The meaning of success can be a bit tricky because it’s so subjective. Rarely do two people share the same exact experiences. However, there are certain milestones that are general enough to help give us a sense of direction.

These milestones help pick us up when times are hard, lift our morale. They serve as a reminder of how far we’ve gotten and how much we’ve accomplished. They also act as a beacon to help guide us if ever we stray from our goals and objectives.

Here are 10 of the most common signs you’re on the road to success:

1| You have plans and you’re passionate about them.

Most people think success is all about the goals. And while that’s certainly true, but the bigger part of success is having the framework to help navigate you until you reach those goals. You’re excited about what you do, and enjoy every minute working to bring your plan to life, and you don’t let others’ definition of success influence your vision.

2| You learn from your mistakes.

Acknowledging your shortcomings can be tough, but looking at things from a wider angle will give you mental clarity and you’ll be able to try things differently next time around. And being able to adapt means, you’ll find more creative ways and insights to achieving your goals. Also, learning from the mistakes others make means you’re in tune to those around you, which can help you gain valuable knowledge from their experiences.

3| You strive for more.

Having constant goals that you’re trying to reach is a sign that you’re motivated and excited about life. Seeing the future before it actually plays out is an important trait of successful people who know what they want and are constantly devising plans to get it. Also, looking at obstacles as learning experiences means you’re confident about your abilities and are willing to learn something new from every bump in the road, and that you’re willing to improve.

4| You welcome feedback.

Criticism can be harsh, especially if you’re just starting out. However, you need to see it as helpful advice, instead of taking it personally. Use it as a guide to help improve yourself.

5| You spend your time wisely.

Planning your schedule in an efficient manner to get as many things done as possible means that you don’t get sidetracked easily, and that you’re focused and punctual. It also means you’re an early riser, excited about what the day has in store for you.

6| You have initiative.

You aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, and work outside your comfort zone. You know that no one will turn your dream into a reality except you. So be willing to roll up your sleeves and jump right in, brainstorming ideas and constantly looking for better and newer ways to achieve your goals.

7| You’re excited about learning new things.

Being curious about everything means you gain a little bit of knowledge that you didn’t possess yesterday. It’s always better if you end your day a bit wiser than when you started. Learning about new things keeps you up-to-date in this ever-evolving age we live in.

8| You work well with others.

Contrary to what some people believe, when you work well with others and play on each other’s strengths, you all come out winners. And best of all, you reach your goal faster and with better results.

One negative aspect of working with others is that it’s easy to assign blame. However, those who are confident in their abilities will step up, take responsibility, and work hard at finding an alternative solution. They’re also happy when others are successful and treat others with respect, and are willing to lend a hand if someone struggling in one way or another.

9| You know your weaknesses and strengths.

Working to improve your weaknesses and polishing your strengths is a sure sign of success unto itself. When you approach life with that mentality, you exude confidence and a sense of inner stability. And who wouldn’t want to work with someone like that?

10| You’re tenacious and don’t give up easily.

Even when things aren’t going your way, you don’t see giving up as an option. You have goals in mind, and plans to follow to reach those goals and nothing can stand in your way. You stay positive in the face of adversity, and don’t settle for less.