- Written by Janine
What do have highly successful people in common?
We have all read about people who become successful for a short period of time.
They win a gold medal, make a fortune, or are the star in one great movie and then disappear.
Or, there are those like Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes who achieve extraordinary success, at the cost of their own lives.
These examples do not inspire me.
My focus and fascination are people who seem to do well in many areas of life and do it over and over through a lifetime.
These are the people who inspire me and I’ve noticed that these highly successful people have the following traits in common.
They Work Hard
Yes, and they play hard, too! They get up early, they rarely complain, they expect performance from others, but they expect extraordinary performance from themselves.
Repeated, high-level success starts with a recognition that hard work pays off.
They are Incredibly Curious and Eager to Learn
Highly successful people study, ask questions and learn new stuff constantly.
An interesting point, however: While most of them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take advantage of what they learn.
Repeated success is not about memorizing facts, it’s about being able to take information and create, build, or apply it in new and important ways.
Successful people want to learn everything about everything.
Networking Pays off in Many Different Ways
They know lots of people, and they know lots of different kinds of people.
Highly successful people listen to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and bartenders.
They don’t have to be “the life of the party”, in fact, many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value relationships.
Successful people have their phone’s contact list full of people who value their friendship and return their calls.
They Work on Themselves and Never Quit
While the “over-night wonders” become arrogant and quickly disappear, really successful people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management skills, and every other detail of life.
When a relationship or business deal goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect to do better next time.
Successful people don’t tolerate flaws; they fix them.
They are Extraordinarily Creative
They go around asking, “Why not?” and see new combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities, and challenges where others see problems or limitations.
They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, “I’ve got it!”
They ask for advice, try things out, consult experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper solution.
Successful people CREATE.
They are Self-Reliant and Take Responsibility
Incredibly successful people don’t worry about blame, and they don’t waste time complaining.
They make decisions and move on. Sometimes they are criticized for taking this to extremes.
Jimmy Carter carried his own briefcase and a President “shouldn’t” do that.
Extremely successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success.
They are Relaxed and Keep Their Perspective
Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep their balance, they know the value of timing, humor, and patience.
They rarely panic or make decisions on impulse.
Unusually successful people breath easily, ask the right questions and make sound decisions – even in a crisis.
Highly Successful People Live in the Present Moment
They know that “Now” is the only time they can control.
They have a “gift” for looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal, reading a book or playing with a child.
They never seem rushed, and they get a lot done.
They take full advantage of each day. Successful people don’t waste time, they use it wisely.
They “Look Over the Horizon” to see the Future
They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts and hear the nuances that others miss.
A basketball player wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid wearing them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them is an investment opportunity.
Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!
Successful People Respond Instantly
When an investment isn’t working out, they sell.
When they see an opportunity, they make the call.
If an important relationship is cooling down, they take the time to renew it.
When technology or a new competitor or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, they are the first and quickest to respond.
These traits work together in combination, giving highly successful people a huge advantage.
Because they are insatiable learners, they can respond wisely to change. Because their personal relationships are strong, they have good advisors, and a reserve of goodwill when things go bad.
And finally, none of these traits are genetic. They can be learned!
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