Most people aim blindly and hope for the best. Wouldn’t you rather KNOW you are making the right connections in order to long-term build success? I have listed three things anyone can do in order to start paving their way to success.


What do I mean by right people? Well, that depends on what you want to do or be. I myself want to be a journalist or at least in the field of media so I surround myself with professionals in the field. I also make sure that my friends are pushing me to be the best person that I can be and I would assume that is why they choose to be my friend as well.
You might rebuttal by saying that you don’t have the opportunity to meet those kinds of people but to that I say; you make your own opportunities.
The people I surround myself with are in my workplace and I find myself here because I applied for an internship (that I wasn’t sure I was going to get.) You have to not only surround yourself with the right people but you have to get into the right space.


In order to be successful, you can’t spend all your time and effort doing one thing. You need to branch out and have a hand in every pot. You don’t even need to be apart of every single thing, sometimes all you need is to be in the right place at the right time.
When I first got to college I tried out a plethora of clubs and organizations in order to find what I really liked and to meet new people. I had no expectation when walking in beside wanting to expand my horizons.
Try scheduling an event for yourself once or twice a month. Whether it be a career fair or maybe a panel of speakers. Introduce yourself to everyone and make sure you have a good firm handshake (trust me this is VERY important.)
Now once you have given yourself the opportunity to meet the right people, you have to say the right things.


Now that you have found yourself in the right place with the right person, what do you say? There a couple of things I personally lean towards when you are in the first impression moment. These are universal phrases that everyone wants to hear about another individual.

  1. You need me because this is what I offer to your company.
    • Everyone is self-involved and looking out for what they need, this is why this statement is important. You are showing them why you are invaluable.
    • “You’ll never please everyone, but you only have to please a few people to get an offer.” — Harvey MacKay
  1. I am a problem solver but I am not afraid to ask questions.
    • Employers and successful people understand that no one knows everything and that life will throw you screwballs (sports analogy.) They also recognize that if you are willing to admit you might not know everything you are teachable which means you have potential – they LOVE that.
    • “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad
  1. My failures only contribute to my success.
    • This shows others you are passionate and aren’t afraid to go out and get what you want even if life makes it hard. Complaining about circumstances never helped anyone grow. No one is going to be a success for you, so you must do it on your own.
    • “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

So there are three ways to build your own personal success story. Just remember that these tips aren’t what makes you successful, you make you a success.
Be yourself and don’t act like anyone else. Someone else’s journey can be aspiring to you but it is not your path. We all have to develop, grow, and learn from our own experiences but by applying these actions to your life you can know you are going in the right direction.