The Top Ten Characteristics of Successful People
My role models are these people! My research has revealed that they share the following characteristics:
1. They put in a lot of effort! Yes, they do play hard, too! They get up early, rarely complain, and have high expectations of others' performance. Still, they also have high expectations for themselves. Hard work pays off in the long run, which is the first step to repeating success.
2. They have an insatiable desire to learn. The study, inquire, and read all the time for these students! Even though most of them did well in school and learned a lot, the difference is that these people put their knowledge to use. When it comes to repeated success, it's not about memorizing facts; it's about taking information and creating, building, or applying it in meaningful ways. Those who are successful want to know everything there is to know!
3. They collaborate. Many people know them, and they know many people from various backgrounds. Friends, coworkers, and bartenders are all sources of information for them. Many are shy and quiet, but they care about people and their relationships. They don't need to be "the life of the party." Their phone calls are returned, and those in their social circle value their friendships.
4. They never give up on themselves! While the "overnight wonders" become arrogant and quickly fade away, genuinely successful people work on their personality, leadership skills, management skills, and every other aspect of their lives. If something goes wrong, they believe they can learn from it and expect to do better the next time. You can't be a successful person if you don't fix your flaws!
5. They have a unique ability to think outside the box. What's the point of not doing this? In places where others see problems or limitations, they see new combinations, new possibilities, new challenges, and new opportunities. They scream, "I've got it!" in the middle of the night. They seek advice from experts and amateurs alike, always looking to find a better, faster, and less expensive solution. If you want to succeed, you have to make something!
6. They are self-reliant and take responsibility for their actions. There is no place for blaming and no time for complaining in the life of a successful person. Moving on is the only option for them at this time in their lives. We can take this to extremes – Jimmy Carter carried his briefcase, and a President "shouldn't" do that! Highly accomplished people take charge and accept the burdens of their success.
7. Relaxed and centered, they maintain a sense of perspective. High achievers know the importance of timing, humor, and patience, even amid adversity. They are not prone to panic or rash decisions. Even during a crisis, they can ask the right questions and make decisions.
8. People who are a highly successful life in the here and now. There is only one time they can control, "now." As a result, they have a "gift" for looking people in the eye and listening attentively to what they have to say. As a result, they accomplish a great deal in a short time frame. They make the most of every day. If you want to succeed, don't waste your time!
9. To see what's to come, they "peek over the horizon." They watch the trends, notice shifts, and pick up on subtlety that other people miss. Wearing Nikes on the court is inconsequential, but if your teenage son or daughter demands that you buy them, they are an investment opportunity! The most successful people live in the now with one eye on the future!
10. The most successful people in the world are quick to react. They'll sell an investment if it doesn't pan out. They don't hesitate to take advantage of an opportunity when they see it. When a meaningful relationship is on the verge of deteriorating, they take the time to rekindle it. They are the first and fastest to adapt to new technology, a new competitor, or a shift in the economic climate.
Combining these traits provides a massive advantage to those with a history of success. Because they are always learning, they can adapt quickly to new situations. Personal connections allow them to rely on trusted advisers and to have a reserve of goodwill when things go wrong. In addition, none of these characteristics are inherited! They're doable, and you can learn them! They're free, and you can put them to good use. Start right now!
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