How To Be Successful In Life: 10 Tips From 5 Times TEDx Speaker Manish Advani

How to be successful in life? Many people face this question and find it hard to get the answer. You can’t get the solution in any academic book, neither an exam can tell you about it. You can answer it only when you experiment new things or learn from a person who has seen various aspects and achieved many things in life. The later one is the quickest method as you can gain knowledge from there experience in a very short time.

One such person, who can share ways to find success in life or career is Mr Manish Advani. Mr Manish is a five times TEDx speaker and Head of Marketing & Public relations at Mahindra Special Service Group. A person with almost two decades of professional experience, he has worked with big companies like Microsoft, Jaguar, and Land Rover. He has also completed various programs from prestigious Harvard Business School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad. He is a person with an extraordinary and multifaceted career, who can unquestionably share some expertise in building a solid career and finding success in life. And, we are pleased to tell you that he has shared ten tips in an interaction with us.

So here are ten tips on ‘How to be successful in life?’ 

1. Explore Opportunities to find success

“We have a scripted education system. You can do something exciting in life when you explore different opportunities and find an inspiring purpose. You should show hundred percent commitment to your purpose because then success becomes a by-product.”

It’s a very important tip because when you find an inspiring purpose, then you leave no stone unturned and don’t quit even if you fail. 

2. Love what you do and do what you love.

“It’s necessary to love what one does else one will get suffocated and frustrated.”

You spend most of your day working. So, it’s necessary to love your work. But it is also essential to plan things and work in a rightful way as you can’t let your passion turn into a blunder or liability.


3. Overcome fear of failures and public speaking.

“Learn to self-kick else one will become sick. It’s all got to do with the mind. We fail when we stop trying. Public Speaking will become a piece of cake if one does speak to himself or herself looking in the mirror.”

For an average person, fear of failure and public speaking is greater than the terror of death. You have to overcome them to become successful. As Mr Manish has rightly said, “it’s all got to do with the mind.” Our mind makes us believe that something bad will happen if we fail or speak in front of a crowd. So, you have to confront and go against these thoughts. Talking in front of a mirror can also help you build confidence because if you don’t believe in yourself, then it’s very hard to convince others. 

4. Travel 

“Learn to travel as much as possible, there is a famous quote, ‘when you travel; it’s like reading a book. When you stay where you are, then it’s like reading one page.'”

When you travel and meet different people with diverse thinking then it expands your outlook and thought process. 

5. Develop the habit of listening

“The habit of listening, this skill is becoming rare by the day. If one learns to develop this quality; a person will certainly thrive.”

This a very important habit and answers the question ‘How to be successful in life’ as many people fail to do it and that makes the difference. As Mark Twain once said, “If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.”

You can also watch his TEDx talk on ‘Life always comes back in a full circle’ here:

6. Work smart

“I think instead of hard work you should focus on smart work; luck will follow you.”

Working smart is nothing but doing things with a strategy. Also, you have to change your approach according to circumstances instead of doing the same thing again and again.

7. Set goals

“It’s very important to have both short and long-term goals.”

Our mind is a goal-seeking machine. To become successful in life and career, you must set a life goal (long-term), and then break it into many parts (short-term goals). You must further divide these short-term goals into daily tasks and work accordingly. This way you improve your chances of success. 

Mr Manish Advani (R) with Mr Anand Mahindra

8. Read self-improvement books

“Books are the basis of success. There are many books like

1. Swim with Sharks 2. The Journey Home 3. Good to Great.

You must have noticed that many successful people emphasize on Reading books. It’s a common habit of all thriving people.

9. Concentrate on your goals

“You should concentrate on your goals the way Arjuna saw the eye of the bird.”

It’s a very important success tip for ‘how to be successful in life.’ You should not change your goal frequently because of failures or some external factor. You will face difficulties, but you must focus on your goal and learn from your failures to succeed in your life.

10. Follow this key to success quote

“You get a living by what you get,

You get a life by what you give.”

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