It is important that you work hard towards your goal and keep a track of your success but the most important aspect is to make up your mind. The most dominant person with weaker thoughts is weaker then someone who is mentally tough. If you are mentally prepared you would never back off, come what may.
Do what you really want to do
Life is like an ocean and you have to make your choices. Do not stick yourself to limited options, as this way you define your limitations though you do not have any. Chose wisely but keep other options open for yourself.
Never stop learning
If you were asked to name the person who knows it all, you would come up with no answer. Learning is a lifelong processes and even a lifetime is not enough to learn. Keep looking for something new you can learn.
Your thoughts and ideas play a vital role in your life. Chose wisely, be it your friends, books and even the movies you watch. Do not feed negative ideas to your brain as these thoughts have the power to turn your world upside down.
Sounds cool, but it is actually not. Sacrificing your own dreams for someone else would not land you anywhere. Try to take the middle path instead, where you can choose your own happiness along with everything else. You would be making a mistake if you let your boss take all the credit for the presentation that you had made. Knowing what you are capable of is important but sitting idle and doing nothing about it would change nothing.
Learn to take responsibility for all the decisions you make in your life. All your family members and friends get affected but you are the one who has to live with the consequences of all your actions. Think and re-think over all your actions before acting upon them.
Be your own mentor
Fortunately or unfortunately, they do not teach everything in schools and colleges. You have to be your own mentor and find out ways to learn things that would help you go a long way in life.
Check for yourself
The information you get no matter how valid it sounds always do a reality check for yourself. If something does not seem to work for you then do not rely on it. Do not accept everything blindly or believing that it has to be true since everyone approves of it.
Life keeps changing. Make an observation and the act accordingly rather than having your actions or reactions preplanned. Having fixed ideas and concepts would never work since life never remains the same.
When you know something for sure, do not lose your opinion simply because you do not get an approval from others. Be strong enough to stand alone among when you know you are right. Successful people have always come up with original ideas and thoughts. Many of these never got an approval at once but that hardly made a difference.
Focus on strengths
Everyone has faults and it is true that you have to work on your weaknesses but focus more on your strengths. Knowing what you are good at would be much better than the other way around.