Being successful in life is actually not that hard once you figure out what it takes. I'm hoping after reading this article, you'll have that recipe.

You must have a purpose and work towards it.

There are endless articles out there that describe what it takes to be successful in life. Reading them can be inspiring and perhaps you'll find some advice that works perfectly for you and your situation. The most important thing is to remember that ultimately the success of any venture has a lot to do with hard work, patience, resilience and having a focused plan. Ever heard that you need to have a purpose in life? Without a goal or something to push ourselves towards, we tend to lack motivation and direction. This led directly us to the path of depression and unhappiness. We must have goals in life if we want to be happy and successful. 

You must be consistent.

I've had a lot of success in my life. Do you want to know my secret? I'll tell you how I got so successful. It has a lot to do with consistency. Like most things in life, the biggest internal battle we face is choosing between "want" and "should". Should I be spending more time working on that invention idea that could change the world, or should I be hanging out with my friends before they're all gone? The answer is simple. Don't quit; just continue going at it every day, until you get it done. A critical ingredient for success is consistency. Are you consistent? I'm not just talking about day-to-day consistency. I mean, can you show up every single day and give it your best shot? Being successful in life is one of the biggest tasks that you can ever set out to do. It requires discipline, persistence, and even more importantly — consistency. You must figure out how to maintain such regular habits over the course of your life if you want to succeed in life.

You must plan and do things that move you towards your goals daily.

I will explain to you the one fundamental ingredient that separates successful people from unsuccessful people. The easiest way to remain happy in life is to do things daily that move you towards your goals and dreams. It all starts with setting goals, you must plan and do things that move you towards your goals daily. I like to set goals for myself but I've found it doesn't help me to just write an idea for a goal down and then forget about it. It's important to make moves in the direction of your dreams and goals daily if not hourly."

You must believe in yourself and your abilities.

Your destiny is determined by your habits. If you don't believe in yourself and your abilities, you'll end up exactly where you are right now. The great thing is that you can change your destiny. You can create success by changing a few of these bad habits, and creating new good ones. When you put your confidence in yourself and just go for it, your life can alter in the most amazing ways. I started to get serious about my future while I was in college, and this is where the “secret recipe” really started to take shape. That's the whole secret right there! But, how do you do that?

You must seek knowledge as well as apply it to become successful.

You must seek knowledge as well as apply it to become successful. I am fortunate to have built a small empire so far in my 20's. But I know there is more success out there and I'm not stopping until I get it. Being smart is not enough. In fact, if you want to succeed, it's not even the most crucial characteristic to have. Are you able to get through the day without experiencing a lot of stress and pressure? Is it possible for you to pass the test even when life throws crazy curve balls at you? The quality that will help you do those things is an intellectual resilience, or as I like to call it, a Secret Ingredient. Intellectual resilience is important for everyone, but especially for leaders because they are more responsible for other people than any other people as well.

You have to be honest with yourself.

You have to be honest with yourself, if you're interested in living a life of success and happiness. You can't lie to yourself. The goal is to be honest. To stop lying to yourself, and listen to what your soul is telling you. This is one of the most important things in life and is a key element in succeeding.When we are sincere with ourselves, we can clearly identify our positive traits as well as our areas for improvement. It's so easy to fake it till you make it; pretending to be an expert in something you're not, just to win someone's approval or to prove that you're strong or smart enough for the job.

Takeaway: Being successful in life starts with understanding what success means to you, and then dedicating yourself to achieving it.