Habits of Highly Successful Diasporas


Whenever we look at someone that we highly respect, especially successful diasporas who really made a dent in the world, it can easily be seen that they always seem to do impactful things that make them closer to their final goal, and they do it effortlessly.

Why have some of these amazing individuals been so successful in reaching their goals: getting that amazing scholarship, accepted to top-notch Ivy leagues, and living the life most could only dream of, but not others? Intuitively, we might think that these brilliant individuals are born predisposed to certain capabilities unachievable to others. However, years of cutting edge research on achievements suggest that high-achieving people reach their goals not simply because of who they are and where did they come from, but more often because of what they do. They have small but effective habits that bring positive impact and they continue to make moves even though the odds are against them.

I’ve talked to various diasporas who live in many parts of Asia, UK, and North America, and I see similar habit patterns and similar traits from these brilliant individuals that are simple, achievable, but highly impactful. And now I realized that being successful is surely obtainable if you can learn what other successful people do. It doesn’t have to be big acts of innovation or projects that must be done in a large foreign environment. In fact, most of it are things you can do every day to reach your goals, and these are some of those things that I found:

1. Successful Diasporas wake up early and plan out their life strategically

From Michelle Obama to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, these amazingly productive individuals make waking up early to be their daily ritual. Successful people believe that much can be done within those hours of tranquillity since there are no distractions, meetings and environmental noise that can hinder them from being productive.

In addition, successful people are amazing planners. It is true that people that won the “battle” of life doesn’t always follow the plan and often need to improvise, but no battle is ever won without any plan.

Abraham Lincoln once said – “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the ax”. Successful people have a detailed strategic planning, and they spend more time thinking about their big picture goals and ideas. Average performers make key decisions and spend their day in a reactive mode, but It’s easy to get off track when you don’t have a plan. Without daily planning of what your day will look like, you wake up not knowing what you want to do or accomplish.

Photo by Yiannis Theologos Michellis,  from Flickr.com
Photo by Yiannis Theologos Michellis, from Flickr.com

2. Successful Diasporas prioritize their health and well-being

Diasporas often live in a foreign environment that is usually fast paced, time consuming, and in a more sophisticated country where there are wide arrays of food options from the quick and easy junk food to more expensive nutrient-filled meals.

Despite the hectic life of successful diasporas, they realize that what you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life. For examples, for diasporas who reside in Singapore, they often use exercise as a time to reset and plan, and they make smart food choices that will give the nutrition and energy they need to accomplish their daily goals.

President Barack Obama set aside 45 minutes of exercise per day, six days a week. The crucial step to success is a healthy body and mind. Your body is a vehicle to everything you achieve. Physical activities keep the body healthy and productive, and it also improves one’s mental state.

So, still craving for that Double McSpicy? Is the gym on your to-do list? Choose wisely.

Photo by Ronald Saunders from Flickr.com
Photo by Ronald Saunders from Flickr.com

3. Successful Diasporas build fruitful relationship with others, but don’t get distracted by what other people are doing

People that do “well” in their lives often realize that you can’t live alone and you need the help of others for you to achieve your target, that’s why often times we see meaningful connections and relationships that are built within each of those individual’s social circle. They do this in order to support and learn from each other, as other people’s journeys to success can often be inspiring whereby you can learn so much—about they have done and suggest what to do and not to do.

In Seth Godin’s book – Tribes, he explains that there are tribes of successful people everywhere hungry for connections, meaning, and change, and these people seek support and look for people they can connect with intellectually. As Jim Rohn once said, you are the average of your five closest friends, find your “tribe” and collaborate constructively to improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses.

But don’t get trapped in the comparison trap of community, never compare your progress to others as each individual has their own story with a unique timeline. If you ever feel jealous, unworthy, and stressed out because you constantly compare your achievements with others, use their stories as your inspiration instead, to help you stay focused on your main objectives and goals.

4. Successful Diasporas are realist optimists and have grit

Successful Diasporas engage in lots of positive thinking about how likely you are to achieve it. They have the positive attitude and believe that they can successfully achieve their goals. This is enormously crucial for creating and sustaining your motivation.

However, never underestimate how difficult it will be to reach one’s goal. Time, planning, and persistence is the key component in achieving goals worth achieving. Furthermore, research has shown that relying on luck and thinking things will come to you easily and effortlessly will increase the odds of failure instead and leaves you ill-prepared for the rough journey to success that you will face.

That’s where Grit comes to play, which is the willingness to commit to long-term goals, refrain from short-term relief, and persist in the face of difficulties. People with grit obtain more education in their lifetime, perform excellently in their studies, and earn higher college GPAs. People who lack grit more often than not believe that they just don’t have the innate talent successful people have, and it is totally wrong. Planning, good strategies, persistence, effort, topped with grit, are what it really takes to succeed. Grit and good mindset will help you see yourself and your goals more accurately.

Photo by Tom Walker  from Flickr.com
Photo by Tom Walker from Flickr.com

From Malcolm Gladwell’s book: “The Outliers”, it takes 10,000 hours of consistent practice to be successful. Success doesn’t come miraculously without commitment and efforts, but it does not mean that we must be a masochist in order to be successful. If you want to be one of the giants, if you want to be a part of the ocean of in life and leave the ordinary behind, do these small things gradually and consistently, and get ready for the big results that are sure to follow. But we all can study all the successful habits all day long, but it’s meaningless if we don’t implement what we know. Go, wake up each day determined to form that good habits, and you’ll give yourself an enormous advantage to get a better chance at success in everything that you do.

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Ignatius Aditya is an Alumni and Contributor of Indonesia Mengglobal. He was the former Mentorship Director as well as the Content director and Columnist for Asia, Middle East, and Africa for Indonesia Mengglobal since 2017. With over 5 years of experience in the space and professionally in Financial Services (Corporate and Investment Banking with an American Bank), he brings a wealth of experience in Financial Literacy, Global International Payments, Asian higher education system, global executive professional education, as well as distance-based learning, for both STEM and Business areas. He's a proud alumnus of Nanyang Technological University Singapore, a recipient Harvard Business School of Credential of Readiness and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Aditya was born and raised in Solo and is now a Singapore Permanent Resident.


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