What is the Key to Success

There are many opinions and guesses and much advice about the KEY to success. Those with established businesses, entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life ask the same question! What is the key to success?

Any ideas?

So…. I googled it. I found what I expected, a variety of lists. You might think that there would be one definitive list wouldn’t you? Sadly no because we are all different and have different ideas, opinions, goals and even differing views on what success means.

So each person knows, just as I feel that I know. Actually,  I know there are a variety of keys but I also know that there is one thing without which the other keys won’t work.  One thing that you need above all others to reach the pinnacle of success.

Let’s look at the variety of keys required first.

KnowledgeKnowledge   What is the Key to Success

Avoid the Get Rich Quick schemes, you will waste time and money on something that may briefly make money but so often you have to spend more and more to get anywhere. Understand that you cannot reach success by throwing money at something. You need to learn about business, how to go about it and what you have to do to build a successful business.

If you are wanting an online business, then you need to know how to do that. How to set up a website, all about SEO, social media, blogging and then the area you want to go into, selling goods, dropshipping, affiliate marketing etc.

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Without determination, there is no push to keep going. You need to have that resolve to keep going no matter what. If you give up too soon you will never know how close you were to the success you crave.

Determination will keep you going when you are tired and want to stop. It will keep you going when you think that you will never be able to learn all you need to know. It will drive you on when you are convinced that integrating so much knowledge is an impossible task and then keep you moving forwards as you pass that stage and build on what you have learnt.

You have decided you are going to do this and resolved to persevere and keep going regardless of how long it takes to reach success.

Hard workHard work

This should really go without having to be said but in this day and age of instant gratification, I feel it needs to be stated loud and clear!

HARD WORK! It takes hard work to build the foundations of a successful business and hard work to keep it going and being successful.

You will need to put in the work and the time if you want your business to be successful. To keep working towards your goal even when you feel like giving up. At any point you just don’t know how close you might be to success.

You will reach a point of overload, most people do, but if you can work through that it will suddenly become much easier.

So many give up too easily.


Discipline is an obvious one. You have to be disciplined to organise your workload. Perhaps you are working at a job while you build your business, so you need to organise your time and make sure you carry through with the work needed for your fledgling business.

You need discipline to continue, even if you are tired.

Maybe your friends or family want you to go somewhere or do something, the easy option is to just forget the work waiting. But if you are disciplined you will continue to work, even if only a little, knowing that further down the line you will have more time for all those things.


Without this, you might as well not start really. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you won’t. Self-belief is a very big part of success. If you don’t believe in yourself then why would anyone else?

It is easy to say you believe you can do it but saying that and having the complete knowing that you can and will do this, are two entirely different things.

It is human to doubt occasionally at low moments but the majority of your focus should be on success.

The belief should be strong enough to ensure you can ignore all those that try to deter you under the guise of  ‘good advice’.

So What is the Key to Success?


To me, this is the main key to success.

If you don’t have a passion for what you are doing then it comes through in your writing.  You will struggle to find new ideas to write about after a time. The enthusiasm won’t be there in the same way as if you were truly passionate about your niche.

You will probably start off well but then it will become more of a chore.Passion  What is the Key to Success

Often we start out looking at it from the money angle. You know what I mean. You research what is popular and will make you the most money. Let’s be fair. There is nothing wrong with that, we all have to make a living. It’s possible to have sites you aren’t passionate about, that make money. But the chances are that your interest will dwindle despite the earning potential.

Passion will bring a flood of ideas, will make the writing flow, inspire you and pull you back constantly despite any other work you need to do. The right products will come along to either sell or be affiliated with when you are ready.

But most of all, it will be exciting and fun. Fun is not just for kids, it’s for everybody.

When you have passion for what you do, whether it’s a job, working for someone else, or your own business it is fun too.

What about YOU?

Is your life fun? Do you enjoy your work? Is there something you are passionate about that you would like to turn into a business?

Do you dream of working for yourself? Do you have a passion you want to turn into a business?

If you do, now is the best time. With the Pandemic and so many countries going into a fresh lockdown, more people than ever are turning to the internet for jobs and their own business.

What  is the key of success  to you? Do you agree or think something else is the key?  Let me know in the comments.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

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8 thoughts on “What is the Key to Success”

  1. Good morning, I just looked over your site and I found it to be very interesting, I completely agree with you on every aspect of your article ‘Motivating tips…’. You’re right, if you don’t have passion or drive you won’t succeed not to mention hard work and dedication.

    I thought your site is very informative and everyone needs to take a minute and practice your these tips if they want to succeed!

    Thank you for letting me comment, I like it and I don’t have anything to say about it except good job.


    • Thank you for your comments Toni. 

      Many people have different ideas on what the main key is but I believe it’s passion because without that there isn’t much motivation.

  2. Hello Linda, I read this article about success, and I also navigated on your site a little bit, too. First, I want to compliment you for being a strong woman, and I’m glad that you now are well and won against the illness. Turning back to your article, I agree 100% with all your tips and recommendations. For being successful, we need to have the knowledge, to be consistent, determined, and have discipline, to believe in what to do, to work hard, and most of all is the passion. The passion is what gives me the force to move forward and doing all the above tips that you list in this article. And, the last that I want to add, yes, Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform, and I encourage all your readers to try it, following your recommendations.



    • Thank you for your comments Alketa. 

      I am glad you enjoyed my site and this article. Without passion there is no motivation to keep moving forwards but when you are passionate about what you do it makes a big difference.

  3. Thanks for this article. I so much love the way you explained all the subheadings that has to do with the key to success. It is very true that a lot of people, both the successful ones and the upcoming, still ask the question of what the key to success is. Well, there are some facts to talk about in answering that question, and you have clearly highlighted and explained them in this article.

    • Thank you for the comments Kelvin.

      I think there are many different ideas on what the main key to success is. 

      I firmly believe that without passion the others don’t work that well or for any length of time.

  4. Hi I found your link through Twitter.

    I loved reading your article: What is the key to success?

    I would like to add persistence to your list and a Chinese proverb “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

    All the Best for success.

    • Thank you Yvonne, glad you liked it. Persistence is a very good addition and definitely required for success.
      I love that proverb too.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.


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