Experts Share 10 Tips for a Successful Life


By Staff Writer Published on June 16, 2017

There are so many people out there who want to tell you how to improve your life that sometimes the trick is not figuring out what to listen to, but who to listen to. We wanted to help, so here are some of our favorite experts and some of the best advice they’ve ever shared. By the end of this post you’ll be itching to make your life better (and you’ll know just where to start).

“Get used to living below your means, and within your needs.” —Suze Orman

In an interview on Celebrity Scribe,1 money maven Suze Orman describes how she and her partner, both millionaires, still keep a car for over a decade and prefer smaller houses. She’s investing in her future. Are you?

"No is essential." —Seth Godin

In a post on his blog, best-selling author Seth Godin writes,2 “If you believe that you must keep your promises, over-deliver and treat every commitment as though it’s an opportunity for a transformation, the only way you can do this is to turn down most opportunities.” Bill Gates has been known to give the same advice. Are you overcommitting?

"Make it work." —Tim Gunn

Fashion guru Tim Gunn made this line famous in season after season of Project Runway. If you can use whatever resources you have available to you—whether you have a lot or a little—you’re going to be much more successful at whatever you choose in life than someone who wastes time worrying that they can’t get it done.

“Shut up and listen.” —Austin Kleon

Artist and author Austin Kleon said at the SXSW contest3 that if you want to get, you have to give. If you want to be interesting, you have to be interested. It’s about giving back to the people around you. Who have you listened to lately?

“Behave your way to success.” —Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil goes on to say,4 “Your past easily becomes your future because what you fear, you create.” Are you stepping up in your life and creating the success you crave?

“Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.” —Sarah Kay

Slam poet Sarah Kay shares this advice as part of a poem that opens one of her TED talks5 that’s addressed to an imaginary daughter. Inspiring and emotional, her speech will leave you wondering how you too can “put the ‘star’ in ‘starting over.’”

“Invest as much in yourself as you can.” —Warren Buffett

Business mogul Warren Buffett gave this advice to a group of business students during an event at the University of Nebraska when he was asked for advice about getting ahead in the workplace.

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” —Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert, the author of Madame Bovary, knows a few things about original work. We like to think of this quote in more modern terms: “Save the drama for your mama.” When things go wrong, you can either focus on how wrong they went or on how you’re going to invest in making them better.

“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” —Malcolm Gladwell

In Outliers: The Story of Success, cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell argues that success depends on opportunity as much as (or more than) it depends on talent. You may have heard his theory that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve true mastery at anything. What life improvements can you begin practicing?

“Your life is BIG. Keep reaching.” —Oprah

In one of the “quotables7 on her website, Oprah asks her audience to dream big. Are you making the most of your life? That means different things for different people, but you have the power to create the life you want.

If your next step toward a successful life means going back to school, request information about Stevens-Henager to take your first step to a bigger, more fulfilling life today. Got a good quote from an expert that should be added to our list? Share in the comments below!