What Makes Some People Highly Successful?

What Makes Some People Highly Successful?
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There’s a lot to be said for checking out the habits of highly successful people, for often they can be copied or adapted to whatever financial result you’re seeking

Discover The Habits Of Highly Successful People

A Successful Political Career Can Pay Dividends

It’s not surprising the best jobs paying the biggest bucks are often on offer to the most successful politicians.

It’s well reported that Tony Blair has been incredibly successful in making millions since leaving office.  Hot on his heels is George Osborne. 

With an obvious head for numbers, he’s successfully banked some pretty big ones for himself.  According to Parliament’s register of MPs interests, since he was sacked by Theresa May in July 2016, George has pocketed £786,450 for 15 speeches, including these eye-watering sums:

  • £51,328 from Aberdeen Asset Management
  • £34,109 from Blackrock
  • £81,174 and £60,578 from JP Morgan
  • £85,396 from Citi
  • £69,992 from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • £80,240 from Palmex Derivatives

He's just accepted a four day a month advisory job from BlackRock worth £650,000 a year, which could rise as he expects to be given shares in the firm too.  And from May 2017, he's going to edit the London Evening Standard newspaper.

No wonder he’s not worried about his £74,000 salary as an MP! 

Not in the same league perhaps, but doing pretty well profiting on his political career is Steve Webb, former pension minister of ‘Pension Freedoms Lamborghini’ fame.  In addition to being successful in picking up a post-political career knighthood earlier this year, he’s bagged a top job with financial services mutual Royal London.

It’s good to see we’re all in this together!

The Habits Of Highly Successful People

Not everyone has such a privileged springboard from which to leap.  Some are self-made.  Here’s a superb infographic highlighting some of the habits of highly successful people.


A Few Thoughts On How To Become Successful

Get The Most Out Of Each Day

Time is a precious resource.  People like Ben Franklin and Elon Musk have previously built their schedules to maximise the amount of productivity they get out of each day. Franklin had a 13 week self-improvement plan, in which he focused in on one specific “virtue” that he valued each week. Musk schedules his days in five minute intervals to minimise wasted time.

Look To Learn

With zero barriers to information, you now have access to more words of wisdom than anyone throughout history. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey understand this – and they make reading and acquiring new knowledge a central part of their self-enrichment strategy.  Buffett, who is known for his voracious reading habit, says reading is like compound interest: “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

Stay Fresh With Exercise

Richard Branson wakes up at 5am every morning to kite surf, swim, or play tennis. He claims this gives him an extra four hours of productivity each day. Go too long without an exercise routine, and you may find your ideas running on empty.

Possess A Strong Mindset

According to many of the world’s highly successful entrepreneurs, the biggest barrier to success is psychological. About 80 per cent of businesses crash and burn in their first 18 months, but many of the entrepreneurs on the other side of that statistic are the ones who simply refused to give up.

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