I would suggest you read a lot of different types of things. Novels, biographies, classics and the like. Any type of education will require a lot of reading. Expand your horizons on the reading front. Limit your watching of TV. Network shows are garbage. Find people you look up to and find out what made them who they are.
If you are serious about being successful in life. Help other people. It has been said by people a lot smarter than I am, if you help others accomplish their goals, you will accomplish yours and be successful. This world is about people, other people.
Best wishes for success.
Working by the time you get out of college is a "goal," it is not the definition of success. Many of us go through life chasing "success," or "happiness," without ever defining those terms.
One of my favorite quotes, from Henry David Thoreau, is "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. "
In my travels through life, I have found that one usually has either time or money, but not both at the same time. I also learned that of the two, time is more precious.
One's definition of success changes over time. I encourage you to start by trying to define it NOW, so, when you get there, you will know you have arrived. Some things to consider:
1. career - are you driven to be tops in your field? Some people set milestones, like, "by age 30 I will be the area manager." Others are content to stay in the same job, without advancing (such as many police patrol officers), as long as the pay increases over time.
2. family - do you want to have one?
3. financial - I can talk a lot about this, but, learning to handle money is important. Financial success doesn't necessarily mean being wealthy. It could mean having a nice house, being able to pay your bills and invest, ability to handle unforeseen emergency expenses without having to use credit cards, etc.
4. personal - are you happy/content with your life? Do you have time and energy to do the things you want to do?
I encourage you to think about these things!
I wish I could give you the "key" to success, but, unfortunately, there isn't one. I can tell you this though:
-- what defines success for you? knowing this will help you set a target for yourself that you should never give up on, no matter how long it will take to get there.
--be kind to yourself. never underestimate the power of your hard work. if you don't recognize your small achievements, you'll never reach your ultimate success.
--success doesn't mean change. you like watching t.v.? keep doing it. what about sketching? don't limit yourself to the hobbies that have been deemed 'adult-like' or have been molded to correlate with success.
For some real talk, here are immediate actions you can take being in college to pave a smoother path to success (though I, personally, don't believe any of these are crucial to 'success'):
--internships, internships, and then some more internships.
--study abroad any chance you get.
--build connections by attending conferences related to your major or participating in club events, etc.
--talk to your counselor while you can.
In the end, you can't control and plan EVERYTHING in your life out. Take your time and know that, in the end, it will all come together. You'll never be where you are today, so take a second and appreciate how far you've come and realize that you didn't plan all of this yet here you are. The same will be true of your future. Don't let a plan dictate your life, rather make a plan on the way. Realize that your plan will be flexible, changing as you change and transitioning as you transition to different stages in your life. Try your best, don't let other people's "success" undermine your own. We're all different, and we don't have to be at the "top" to be happy.
**keep in mind: success in this world is being content with your life. work hard. do what you love. be happy.
- Be Yourself as Genuine as you can
-Learn to embrace challenges rather than avoid them
-Look for the good in every situation
-Celebrate the Successes of others
-Your never to young to make an impact
-Everything worth doing takes time and effort
...and again Be Yourself
These are things I feel can help you be successful as they have also helped me.
1. Set goals
2. Know what you want
3. Stay motivated
4. Create a plan (set a goal and then create a plan as to how your going to achieve that goal)
5. Take action on your plans
6. Never stop learning
7. Be open and adaptable to change
8. Stay true to yourself
Hope these tips help, best of luck!
Seek mentors who have a history of success and learn from them.
Be bold- don't be afraid to speak up. If you have an idea, share it! Better to always show that you're trying, rather than be timid.
Seize opportunities, even the ones you didn't plan for, you never know what they lead to.
Be yourself- don't conform just because you may potentially end up working in a corporate environment.
Show that you're adaptable and resourceful.
Continuously work on self-development.