What are the habits of highly successful people? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Dean Yeong, entrepreneur, writer, and designer, on Quora:

They say what they mean and mean what they say. They are impeccable with their own words. Successful people don't make you guess what they mean. They tell the truth and make it stupidly simple for others to understand their objectives and intentions in order to work well together.

They are self-aware. They know who they are, they have defined vision, and they know their strengths and weaknesses. Successful people understand their responsibilities, roles, and identity.

They manage their time by managing their emotions. Everyone can plan for the next day by allocating tasks into their schedule, but successful people go beyond that. They do what they need to do even it makes them uncomfortable. They manage their emotions better than everyone else.

They start before feeling ready. They do procrastinate, but they know how to deal with it. Successful people never wait for the perfect timing to take action because they understand that there is no such thing as the perfect time. They make decisions and take action fast.

They eliminate choices and options. Successful people are focused. They never dabble. They create systems to eliminate the need for making choices; they reduce their options before they even need to think about it. Certainly, highly successful people make a lot of decisions, but they make sure those are really important ones.

They show up. They show up even if nobody else does. Not just showing up for the wins and celebrations, they show up during the grind, and in the face of fear and adversity.

They contribute before they ask. This is exactly what made them successful. They find ways to provide value to others (their partners, team, customers) way before they even ask for anything in return.

They time-travel by picking others' brains. They read to learn ideas that took the author 20 years to figure out, in 20 minutes. They value mentorship to skip through unnecessary mistakes and challenges that come their way. They hire people who are smarter than they are to compensate for their weaknesses.

They are consistent. Successful people put in the work day in and day out. They understand that results never appear from nowhere on the first day. They have faith in the power of tiny actions, and always aim for the long-term results. They won because they're playing a long game while everyone else goes short.

They value relationships. I haven't found a successful person who messed up their relationships with everyone around them. Successful people know that they won't achieve what they have today without their mentor, friends, partners, and team members.

They think they are lucky. We're experiencing hundreds of incidents and events in a day, and a slight change in any outcome is going to turn your life towards a very different path. And successful people believe they are lucky to be successful, and feel grateful for that.

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Published on: Aug 15, 2016