Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that successful people do differently from other people? What’s their secret? What are the essential ingredients for success?

–  Intelligence is not necessary.

–  The luck factor, to be at the right time in the right place, is certainly desirable, but certainly not a sufficient condition for the success.

Many researchers have tried to discover the essential elements and to unravel the formula of success, and somehow everybody finally agrees that the secret is in the character of successful people, their approach to the work, in their habits and the way they work.

If you want to be one of the best, if you wish great success in life and to stop being “ordinary,” then start daily work of these 12 things.

1. They wake up early

Oprah Winfrey is a legendary high achiever, and she typically rises by 6 am. When outlining a typical day in her life to Parade, she described how she would arrive her office at 6:30 am.

Almost without exception, successful people start their day early. Many say they get up between 5 am and 6 am.

Rising early is particularly great for those who work from home or have small children, because they can accomplish work tasks without interruption. Or you might prefer to give yourself time for spiritual pursuits or exercise.

2. They prioritize

Many successful people choose the most important item on their to-do list and tackle it first thing — before even looking at their e-mails, in-tray, or phone messages. You’ll be at your best early on, and it’ll stop large tasks from looming over you for the rest of the day.

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