Successful Women Have These 10 Important Qualities—Do You?

Women who are successful in life don’t wake up at noon and go to Starbucks every day to sit and scroll through Instagram for hours—they’re out there doing big things and making a name for themselves. Not only do they appreciate the value of the hustle, but they also tend to have these 10 qualities.

  1. They make to-do lists but don’t freak out if they don’t cross everything off. Successful women are successful because they know how to prioritize and how not to sweat the small stuff. They definitely strive to be productive, but they also know that there are only 24 hours in a day and that sometimes it’s impossible to cross off every single thing on their to-do lists. The ability to let it go rather than letting anxiety consume you works wonders.
  2. They move their bodies and get regular exercise. This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes your busy schedule or hectic home life can mean exercise falls by the wayside. However, taking care of your physical self should be a top priority. If you get up and run in the morning or do yoga, it allows you time to reflect on the day ahead of you and instills a sense of calm and accomplishment. Exercise also relieves stress and builds energy, allowing you to get through the day in a better mood. Not only that, but staying in good health ensures that you can continue being a total badass.
  3. They spend time by themselves. Alone time can be SO beneficial. Sometimes it needs to be scheduled, just as you would a work meeting or friend hangout. Women need to make themselves a priority and the only way to do this is scheduling in time to go get a pedicure, lay in bed for half an hour longer, or sit and read a good book. Successful women know the importance and value of alone time and putting the work and household duties on hold for a bit.
  4. They read/watch the news. Successful women care about what’s happening in the world around them and they always make sure they’re up-to-date on what’s going on. They’re rarely caught off guard by topics that may come up in conversation at the office, the gym, or with friends. They can carry on a conversation about recent events at meetings and lunches with ease. In other words, they’re well-informed and well-rounded.
  5. They aren’t afraid to try new things. Women who step out of their comfort zone and try new things are successful in both their careers and personal lives. By staying in routine, you run the risk of becoming stagnant and complacent. Not successful women—fear doesn’t stand in their way. It may be stressful or scary at times, but women who take on things that aren’t “normal” for them stand out in a good way. Plus, they enrich their lives in a million different ways!
  6. They always walk through the door 10 minutes early. Successful women aren’t late. They never sneak into work at 9:15 and make excuses about traffic. They don’t run their kids into school after the bell has already rung. They arrive early and prepared. They schedule their lives, from meetings and coffee dates to soccer practice and snack days. They write things down and stay organized. Sure, emergencies do happen, but unless it’s a legitimate one, successful women will usually be the first ones there.
  7. They have a strong support system. Women don’t climb the corporate ladder (or move through life) alone. They have friends who help them along the way. Friends to talk about the crappy day they had over a martini, friends to cry over a breakup with, and friends who are just there to listen. Woman need people to stand in their corner of the ring. We need other women (and men) to help us when we’re down and cheer us on when we are up. Successful women know this and live by it.
  8. They know how to delegate duties and never micromanage. Even the most successful woman can’t do it alone. They know what to pass onto others and what to do themselves. They have a team behind them that are responsible and trustworthy and who will get things done well and on time when asked. They don’t check on their subordinates’ progress every five seconds or micromanage other people’s work; they trust them to do a good job.
  9. They love what they do. Successful women are passionate about what they do. They love their jobs, they love their lives, they love their kids and significant others. They put 100% into everything they do. If they aren’t passionate about what they are doing, they stop doing it and find something that ignites a passion in them. It really is that simple.
  10. They believe in themselves. If women don’t believe in themselves, no one else will either. Successful women walk through their lives with their heads held high because they know their worth and what they bring to the table. Do you?
I’m a 35 year old single mother who found herself in the midst of a separation this year. I’m finding myself and life again. I work full time during the day with at risk youth and freelance write at night.