I’ve been thinking a lot about success lately. I have many goals that once reached will make me feel successful. Although I have not ticked some of them off my list yet, I have managed to find success in my career and personal life. I might not be at my “end goal” but all the little wins along the way have me on a path to success. And for that, I am grateful.

Everyone wants to be successful, but what does that mean? Success is different for everyone. Success might be a modest life with a family or riches and opulence. But, even though there are varying degrees of success, the keys to get there are the same for everyone.

1. Let go of ego
Your ego serves a purpose, but it’ll also self-sabotage. Letting go of ego often means rolling up your sleeves and doing the less glamorous work with a smile. Think about that.

2. You don’t owe anyone anything
Your dreams are yours. How you choose to get there is personal. You don’t owe anyone an explanation, your time, or freebies.

3. There is no one path
I’ve watched so many people come to Hollywood with the dream of becoming a writer or director, only to move back to their hometowns because they wouldn’t allow themselves to take the path less wandered. If you think success is always a straight shot, you’ll never work hard enough or smart enough to get there.

4. There is no timeline
We think we have to have it all figured out and done by the time we’re 30, but that’s not the case. Some go slowly and some go fast… do what feels right in your own time. There is no need to rush.

5. All the little milestones along the way count
All the little things that get you to your end goal are success and should be celebrated! If you have forward movement, you’re successful.

6. Believe in yourself and Don’t Back Down
You can give up and become bitter, or you can fight for what you want. I’m a true believer in “if there is a will, there is a way”.

7. Surround yourself with likeminded people
When you associate with people that are “doing it”, it’ll open doors for you. They might not, but the energy will. Soak up each others awesomeness and keep the vibration high.

8. Let go of the things and people that don’t serve you
In order to keep your vibration high, you have to let go of the things that bring it down. It may be things, it may be people. You will lose people on the path to success, but you will gain so much more in the process.

9. Show Gratitude
The universe does things for people that show gratitude. Find something to be grateful for every day and you will not only find success, you will find happiness.

10. Help others succeed
There is room at the top for everyone.If you know something, teach it. By guiding others, you keep doors open for yourself.

11. Celebrate the Success of others
Jealousy has a low vibration, so celebrate the wins of your friends, peers, and colleagues. Being happy for others creates joy for them AND you.

12. Stay Humble
This is important… Keep your ego in check. Don’t brag. Don’t boast. Arrogance will be cut down by the Universe eventually– and it’ll hurt.