny Wallet

    Love this!!! So great!

  • Jules@Fat Guy Skinny Wallet

    Love this!!! So great!

  • Digital PF

    Great post! Keeping harmony and avoiding problem can go hand-in-hand. Also, I agree with surrounding oneself with smart people. The message is clear, that people really matter a lot in our lives!

  • Shawn James

    Great post, I am agree with your all point that’s authentic principles of success. Yes, first motivation generated own confidence, I thinks it’s necessary to follow these idea and apply them daily life style.

  • Maggie@SquarePennies

    Excellent advice! Not trying to please others saves a ton of money! Keeping your own goals in focus helps with this tremendously!



  • jon haver

    Great post as usual ! It’s important to be surrounded by people who inspire you and help you, and get ridd of all the haters who will do anything to make you fail. Relationships are necessary in the business world, the better they are, the more successful you will be !

  • OutlierModel

    I think that being able to pave your own way and not depend on others to pull you along is key. To be successful, you need to have some leadership qualities, even if you don’t want to be a leader per se.

  • Anthony Thompson

    Excellent! This is just the post that everyone should read. It’s really lays out the blueprint for creating a successful life, and is presented in such detail. I wish I had all of this ammunition when I was much younger. Maybe my life would be different today. In any case, it’s important to learn these ideas and apply them daily. Great post!

  • Lorillia | Your Money Mentor

    This post is so on point, and for years I struggle with trying to please people but not anymore. But I just want to add, “how bout people who really try to convince why you should not be doing something”. As if what they think matters. Again great post.