The 20 Most-Read Articles of 2016 on

UPDATED: May 27, 2024
PUBLISHED: December 30, 2016

Here at, we want you to improve your life and to become the very best version of yourself—to reach your full potential, to be successful. We know that you, as a reader, are aspirational and understand and value the fact that you are empowered to control your own destiny. That’s why we do what we do; it’s why we strive to give you the training, inspiration and motivation you need to really grow as an individual.

So what did you achieve this year? What were your proudest moments? What lessons did you learn? Whatever your goals are—big, small and everything in between—we’re excited to help you get there.

You read a lot of tips and tricks on in 2016, but these were the most popular:

1. Rohn: 3 Money Habits That Separate the Rich From the Poor

The 20 Most-Read Articles of 2016 on Why not work full time on your job and part time on your fortune? And what a feeling you’ll have when you can honestly say, “I’m working to become wealthy. I’m not just working to pay my bills.” When you have a wealth plan, you’ll be so motivated that you’ll have a hard time going to bed at night.

2. 5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

The 20 Most-Read Articles of 2016 on We all know that habits can either help or hurt your success in life. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes you away from the things you want to do—and good habits can help you create a life that’s full of action and accomplishment.

3. 18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

The 20 Most-Read Articles of 2016 on SUCCESS.comDecades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

4. 8 Things Successful People Never Waste Time Doing

The 20 Most-Read Articles of 2016 on We’re all looking to be successful in life, but sometimes we are wasting our time doing things that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. And, often, we don’t recognize those things until someone points them out.

5. 5 Toxic Personalities Successful People Avoid

Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you to chase your dreams, through the good and the bad. Your success depends on it.

6. The 10 Principles of Self-Made Billionaires

I’ve spent a significant amount of time with billionaires. I’ve studied them extensively, and here’s what I’ve discovered: Billionaires are billionaires because they all follow a set of unique perspectives, or principles, that help them persevere where others find challenges.I call these 10 principles “The Billionaires’ Success Framework.”

7. Do These 30 Things If You Want to Be Unstoppable

Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don’t compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do—only that you will be forced to respond. Even though they don’t compete with you, they make you compete with them.

8. 12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife and, worst of all, stress.The important thing to remember is that you are in control of far more than you realize.

9. Rohn: 7 Books Everyone Should Read

There is very little difference between someone who cannot read and someone who will not read. The result of either is ignorance. Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

You can start with these seven books and see where the journey of reading takes you, how much higher you can climb because of the growing stack of books under your feet. Read, read read—and let the books touch you, make you think, challenge your views and carry you to new horizons.

10. The 5 Non-Negotiable Disciplines of a High Achiever

Daily interruptions are inevitable. Acting on a fear of missing out, we allow the beeps, dings and vibrations to interject, to assure us that we’re connected, and subconsciously we tell ourselves that that constant connection has no impact on the amount of work we can accomplish. But, in reality, we’re so bombarded with outside noise, it becomes almost impossible to avoid—and our productivity suffers because of it.

11. 7 Powerful Habits of a Self-Made Millionaire

No. 6: Ask questions. Most people assume that they know answers. Their assumptions actually hold them back from knowing the truth. You should want to ask questions to gain clarity about the direction you are heading, but the fact is that many people don’t ask any questions—they habitually guess their way.

To become a millionaire, don’t answer your questions, but question your answers. When you need to know the facts, you must inquire—don’t just make assumptions.

12. 41 Books to Motivate You to Become Your Best Self

Take control of your future with fascinating reads such as the Power of Broke by Daymond John, Think Simple by Ken Segall and Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

13. 10 Things Exceptionally Successful People Do on the Weekends

It is one thing to be successful and it is another thing to be exceptionally successful. But to attain a high level of success, you have to be willing to put in the work. Because the theme of the modern-day careerist is this: How do you get more done in less time?

So while a lot of people see the weekend as a time to hang out and relax, exceptionally successful people have a different idea of how Saturdays and Sundays should be spent. Here is how they spend their weekends to set the tone for a week of crazy productive work.

14. 20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

We throw them around in meetings, emails and important documents (such as résumés and client reports), and they land like fingernails across a chalkboard on everyone who has to hear or read them. Which of these commonly confused words throw you off?

15. 8 Traits You Need to Be Successful (Your IQ Isn’t One of Them)

Is it possible that intelligence is overrated? Although a natural touch for acquiring and making sense of knowledge is undoubtedly a valuable trait in our professional and personal lives, research has shown that there are far more important factors at play when it comes to succeeding at our goals and duties.

16. What Happened When I Didn’t Complain for 30 Days

Mark Twain once said that “habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” I have lived by these words, coaxing change in my life by giving up 12 indulgences and conveniences (chocolate, shopping and cellphones among them), one per month for a year. Then I literally wrote the book on my experiences.

As I sacrificed something I liked month to month, I unfortunately adopted complaining as a coping mechanism. It was time to stop the carping and rebalance my life, so that’s how I came to accept another monthlong challenge: I would not complain for the entire month. Or at least I would give it my best effort.

17. 7 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Successful People

When you see people who are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things, you can’t help but wonder, What is it that makes them so different? Numerous studies show recurring characteristics congruent with high achievers. Exceptionally successful people do these seven things.

18. 10 Tips to Achieve Anything You Want in Life

I’ve trained with some of the best coaches on the planet during my 20-year sports career, and again when I competed in the 2008 Olympics. But when I wanted to start my own company, it wasn’t as easy as I’d thought it would be. So, here are my 10 best tips for achieving anything you want in life.

19. 11 Things Smart People Don’t Say

No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain phrases that instantly change the way people see you and can forever cast you in a negative light. These phrases are so loaded with negative implications that they can undermine careers in short order. How many of these career killers have you heard around the office lately?

20. John Addison: 3 Daily Habits of Very Successful People

Your habits and patterns determine the direction of your life, so it should come as no surprise that successful people have successful habits. In my more than three decades in business, I’ve practiced three habits in particular that I think have played a huge role in my success and can help you maximize yours.

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