Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey—these names come to mind when we think of successful people.  And although all the mentioned names are great examples of successful individuals, there are so many others out there who are successful in their own right.

However, with their habits, they tend to do the same things. It is their habits and behaviours that set successful people apart from the ordinary folks who just clock in and out of the office nine to five every day, not looking to get ahead.

If you want to become one of the greats and be successful someday, here are the secrets that successful people do to get ahead in life.

  1. They Create a Healthy Network

One of the things successful people do secretly is creating a good network. Going too far and creating bigger network than your intentions could lead to connections catching a glimpse of your business strategy and future products. In the professional world, choosing people to be part of your network should be done smartly and quietly in order to maintain the health of your business.

  1. They Incubate Their Ideas

Successful people keep their ideas until the right time. Even if you know that your idea can lead to a successful venture or project, you should know that it takes time to refine a concept before it becomes bullet-proof. In addition, take note that competitors are happy to steal unique ideas, so it’s always better to remain quiet as you’re perfecting the plan until you are ready to put the plan in action.

  1. They Manage Their Employees Ethically

Another thing that successful people do is manage their employees privately and with respect. Employees prefer when their superiors talk to them in private. This way, you avoid potentially embarrassing them in front of their co-workers and preserve the professional atmosphere in the workplace.

  1. They Take Care of Challenges Privately

Same thing with being too open about new ideas, sharing too much information about your current problems might give your competitors an edge. Not only that, when your colleagues or bosses know that you’re too stressed out with the given task, you could appear less capable of bigger responsibilities. If you often complain about feeling overwhelmed, you might miss out on better opportunities or a promotion.

  1. They Invest

Lastly, something successful people do discreetly is investing. Whether you’re investing in stocks or real estate, giving away details of your investment may come off as cocky, especially when you’re sharing this with less financially secured individuals. Also, divulging too much information about your new investments is another way to give your competitors an opportunity to sabotage your success.

Success comes with hard work and strategic planning. If you’re not doing any of these today, it’s time to practice these habits, so you get your well-deserved success.