5 Things You Must Do To Succeed

I've heard and read plenty about this concept of a key to success.  And yet I dare say, a lot of people haven't even located the lock to begin with. To me, the following five concepts are the doors that you need to locate before you can unlock success.

Photo credit: HuffingtonPost

Photo credit: HuffingtonPost

I use this anagram to remind myself of these ideas and to keep me focused when I want to succeed: WIN AT

In other words:

Want:  Not what you want - focus on what others want. Only when you can offer something that others want, will you be able to succeed/sell/be heard.

Identity:  Find, and be clear, of your own identity. How are you perceived by others?  And is this the identity you want to project into the world? Hire a branding coach if necessary.

Not-known: Embrace the unknown. Be willing to face rejection and failure as you discover new paths. If one path doesn't lead to success, you can walk down another. Let's face it - if you haven't reached your pinnacle of achievement, you haven't discovered the right road which means it is still unknown to you. Look for it - it's not where you've already been.

Above:  Go above and beyond. Whatever your boss (or client or buyer) asks for - do more. Over-deliver. You'll look like a rockstar if you surpass expectations.

True:  Always be true to yourself. Being liked is nice, but changing your personal truth for someone else will not serve you in the end.  Stand up for what's best for you even if it's unpopular.  This doesn't mean you should be hostile or abrasive, it simply means remaining honest about where you stand.  Ultimately, you will be respected for your unflinching authenticity.

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No matter what your success goal is - whether it's CEO of your company, owner of your own business, or enjoying a fulfilling relationship - you have the power within you to WIN AT this game of life.



  • this is a very inspiring article, Heidi.. I haven’t yet achieved success in life, but I know I am getting there.. Thanks!

  • I think I can safely say I have succeeded with my goals in life, in terms of having a happy family and a business to deal with.

  • Marielle says:

    WIN AT… hmmm.. that’s a a nice anagram, definitely easy to remember when you think about the success that you’d be culminating in the end.

  • Fely Adamson says:

    In terms of family, I think I have succeeded, because I now have a small one ready to pop out in the next coming month, the husband is a caring and loving one, we’re ready to move to our new home and I’m gonna be going back to work after my maternity leave, so yes, I think I have succeeded fair enough in life!

  • Shauna says:

    Thanks for sharing your concept keys for success, Heidi. For someone successful as you, I know I can count on your ideas. 🙂

  • Kitty Gurl says:

    I love your tips, a sure way to win in the future! It’s not easy to find the key to success, really especially if you are not looking for the right key, but with proper guidance, I know I can make it.

  • Letty says:

    Go above and beyond & Embrace the unknown – these are my favorites. I believe once I go the extra mile with my work, the proverbial gold at the end of the rainbow is at hand. But I am not looking for gold, per se. I just want to succeed.

  • Misty says:

    I haven’t achieved that success in life, so every piece of advice there is to help, I would surely take them to heart and instill it on my mind.

  • This is an inspirational post. I hope you don’t mind if I share this with my friends at work.

  • Helga says:

    I love the anagram you used, very positive and realistic. Thank you!

  • Ursula says:

    I liked the anagram you made, very practical and realistic approach to achieving success.

  • anna elizabeth says:

    that’s indeed a great anagram – WIN AT.. I love it especially the last one – be True to yourself.

  • Miss K. Adams says:

    In order to succeed, one must not forget the people who have helped in one way or another, to get you at the top of your game. Just my two cents.

  • loreleichung says:

    I wish I could say I have already reached success in my life. But as it is, I know I’m still struggling and maybe two to three steps behind from reaching my goal. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to be successful and be someone that my family and I would be proud of.

  • Michaela says:

    I love the anagram you came up with and the ideas inside it. Embracing the unknown and going out and beyond is something that every employee, new or old, should do, in order to come out of their cocoon and bloom into a more productive selves.

  • “focus on what others want. and not what you want” – hmm, this is something I should work on. You see, I have always thought that in order to achieve success, I must do everything I need to do by focusing what I really want to achieve for myself, not really thinking about what others could have done for me But now, I see that’s not really the key to success… Thanks for this tips!

  • Georgina says:

    I’ve got a big happy family – kids that do well at school, a career that helps pay the bills and a husband who I can always turn to whenever I need him. I guess, that is success already!

  • Nancy says:

    I love everything you wrote here. Very apt for someone like me who still aims for that elusive success. Thanks!

  • Miss Susan says:

    Uhm, I guess I need to find my identity first. I don’t even know what I want in life.

  • Ericka Lynn says:

    I like the N – one. Embrace the Unknown – I like that, it makes you feel challenged and expect the unexpected, the inevitable. Fear of the unknown will cripple you, but if you prepare for it, you might be surprised in the end.

  • Desiree says:

    I love that anagram, perfectly fits the things we needed to do in order to win at life and be a success. Thank you for this wonderful article, and that quote from Maya Angelou is just perfect!

  • Marga says:

    May Angelou is such an inspiration. Thanks for all these kind words of wisdom 🙂

  • Raja Azreen says:

    These are really inspiring tips. To succeed, we must work for it to achieve it. Love the WIN AT anagram.

  • Margie says:

    Love all these tips. So grateful to have come to this page.

  • Chiarri says:

    Wow, with this inspiring and winning tips, I’m on the road to success, too. Thank you so very much for always helping us with this wonderful and helpful posts.

  • Sandy says:

    This is a winner! Thanks for all these tips, a sure win when we want to make it to the top of the chain.

  • Hannah says:

    Love that quote from Maya Angelou… So very appropriate and on point. We can only attain success if we know deep in our hearts that we did it like the way we really want it to happen.

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