We all want to live happily ever after, but it’s not going to happen if we just wait for it.

In fact, all that happens if we do that is that we’ll get passed in our goals by other people who worked harder and weren’t so lazy.

So what are the tips for living happily and successfully?

1) Stay true to yourself

If you get rich doing something you don’t believe in, or worse, you actively disagree with, then you’re not going to be happy or successful.

People will be able to tell you don’t believe in what you’re saying and they’ll instinctively back away from you.

You’ll be a shell of a person, hating yourself and believing you have to lie to make a living.

However, if you take a low-paid job doing something you’re passionate about, you’ll rise up quickly through the ranks.

People will sense your enthusiasm and your love for the job, and will flock to you.

Sure, there might be others who achieve more than you—say you want to be an actor, not everyone’s going to win the Oscar—but your happiness is what matters.

And when you’re happy, you’re successful.

2) Always do the best you can

This applies to work, but it also applies to relationships and life in general.

If you don’t try, you’ll know; and you could be getting rid of a relationship that you need in your life.

A friend will be able to tell when you’re not putting your all into the friendship, and they might want someone who’s actually going to be there for them.

But if you do the most you can every time you sit down and start something new, you’re going to succeed.

Even if you don’t do as well as you hoped, you’ll always know that you did what you could.

3) Don’t be afraid

Nobody has ever said on their deathbed, ‘I wish I was more careful and timid’.

Let your inner child, who’s worried it will get in trouble if it says something wrong, grow up.

Put your ideas forward.

Argue your case.

The worse that will happen is that someone will laugh, and if you laugh along with them suddenly they’re not making you the focus of attention.

These are three easy ways to live happily and successfully.

Life is too long not to!

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