We all want to be successful, yes? In what we do, we want to be the best. The crème de la crème. But what does it take to be that top layer? Why are some people successful, whereas the rest are not even in that league? Well, we look at five habits that are common with successful people;

1. Persistence.

Successful people have this habit of continuous trial. They never give up. You’ve heard of stories of people who failed, but never gave up on their dream. They tried again, this time differently. Athletes for instance. Michael Jordan wrote, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”. Athletes intrigue me. Didier Drogba is my favorite.

2. They read a lot.

What do you do in your free time? Watch movies? Go out partying? Well, you should try reading, if you want to be successful. Readers make leaders. Read motivational books, read literary books, read ‘How to’ books and see the difference. The biggest tragedy in Kenya right now is, we don’t read. And when we do, it’s because of an impending exam. We should make it a habit to read daily, read at least two pages. You widen your knowledge. Read about what interests you, about what doesn’t interest you. Some joke says, ‘If you want to hide something from Africans, hide it in the books. They never read’. To prove this, my chemistry teacher back in high school hid a thousand-shilling note in an encyclopedia in the library. Nobody noticed. When we were almost at the end of the term, he took out the encyclopedia and to the amazement of the students in the room and announced that the note had been there for more than three months, untouched. Successful people read, know knew things and succeed in whatever business they venture in, because they have the knowledge. Read books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Richest man in Babylon, Rich Dad Poor Dad and see the difference.

  1. They think differently.

Well, what does this mean? This means going against the wave. In the current society, business-people look at what is selling, then they all flock there. The property market is flooded currently and soon, the bubble will burst, property will be cheap. There was no single betting company five years ago in Kenya, but after Sportpesa came in, now we have tens of companies of betting. Why? Because we can’t think differently. Look at DJ Afro, superb example there. DJ Afro is one man who began his own industry (not company) from nothingness to one of the most decorated industries in the current generation. Come on, I mean, who doesn’t know DJ Afro? Then look at other DJs who came up after him. You get what I’m saying?

  1. Surround themselves with successful people.

Tell me your friends I tell you your character. When Nigerian Superstar Wizkid was starting out, he used to hang out with the P-Square brothers. His close association with them gave him that desire and drive to be like them. Our own Churchil used to be an extra for kina Nyambane during the days of Redykulass, and now you see where he is. Well, Outgoing POTUS Barrack Obama spent so much time with Bill Clinton. Do you see the trend?

Then Illinois Senator Barrack Obama carrying Bill Clinton's coat.
                     Then Illinois Senator, Barrack Obama ,carrying Bill Clinton’s coat.


You actually should develop a habit of surrounding yourself with people who are successful in the area you’re interested in. Victor Wanyama used to carry his father’s boots to the training ground. Didier Drogba used to carry his uncle’s bag to the training ground. These two are popular footballers now.

  1. They take risks.

Successful people take risks that other people can’t dare. They give their all, and risk losing it all. They have one slogan, all or none. They burn bridges and lack option B, which gives them a reason to be more aggressive. A story is told of an army that went into war on the other side of the ocean. After arriving at the shore, the commander told them to destroy their vessels.

“But why? We’ll need them to leave just in case…..”

“Destroy them all!” the commander thundered.

Then after they destroyed them, he reminded them that now they had to win, for without winning they would surely die for they had nothing to use to escape. And the army went ahead to win. Successful people take risks, burn bridges and have no option but winning.