7 things successful people do to continuously learn and grow

Life is a journey. 

So as long as you’re alive, there will never be a cap for learning and growing. 

The most successful people in the world are deeply attuned to this–and act accordingly. 

They aren’t content to be like everyone else, rigidly confining themselves to the status quo. 

They want to learn and grow and enrich themselves with the infinite lessons the world has to offer. 

So if you want to be successful, it’s in your interests to start cultivating a growth mindset. 

Once you do, the sky will be the limit for you and your level of professional and personal success. 

But first, you need to get acquainted with the signs. 

In this article, I’ll take you through the things successful people do to continuously learn and grow. 

Once you get a clearer idea, you can start making the necessary shifts. Let’s get to it!

1) They always set goals 

Successful people don’t play it safe for prolonged periods. 

They tend to want to challenge themselves to learn more, to maximize their inherent potential. 

They don’t cling to comfort zones, timid and fearful of taking risks. 

Instead, they put themselves out there, setting concrete and specific goals that are simultaneously challenging and achievable. 

Successful people know that the process of working towards a new goal in life will bring with it a fresh set of life lessons and information that can improve them as individuals. 

Fail or succeed, setting goals is never a genuine loss for them, as ample knowledge was picked up along the way. Learning is always a win. 

2) They embrace curiosity 

In the words of the immortal Steve Jobs: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures.” 

Successful people aren’t content with being another cog in the system and limiting their potential and opportunities for moving forward. 

They tend to have an almost built-in, insatiable level of curiosity about both the world and their chosen field of work. 

This mentality puts them a step ahead of everyone else. 

Have you ever been around a truly successful person (I mean truly successful, not just rich)? 

Well if you have, you would’ve noticed that they’ll almost always have a general knowledge about everything, from emerging technologies to geopolitics to pop culture trends to the environment around them.

Their eternal curiosity takes them far. 

3) They’re regular readers

And one of the main reasons for their vast knowledge of the world? 

Successful people are often voracious readers. 

Sadly, in a sense reading (apart from the ten to twenty words in Instagram captions) is a sort of a dying art form. 

People are distracted. 

They’re distracted by streaming and reels; they’re distracted by the boundless and highly accessible stimulation that their smartphones and tablets provide. 

The other day, I ended up scrolling through reels on my phone for almost two hours, without even realizing it. 

Did I learn anything of value during this duration? Not particularly. 

The bottom line is that there is no replacement for reading when it comes to absorbing and retaining new information. 

For most successful people, reading is a fundamental habit for them. 

Their heightened level of insight and ideas tends to reflect that.

4) They seek feedback 

Most unsuccessful people shun criticism like the plague. 

Sometimes, they take negative feedback a bit too personally, as if it’s a reflection of their innate worth as people.

This is the wrong mindset. 

Successful people have the wisdom to know that so long as they’re human, there will always be room for improvement–thus they tend to embrace feedback. 

They believe that real-world criticism is a non-negotiable for improvement and gaining new wisdom; they know it can be the factor that takes them to the next level. 

Hence, they’ll often seek out criticism, both negative and positive, from colleagues, mentors, family members, and so on, using it as a veritable platform for growth. 

5) They learn from their mistakes 

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From my experience, successful people almost always persevere when dealing with shortcomings and failures. 

You see, most people get so discouraged by failure or obstacles that they effectively throw in the towel when they encounter it, lacking the resilience to get back up and try again. 

This is quite the contrast to successful people. 

Successful people use their failures and setbacks as fuel to learn more and come back stronger. 

I was at a business lunch the other day, and an accomplished entrepreneur sitting opposite me said something that stood out: “Every truly successful person needs to fail at least twice in their life.” 

That hit a nerve in me, as someone who has had his share of business setbacks in life. 

Think of the extraordinary innovators in history from Jobs to Oprah. 

These people would not have reached such towering success in life without a few (or many) hiccups along the way. You’re no different. 

6) They invest in education 

Successful people are like sponges when it comes to gaining new information–a process that, for them, does not truly stop. 

If you want to be the average store clerk or employee, then that’s your prerogative. 

There’s nothing wrong with that path. 

But if you want to stand out from the herd, having a thirst for knowledge will certainly point you in the right direction. 

The more vast your understanding of the world is, the more opportunities will come your way.

Successful people know this. 

In my life, I’ve met highly accomplished people living exceedingly comfortable lives while still pursuing things like online courses, workshops, master’s degrees, etc. 

They don’t lounge around the sofa for days at a time. 

They invest their time and resources in acquiring new skills and knowledge. Go figure. 

7) They prioritize networking 

Successful people are aware that no man (or woman) is an island. 

They know that to maximize their potential in life, it’s in their interests to get out there and network. 

By meeting people from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise, they’re exposing themselves to fresh ideas and perspectives–and by sheer osmosis, they’re becoming more well-rounded, more complete people. 

In any thriving business, no one person can run the show alone; rather, a team of people with specialized skills is usually necessary. 

So, for instance, if you are more adept at creating concepts and innovating, you’ll need someone else to take care of day-to-day operations, so you can both maximize your respective skill sets. 

Remember, there is no Bill Gates without a Paul Allen. There is no Michael Jordan without Scottie Pippen. 

And the chances of you finding your Scottie Pippen increase exponentially the more you network. 

Final words 

It’s never too late to become a success in life. 

Don’t be discouraged by seeing college kids on Instagram claiming to make “six figures” a month. 

Growth is linear. 

Success will always be within your grasp if you want it badly enough. 

An ideal place to start is by cultivating the right habits

Once you gradually shift your approach to learning and growing, there will be no stopping you. 

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