09/17/2012 09:32 am ET Updated Nov 11, 2012

The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams

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Success is something we all aspire towards. Unfortunately, it doesn't come easy and it won't just happen over night. It takes hard work, time and perseverance. To be successful, one must mirror the common practices of people who are already successful and follow in their footsteps. Amassing great wealth is no walk in the park, but having case studies and understanding what others have done can help set you on the right path to reach your goals and dreams.

Here is a brief list of the 10 things that these ambitious and unstoppable people did to see success.

The 10 things successful people live by before they make it:

10. No excuses
We all have several voices in our minds that speak to us. There is the voice that tells us to work hard, never quit and focus on the task that is presented to us. It also pushes us to finish the task before we move on to the next and aspire towards our utmost potential. On the contrary, we unfortunately also have a voice that tells us to take a break, procrastinate, be lazy or stalk girls on Facebook.

No ones life is perfect and we are all faced with variables and injustice from time to time. Instead of sitting there feeling sorry for yourself, letting it get to you and giving you reason to make excuses, push forward and put it behind yourself. Use it as motivation and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good. Excuses will only slow you down, making it imperative to find a way to erase them from your mind.

9. It's not just about materialism
Materialistic items are surely a part of your motivation, but they should be a tiny part of the motivation within you. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

Find other motivators besides materialistic objects that will drive you-more fundamental motivations instead of just objects that can just come and go. It will be something within you that will trigger your ambition. It could be an ex girlfriend, someone telling you that you will fail or even revenge.

8. Early mornings and late nights.
The early bird gets the worm, as the saying goes. Successful people didn't sleep in late or take days off. They worked extremely hard and passionately every single day until they reached their goals. Your personal life and social life will be toned down, but your focus will completely be on your goals with early mornings and late nights.

When you are striving for success there is no such a thing as days off. Until your goal is complete everything else in life should come second. You should be up as early as possible and not go to bed until you can't physically keep your eyes open anymore. There is no substitute for hard work.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Things may come to those who wait... but only the things left by those who hustle." If you want to be successful, you're going to have to out hustle everyone else.

7. The greatest commodity.
The greatest commodity we all have is time, but energy is just as important as time. The more energy we have within us, the easier it is to focus, and a higher quality of work is the result. Your output equals your input.

One of Richard Branson's 'keys to success' is staying in great physical shape. So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out? It may be.

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success - in every meaning of the word.

6. Principles.
Principles and morals are two things that are in-existent in our modern day society. It has almost become a thing of the past.

Take a look at Winston Churchill. The man had principles like no other. The difference between him and the general populace is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. If you want to be successful, you will emulate Churchill and have faith in your ambitions. Live your life by what you believe, don't just change because it's the cool thing to do.

One of Apple's principles is to bring change to the world through technology, and they do it with every product they release.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn't be any better. They shouldn't change no matter what.

5. Wavering and unbreakable faith.
We cannot stress how important it is to have unbreakable faith instilled within yourself and in your mind. Many people question if their dream is going to come true. The strong have unbreakable faith and believe what they are doing is right.

Even if you have moments that are doubtful, take your unbreakable faith to defeat your self-doubt.

Have your moments of doubt. You're human. Just don't let that doubt eat you up. Instead, let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

4. A reason.
You would be surprised how insecure many successful people are. What has motivated many of them to succeed is having something to prove to others to help alleviate their insecurities.

From these insecurities emerges a desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong that failure simply was never an option. If you want to be successful you have to have that powerful driving force behind you to stay motivated.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

The reason is completely up to you and no one can judge you from it. One of our reasons is a teacher a very long time ago telling us that we would never amount to anything. I remind myself that quote every morning when I wake up.

3. They persevered when others didn't.
As we have stressed in many other articles before, perseverance is one of the biggest tools to success. Success can come tomorrow or 5 years from now. You truly never know.

Quitting should never be an option or even a thought. The only time you should stop is when you ultimately reach your goal and then create a new mission and a new apex.

We don't know when our breakthrough will come. So don't guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.

2. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.
If you know the system then you will understand how to beat it. Our society downgrades how important it is to know the craft, but we here understand how important this is. Take hours of your time and study to perfection. Be humble and know the craft better than anyone.

When people think of Mike Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Tyson watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first and a fighter second.

Being a drone and simply going through the motions is no way to achieve greatness. Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It'll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.

1. Risk.
As the saying goes, with no risk comes no reward at all. Those who have achieved the most success have laid it all on the line for what they passionately believed in. It truly takes guts to risk it all, but eventually that is what you are going to have to do. If you believe in what you are doing there should be no fear in risking your life on it.

Do you really want to sit there in regret with a bunch of "what ifs" in your mind?

"The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent"- A Bronx Tale

Risk if you truly want to see the reward. Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it. The world is yours you just have to take it.


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