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13 Powerful Tips How To Not Fail At Life

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We have to face it, success is hard, it is not easy. This is why most people are not successful, only those who are willing to do the hard work for a sustained period, are able to achieve great results in life.

However, that does not mean that you cannot be successful. If you are willing to put in the hard work and do what is required, you too can be successful.

Look at Elon Musk, he is the guy behind Tesla, Solar City, and SpaceX. And even before that, he sold PayPal to eBay for a whopping $1.5 billion? Do you know how much time and effort Elon has poured in to get that kind of result?

How about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? Many people admire his career success in the film industry and most people wanted to be like him. They want to have his tough and macho body. The question is that are you willing to put in that kind of effort and time into building the body you want?

Are you willing to work the work? Most people don’t, that is why they are not successful.

If you are willing to put in the hard work, take action each day, work on your goals, you can be successful too.

And here are 13 tips what you can do to not fail in life…

1. Consistently Strive To Be Better

One of the keys to success is to consistently strive to do better and to improve yourself every day. So let me ask you, do you read or practice to improve your skill each day?

If you don’t, sooner or later, someone with better knowledge or skills will overtake you. The competition is tough these days. Anyone can read a book, learn what you do and do it much better than you.

You have to consistently improve yourself. Set aside at least 30 minutes a day to read books. Constantly upgrading yourself and be innovative.

Imagine if you read a book in a month, within a year, you will have read 12 books. And if each book gives you an idea how to do better, you will have 12 new ideas to in a year.

Do you know how impactful this can be to your life?

Successful people are readers. They constantly read to improve their knowledge and keep themselves updated from time to time.

You have to do the same if you want to achieve the amazing success in life.

Additional read: The Benefits of Reading

2. Success Starts From Your Health

Your goal is not to be the richest person in the graveyard, so make sure your health is your number one priority.

There is no point to having all the wealth in the world but you have no health to enjoy it. When you are healthy, you will have more energy. And when you have the energy, you can accomplish more and do better in life.

Most people don’t really care about their health until it is too late. Never let this happen to you. Spend time exercising every day. Eat better foods and get rid of smoking and drink less often.

Success is really about maintaining a good health level. Do you know that most successful people spend their morning time exercising?

When you read this interesting book, What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, you will notice that most extraordinary people spend their morning exercising.

They know that if they are healthy, they will be more creative and are able to do more. Hence, stay healthy to achieve more.

3. Mixing With The Right People

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” And he is absolutely right.

You will become who you spend the most time with. If you mix around with loser, you will end up a loser. If you want to fly with the eagle, you have to stop swimming with the ducks.

What do you think will happen if a professional tennis player train and practice with a complete beginner? Do you think the professional tennis player will improve and become better? Or do you think his skill will deteriorate?

You know the answer, it is obvious.

You can only become better when you mix with people who are equally good or doing much better than you.

When you join a group of business people, your conversation will be around businesses. But when you join a group of unsuccessful people who are negative, most of the time, you guys will be talking about things are not important.

“Great people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. And small people talk about other people.”

It is time to seriously do some housekeeping and decide who you want to spend the most time with.

Do you want to spend time with other successful people who are doing much better than you? Or do you want to stay the same and spend your time with people who always complain and talk about other people?

Your choice.

fly with eagles

4. Keep Moving Forward

Success requires taking consistent action. If you don’t keep moving forward, you will never get the results you want, period.

Therefore, you have to keep moving forward. Now, you don’t have to spend 20 hours to work on your goals each day.

All you need to do is have the patience and take consistent action. Just like what Robin Sharma suggests, if you take just 5 little steps a day, within a year, you will have accomplished 1825 victories.

And these small victories will accumulate and bring you huge success in life.

It is what you do every day that matters, not what you do once in a blue moon. Success takes time and it is not going to happen overnight.

Michael Jordan was just a rookie like everybody else when he first started to play basketball. However, he practiced every day and keeps moving forward. He was once a beginner, but eventually, he became the master.

You can be the same too. You may be just a beginner in what you do right now, but if you are willing to do the work, practice, improve and take action consistently, somehow you will become good at it and become the master too.

So keep moving forward and keep taking action.

Additional Read: The How Do You Eat An Elephant Principle

5. Commitment And Determination

You need to be committed and determined to achieve outstanding success in life. Like I said, success is not easy, it requires your commitment and determination.

When you are tired and it is late night, but you are yet to work on your goals, do you choose to sleep and leave it to the next day, or do you choose to work on your goals and sacrifice your sleep?

You see, successful people are successful because they are willing to do the hard work where most people choose not to do. And they choose to do it even when they don’t feel like it.

Muhammad Ali has a great quote:

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

Most ordinary people are all about their feelings. They don’t like waking up early in the morning. Let’s be honest, who does?

However, it is the commitment to wake up and the determination to do the hard work that separates the successful and the unsuccessful.

Hence, stop letting your emotions control you. Instead, choose to control your feelings and emotions. Do it and take action even when you don’t feel like doing it.

Choose to practice self-discipline instead of letting your feelings take control of your life.

And this, my friend, is what it takes to be successful.

6. Going The Extra Mile

Always exceed expectations and over deliver. Most people don’t do this anymore. When you walk into to your local store to buy a pizza, that’s all you get and nothing more. People just don’t do more than expected and over deliver.

You get what you expect. Now, imagine what would happen if you over deliver and do more than what is expected?

You create more value. People will remember you. You will become the first choice when people think about your product or service.

This is the secret how you can win the competition and capture the market. You deliver more than what your customers expected of you.

When you do that, you automatically create more value, set the bar higher, and more importantly, you distinguish yourself from the rest, you become unique and special, and you will become extra-ordinary.

Do you know that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the word ‘extra’?

Thus, deliver more than what people expect of you. When your boss asks you to do the market research, over deliver your work with a thorough report.

When you are required to do exercise for 30 minutes, do more. Go for 45 minutes instead of just 30. When you need to write an article, over deliver with valuable information that people love to read.

This is how you can become extraordinary and become the best in what you do.

extraordinary quote

7. Being Consistent In What You Do

When it comes to success, a lot of people often link it with bold decision and big move. They thought that success is achieved through taking the leap of faith.

While this is true, but how did the opportunity come around? It is because successful people have been consistently working at what they want each day, and eventually, one day, the opportunity presented itself and they snatch it.

If you just sit and do nothing, opportunity or the big break will never come to you. If you want to win the lottery, you have to buy the tickets often enough to increase your chances of winning, agree?

The same if you want to achieve great success in life. You have to be consistent and work on the small things so that the small victories will accumulate and become a big success one day.

Unfortunately, most people don’t have the willpower and discipline to stay consistent. They work on their goals for a few days, and when they don’t get the results they desire, they started to doubt themselves and switch to another project.

Success requires years of sustained effort to achieve.

If you don’t have the self-discipline to stay consistent in your work, most likely, you will never be able to produce the amazing result you want in life.

People just don’t become extraordinary and successful overnight. They become great and the master in what they do after pouring years of deliberate effort.

Michael Phelps does not practice just for a day to become the Olympian swimmer that broke most records.

It took James Dyson 5,127 prototypes before he finally came up with a bagless vacuum cleaning machine.

Howard Schultz was turned down by 217 investors he talked to in his journey to expand Starbucks into a worldwide coffee phenomenon.

So success does not come easy. It takes tremendous and long-term effort. And hence, you need to be consistent in what you do.

Additional Read: Are You Going To Wait For Success?

8. Plan And Visualize

If you do not want to fail in life, you must plan and visualize what you want each day. Why? The reason is simple; you want to create the intention so that you can align your life towards your goals and your dreams.

When you don’t have any clear and specific goal to achieve in life, you will live life as it is. You will become reactive and react to whatever that comes to you.

Conversely, when you know what you want to do with your life, you will be more proactive. You will be the one to act instead of waiting for things to come to you.

When you have nothing to do over the weekend, how would you feel and how would your day end up?

Well, you will feel bored. And most likely you will sleep more, waste time watching TV, checking updates on social media and surfing the internet and wasted your day.

Things will be totally different if you have plans and you know what to do. This is the power of intention. When you hold the intention in your head, you will eventually make it happen.

This is why have a clear vision is important. And this also explains why planning is important too.

Having a plan is better than no plan at all. While it is true that we cannot predict the future, but when we have a plan, we can better map out the life that we want.

Therefore, visualize the life you want right now. And then, create a plan to reach it.

9. Practice Laser Focus

If there is a skill you should acquire to be successful, it is this one. You must learn how to focus your energy on doing the most important task that will give you the most result in life.

Every one of us has 24 hours a day, it is how we spend our time that determines what results we get in life.

Successful people spend most of their time on tasks that will give them 80% of the results. On the other hand, unsuccessful people spend most of their time on work that gives them 20% result.

Practice the Pareto 80/20 Principle. Do what matters most. Focus your energy on doing work that will give you the most result.

Learn to use time-blocking to focus on high-impact tasks. Block your time to work on your goals. When you have blocked your time, concentrate on doing the task and don’t get distracted.

You will accomplish more when you choose to focus on the task that matters.

10. Bounce Back From Your Failure

Pandora was rejected 300 times before they secured the funding from investors.
Colonel Sanders was rejected 1,009 times until someone said yes to his KFC recipe.
Thomas Edison failed more than 10,000 times and he finally invented the light bulb.

The lesson – success requires time and it will not come to you immediately. Success only goes to people who are willing to bounce back and learn from their failures.

You have to treat your failures as feedback. You will definitely fail in your journey to success. Every successful person failed at some point.

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. Walt Disney was also fired by a company for his ‘lack of creativity and imagination’. Soichiro Honda’s factory was leveled by the earthquake and his contract with Toyota went void due to war. However, that did not deter Honda’s determination and he continued on his journey until he succeeded with his first motorbike invention.

There will be failures, challenges, setbacks and tough times. They are inevitable.

This is why you have to learn how to treat your failure as feedback and then bounce back from there.

When you do something and you are not getting the result you want, you either try again or you simply change your approach and then do it again.

Sadly, most people don’t do it this way. When they try something and they don’t get the result they want, they choose to complain and say that things just don’t work. And then they give up.

When a baby tries to walk, he will fall many times. Did the parents stop the baby from trying? Not at all. In fact, parents encourage the baby to walk and some even show the baby the right way to do it. No wonder everyone walks on this planet.

You just have to keep on trying until you get the result you want. Or better yet, change your strategy and then try it again.

bounce back quote

11. Enjoy And Make It Fun

You don’t want to work hard all your life and ended up you don’t enjoy the things you do, right? That’s ultimate failure.

So make it fun, develop your passion and more importantly, enjoy the journey.

You are going to go through life no matter how, so just choose to have fun with it. You don’t have to be serious all the time. There are times when you can have fun and enjoy the moment.

Johnny Depp has a quote, he said, “I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.”

Yes, you are going to go through life somehow, so why don’t choose to enjoy the journey?

Live your life with passion and some drive. Inject the fun and develop passion in your work.

When you are passionate, you will do it even when it is tough. Passion is considered one of the most important keys to success because when you love what you do, you will do it better and when the tough times come, you will continue to march on because you love doing it.

It is just like what Steve Jobs has to say:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

12. Recharge Yourself

You have to take rests and recharge yourself from time to time. Do you know that extraordinary people like Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, John D. Rockefeller, etc., took naps during the day?

These people know that if they wanted to produce an amazing result in life, they must maintain their energy level. And thus, they took naps.

Studies have shown that people who take power naps in the day are more productive. After the short nap, you will feel awake and refresh. And this allows you to better concentrate on your work at hand.

So recharge yourself. Go for holidays and travel overseas from time to time. Get close to nature and try to have time to stay in solitude.

Our energy level is like our phone’s battery. It is at the fullest when we first started early in the day. As we go through our day, we used our energy to do our work and to think.

This is why by the end of the day, sometimes in the afternoon, we feel tired and sleepy. When this happens, it is hard for us to focus and our willpower wanes.

Do you know why taking rest is important now?

13. Adopt The “Never Say Die” Attitude

The final tip that I would like to share with you that every successful person owned is the ‘never say die’ attitude.

No matter what happened to these great people, they seem to believe that things will turn out alright and they simply just don’t quit.

After Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, he took a few months off. And during that time, he discovered that he still love doing what he did back then in Apple. And therefore, he restarted his life and went on to build another company, Next and bought Pixar. And the rest became history.

Successful people don’t quit when they face adversities and tough times. They choose to go on and believe that there is always a way to deal with the problems.

And they did. When there is a will, there is a way.

When Anthony Robbins’ company was in debt many years ago, everyone was talking about bankruptcy and what they should they do after that. However, Tony Robbins did not think that way.

Tony believed that as long as he is committed, he will find a way to go through the tough situation he was facing. And he did.

So don’t quit. A winner will never quit and a quitter will never win.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

Whatever you do, don’t give up and keep looking for ways to overcome the obstacles you faced in life.

Search for answers, ask for help, check on Google, and ask someone who has overcome the problem before. As long as you don’t quit and keep trying, you stand a chance to win.

Successful people who accomplished extraordinary results in life will never quit. Why should you?

jack ma never give up


It is not easy to be successful. It is hard. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot live the life you have always wanted. It doesn’t mean that success on reserve for some, it is for everyone who are willing to work on it, act on it and never give up.

Remember what you have learned from these 13 tips here. Apply the wisdom into your life and start living your dream, today.

So tell me, which one of the tips above do you like the most? Share with me on the comment section below.

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6 Replies

  1. Really i Liked your post Shawn Lim. This is exactly what I searched about!
    Thank you for sharing this post.

    1. shawnlim

      Hey Monakgo, thank you and hope you benefitted from this article. 🙂

  2. Francisco Pedroso

    Hey Shawn. Great article. It reminds me what I have done in the last week, when I had to go for a meeting with a business partner. And I don’t know where he is. So when I decide to left the place and after the moment when I arrive at home. I was depressed, confused and lost, but I still loved what I did. And when he sent me a picture of where he is. I came back running all along the way that I was made. And finally meet him. It was one of the best days of my life. And I hope to meet him again in someday. So yeah, I think any person should keep the flame alive and trying to live the dream. I am still trying to live it. And I need to know by myself that I can’t give up on my dreams.

    1. shawnlim

      Hey Francisco, you are absolutely right. Just keep the fire burning.
      Winston Churchill once said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” 🙂

  3. Just Sayin'

    14. Don’t have any mental or physical problems that might make it more difficult for you to function.

    15. Don’t be born after 1984.

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