Do You Want to Get Ahead in Life? 10 Ways to Kick-Start Your Way to Success

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At present, social media consists of millions of people trying to work their way to the top. Many are starting to understand the value and power the internet holds in building successful enterprises. People around the world use social media as a tool to put their ideas and products out there, grow networks with like-minded people, and give everyone a fair shot at starting anew, without direct judgment from the market. With this humongous opportunity, it all depends on our perspective and attitude to take advantage of it the best way we can.

As what GaryVee always said, this generation, with the advent of technology, is by far the “easiest” time to succeed. There’s hasn’t been a better time to start a business than in this day and age where you can literally start without little to no start-up costs and access to numerous and different types of people around the globe as your market. The sky is the limit, and it depends on your approach to how you want to make a move in this open space.

What’s stopping you from winning in this online platform is not the oversaturation in the industry but the invisible challenges in your head. The competitiveness in us shows when we see others moving forward in their lives. And while competition may be an effective motivator, it can also be another barricade that hinders us from excelling in life. We can’t help but feel behind when a lot is going on about their day while we wait for our “big break” to come. We don’t have the future to see how our lives are going to pan out, but we have the now to make the future work in our favor.



Getting ahead in life starts with a burning desire to pursue greatness in life. It begins with the firm choice to achieve the impossible things even when it’s difficult. If you truly want to live a better life, you need to condition your mind that you can overcome whatever challenges that may come. This means identifying your toxic habits and replacing them with healthy ones. Otherwise, your desire isn’t strong enough to take you to places. 

Get ahead in life by realizing the best and only time you can work is today. Tomorrow is not promised, so make each day count. It’s essential to know that everything you need to succeed is within your reach. The talent, skill, dedication — it’s all inside you. Allow yourself to be present and thankful for what belongs to you right now, and excited about the abundant blessings to come.


If you only realize how unique and powerful your vantage point is, you wouldn’t be afraid or ashamed for people to know where you came from. Whether you come from a broken family or dealing with an incurable disease, the right point of view is the key to living life to the fullest. The market doesn’t care where you come from or how your past came to be. They only care about what you can do, how hard you work, and how your product or service provides more than enough value to change their lives.


The prime secret to getting ahead in life is to be truthful with your thoughts, abilities, and actions. Build a career around what you’re both passionate and excellent at, and you will get that shot. Otherwise, convincing yourself you’re good at something you’re clearly not will only make a fool out of yourself and pull you back from going in the right direction. You can’t move forward in life if you don’t truly know the only person you can count on— yourself. Whatever you do, always ask yourself if this is what you want and how do you plan to achieve this by being ‘you’ and nobody else.


Your excuses are a reflection of your self-doubt. The time you spend making up excuses could’ve been used productively by literally starting whatever it is you want to do. Stop thinking about the overwhelming uncertainty of it all and just start. Every negative thought should be challenged and removed from your mind by shifting your perspective from “I can’t do this” to “I can do this.” 

The most successful people became what they are because they silenced the fears in their minds and started working for their goals without expectations. You don’t want to be one of those people who sabotaged every opportunity because he listened to his doubts more than his potential. In your moments of self-doubt, dwell on the fact that other people are getting closer to achieving their dreams because they stopped listening to their inner critics.


It’s about time to get serious about your time and work management if you want to get ahead in life. Make time for your biggest priorities first, and the rest can follow. This means removing distractions in any shape or form to pour all your energy into what’s urgent and important. Always remember that productivity doesn’t mean overworking yourself. Getting something done isn’t an excuse to compromise your health and safety because the latter is indispensable. Completing your to-do list for the day will not matter if there is a decline in your health the next day. When you commit to productivity, you divide your big goal into small, feasible ones so you finish the tasks you need to do.


You can’t move forward in the right direction if you bring pessimistic and unsupportive people along your journey. People who continually refuse to acknowledge your potential shouldn’t have any room in your life. You shouldn’t give them permission to lecture you on your losses and celebrate with you on your wins. Choosing the right people to associate with is vital to guarantee personal and collective success. You can’t build a supportive system around people who never show confidence in your skills and rather question your decisions like you don’t know what you’re doing.


Comparing your life with different strangers is the quickest way to get behind in life. It doesn’t help you work harder at all, especially if you aren’t 100% certain of your goals. Not only does it make you like you’re missing out a lot in life, but it also poisons the fighting spirit attitude you need to succeed. If you want to get ahead with your goals, you need to focus on making your life better instead of wishing it would turn out like theirs. Nobody ever got what they want by spending their days lurking over what other people are doing. Instead, view that other person’s success as your inspiration to achieve the level of prosperity and happiness he or she is living right now.


Anyone can dream and have ideas, but not everyone can commit to a goal and put these ideas into action. One tip to getting ahead in life is to execute your plans consistently regardless of the inconveniences of life. Some days may be more challenging than others, but there are multiple, creative ways to get a substantial part of the work done even when you’re not at your desk 24/7. 

It’s also important to realize we won’t always get the same productive results daily, but what matters more is the dedication you put to fulfill your priorities amidst the circumstances. Putting in the work is difficult because there are many distractions, rejections, and criticisms that pull you down. The most determined people put their ambitions on a higher pedestal than the negativity thrown at them, and that’s why they succeed.


Sacrifices come in different shapes, forms, and degrees depending on one’s needs, priorities, and circumstances. These are the tiny seeds you plant at the beginning that grow and eventually bloom in your successes. One common sacrifice is sleeping late to finish your to-do list or staying at home for the weekend to catch up on your side hustles. These important decisions may seem so harsh at first because it feels like you’re depriving yourself of fun and leisure, but over time, you’ll understand why you had to make those hard choices.

To get ahead in life, you need to put all your focus on one ultimate goal and set aside your other insignificant interests or habits. Learning how to compromise and adjust through different chases is necessary to win. Making tough choices is a must; one of which is refusing to get into situations that disrupt the progress you’re trying to create. The next time you feel like you can’t miss the premiere of your favorite TV show, think about how good it would feel to get ahead in life because you stick to your priorities. Eventually, your sacrifices will pay off because everything will work out right in its imperfect, spontaneous way.


There’s no way you can get ahead in life without having room to appreciate your hard work. Hard work also comes with a cost, especially burnout, so be sure to be wary of your health. Realize the importance of acknowledging your small achievements and taking breaks, even when feeling like you don’t deserve it. No matter how productive you are, success is meaningless if you don’t see the value and efforts behind your victories. If you don’t feel happy or appreciated when you achieve your goals, then what’s the point of working so hard?

You have to be confident enough to believe that celebrating your achievements doesn’t lessen the likelihood of getting the same success as you are now. Taking small breaks doesn’t break the chain of productivity nor does it make you undisciplined. Rest is vital in ensuring success because we are humans who have limitations, after all. Do what you can to make yourself feel worthy and loved for all the sacrifices you make. Everyone needs a pushing force to keep going especially on the treacherous road to a successful future.


There is no top secret or magic formula to getting ahead in life. Each and everyone’s unique beginnings can be a challenge to pursuing our goals because there is no equal playing field to stand on. Some are born with the wealth to catapult them to instant success, while some can only take advantage of very limited resources. Either way, success depends more on work ethic and grit rather than the abundance of your resources. The sky is the limit for successful people because they do what the majority of people are too scared to do. They can do what the rest of the group can’t and won’t, and that is why they call the shots. There’s so much room for success for everybody, but not everybody can achieve greater things. So, the choice is yours. 

The next time your instinct tells you to procrastinate, think about the days you’ve spent making excuses for your laziness. Think about how little time is on your hands, and yet you use it to continue doing habits that don’t bring you any good. Think about the huge jump you can make in your progress if only you stick to your schedule and do what you promised to yourself every day. Your future self is counting on you to choose sacrifice and discipline instead of comfort. All we have is now and the time is ticking, so don’t waste it.

“It’s not the smart that get ahead, but the bold.”

Robert Kiyosaki 

Published by Monique Renegado

Monique started Life Begins At Twenty as a 20-year-old college student from the Philippines. In her lifestyle and wellness blog, she shares first-hand experiences and soulful advice about student life, relationships, mental health, adulting, and self-growth. Monique is passionate about literature, music, public speaking, and family. Besides studying and blogging full-time, she strives hard to become a published author with her first YA fiction novel and poems. Monique is the older sister you wish you had to help you navigate your twenties successfully. If you want a constant drive for motivation and pep talks, be a part of her journey.

31 thoughts on “Do You Want to Get Ahead in Life? 10 Ways to Kick-Start Your Way to Success

  1. Great tips. I try to practice gratitude as much as I can. I always try to just “get things done” rather than putting it off which I guess links into being productive too. Thank you for sharing xx

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  2. These are some really lovely points. While beginnings really influence where you start, I don't believe that you should let them hold you back. Just starting and working on things as you go can really help your progress. Letting go of doubt and taking a leap in the first steps to starting anything. Great post! Em x

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  3. I love these tips for getting ahead in life. Sometimes it just takes a little push to get started on the right path. I've been reading James Clear's book, Atomic Habits, for ideas to help me develop better habits. Creating routines and positive habits are another way to take action so that you can get ahead.

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  4. Fab tips! I really need to work on stopping comparing myself to others as well as cutting out anyone who doesn’t support me, as hard as it is. I also think celebrating achievements is crucial for keeping up motivation! Thanks for sharing x


  5. Monique this is such a well written and informative post. These are great tips that I shall remember in my journey to success. Thanks so much for sharing. 😁 Awesome post.


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