10 Small Differences Between Ordinary People And Successful People

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Ordinary people become super successful all the time, but there are little things that can make all the difference between life as you know it and being super successful.  Here are ten little differences between successful and ordinary people that might be the key to living life as a successful career girl!


#1 Ordinary people hate mornings, successful people use mornings.
Successful people know that they need to use their mornings to get the best start to their day, whether they exercise, meditate or plan for the day ahead.

#2 Ordinary people talk about wishes, successful people talk about ideas.
Ordinary people talk about things they wished they’d accomplished, whereas successful people talk about ideas. Wishes might never come true but ideas are constantly changing and evolving.

#3 Ordinary people are clouded by envy, successful people are motivated by it.
Successful people don’t feel jealousy without feeling motivated, envy is your brain’s way of telling you what you hope to achieve, so the next time you feel envious and jealous don’t become spiteful or bitter, just try to discover what qualities you want in your own life.

#4 Ordinary people make excuses, successful people make time.
Successful people often have to manage their lives and have little opportunity to back out of events or make excuses, but they know that their own time is important too so will dedicate themselves to social time and exercise regimes even when they don’t want to. The best way to stop yourself from making too many excuses is to have an accountability chart, whenever you start to think up an excuse ask yourself if it’s genuine and what will happen if you don’t go.

#5 Ordinary people want instant rewards, successful people look for long-term rewards.
It’s true that successful people are often better at forward thinking, they see the end goal and the gratification that will come rather than the small milestones or times when others didn’t appreciate them. They know other peoples praise only matters as much as you want it to.

#6 Ordinary people dream, successful people create.
The difference between dreaming and creating is simply breaking down the fear and throwing yourself into whatever it is you want to achieve. Successful people have often failed and have to throw themselves in at the deep end in order to get to where they are, ordinary people are held back by fear of trying something new.

#7 Ordinary people fear failure, successful people embrace it.
Everybody’s afraid of failure, but successful people know that failure marks the road to success and that even the most successful entrepreneur will have had to endure a few failures and knock-backs. It’s no less jarring, but it’s part of life.

#8 Ordinary people complain, successful people adapt.
It’s normal to complain about the way things are, but in order to make the situation better for yourself you have to adapt. Successful people will adapt to the circumstances or try to change them, of course you’ll probably hear a few complaints here and there but only at the same time as they’re working towards change.

#9 Ordinary people judge others, successful people judge themselves
Successful people know that in order to better yourself you have to look at yourself with an objective eye, be kind to yourself but judge yourself before you judge others. Passing judgement on others will only hold you back.

#10 Ordinary people please others, successful people please themselves.
It sounds bad, but when you’re a people pleaser in a career it can often go wrong. Saying yes to things you don’t truly believe in just because you’re worried what others will think of you might not be the best for you in the long-run. Don’t be selfish though, successful people know when to help others and when to trust their gut and not embark on new ventures. If you know your morals and your long term goals, you know what aligns with them.



  • Rena

    Thank you! So true what you write here. In my opinion successful people are clear and focussed on themselves … and not on other people which is for me the sense of life.
    xx Rena

  • Dani

    Love how this list practically defines successful people as DOERS. There are too much hype on passion (which IS important, yes) but not so much on hard work!

  • Lauren

    I can get envious of success, however I definitely use it to my advantage and try to push myself further – it’s difficult but the rewards are so much more amazing.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Cheryl

    I have learnt no.10 recently. You can get so caught up in work place politics it makes being true to yourself very difficult but IT IS ABSOLUTLY THE BEST and right thing TO DO! 100% Be yourself!


  • Maja

    A cool list! It makes me feel more optimistic about my career to read that I am more on the successfull people´s side – at least in these differences :)
    x M.

  • Samantha

    Love this article! I think it’s definitely true that successful people focus on improving themselves and really put in the hard work required to make it to the top.

    Blue Eyed Adventurer

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  • Txell

    This is all a lie.

  • Lucy

    That is really true. Totally agree with successful people judge themselves before they judge others.
    Such a motivational article!

    Miss Lucia | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Sonja

    #2 & 4 really hit home for me! Thank you for the great reminder. It’s not printed out & hanging up in my cube. :3

  • TheFashionistaChic

    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this post. I always remind myself, the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is successful, people do things they don’t want to do, while successful people only do things that they want to do.

    My favorite difference is, successful people take advantage of the mornings. This is one of my struggles. I do take advantage of the morning, but not every single morning. I am productive when I start before 8 am, if it’s my workout or even admin duties.

  • Elizabeth T.

    Thank you so much for this article. Your website has been really inspiring to me, and I’m really enjoying all of the posts here! All of the points that you mention are wonderfully accurate! Looking forward to even more inspiring posts from you guys in the future!

    • Celina

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • nicole elizabeth

    This is all so true. I struggle with mornings too, but have used to use my train time to catch up on instagram, share posts, reply to emails, and most importantly, check my daily to do list!

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  • April Miner

    Very positive but what is the true definition of success? Money/love/Happiness????

  • lilian Tahmasian

    i loved this!! so spot on!!! :)


  • Lisa Fourman

    I definitely have a problem with #10 since I’m a people-pleaser at heart. I’ve always been that way because of my anxiety and I know now I”ll be trying my hardest to change that. I need to be able to do things I truly enjoy instead of trying to always please others. Sometimes it’s okay to work for ourselves instead of for others. How else will we reach our dreams? We can’t do it just by sitting around, waiting for it to fall into our laps! Life doesn’t work that way and neither does the universe.