What Does It Take To Be Successful?

By Florence Adrian 6th Apr, 2021

“Success doesn’t come in a can. There are no tricks that will change your life overnight. It is a behavior that exists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year in, year out, until it becomes a lifestyle. A lifestyle loaded with failures.” – Fred Cary

So, WHAT does it take to be successful? We turned to Fred Cary, CEO of IdeaPros, and his little bite-sized wisdom clips to answer this question for you. 

Lose The Fear

On your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you are. To avoid that scenario and become everything you are destined to become you will need to lose the fear. 

Make The Time

A lot of people say they would change their lives if they only had the time. A workweek is 168 hours. If you work and sleep 8 hours a day, go to the gym 7 hours a week then you are left with 65 hours a week to do what you need to do to change your life. 

Embrace Failure

We all reach the end of the road. We all fail at something but, failure is not a failure. It is an opportunity to learn. Don’t stop. Keep going until failure becomes your success. 

“Failure is a blessing because, through failure, we get to where we want to end up.” – Fred Cary

Change Your Perspective

Perspective controls your life and the amount of happiness you have. Be sure you have a positive one. 

“The way you address the good and the bad things are going to shape the life that you have.” – Fred Cary

Make Yourself Smarter

Doing something different will make you smarter. Find something that you never do and think about it for 15 minutes. Your brain will thank you.

Celebrate Successes

The fact you are not where you want to be yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate everything you have achieved so far. 

“There is something to celebrate every day. If you are not doing it, you are not living your life.” – Fred Cary

Find Your Road To Success

We have all come to the end sometimes in our lives, but for successful people, that road becomes inspiration, challenge, and the reason they go further. When you don’t accept that as the end, you find your road to happiness and success.

Learn From The Best

Find companies that live up to what they say, offer the best experience, have happy customers and employees. Study them and apply what you’ve learned to your organization.

Make Time For Yourself

Do something for yourself every day. Create a little routine and enjoy it before you enter the world. All high achievers get up early, exercise, meditate, do yoga, journaling or reading. Find what makes you happy and do it every day!

Live In The Now

Although it is good to think about where you want to be five or ten years from now, you can’t live there. 

“The only place you can be is here, right now, this second, this day.” – Fred Cary

While you are making plans for the future, plan something for today to take you closer to where you want to be.

Don’t Compare Yourself With Your Future Self

I will be happy when I get a better job, when I move, or when that woman or man says “yes”. If this sounds familiar, you are comparing yourself with your future self. The future self is always going to be better because it is what you strive to become. Don’t wait for your future self to make you happy, be happy with who, and where you are today. 

Do It Now

When you have something you need to do, forget the 9 to 5 schedule, and do it. If you put it off one day that day will never come.

“There’s never a perfect time to do anything. If you want to do something, get up and do it. The only perfect time is to do it now.” – Fred Cary


Find a couple of minutes every morning and evening to relax. Dream and be with yourself. Those little moments will make all the stress go away.

Work On Motivation

If you can motivate yourself to go to work you don’t like, you can motivate yourself to do something that will make you happier. 

Do The Right Thing

To do something good for yourself and the world, you have to be ready to do the right thing, even when it hurts.

Brand Your Company Well

When naming your company or products, forget about describing it and focus on making an emotional impact on your customers.  You want them to become in love with you, your company, and your products. 

Lastly, don’t forget: We have only one life. Make choices today that you will be proud of tomorrow. 

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