Simple, yet remarkable! Follow these ten traits if you want to succeed.
Highly successful people seem to have specific characteristics in common that make them the best in their field. It is easy to identify millionaires’ traits and behaviors, but adopting them can take some practice.
1. The power of positivity and self-esteem
Successful people are rarely pessimists, and neither do they want to be surrounded by them. What drives them is a positive outlook, and they never see problems, just possibilities – nor do they complain. They don’t get disheartened if things don’t go as expected.
It was Sir Winston Churchill who said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Self-esteem goes together with a positive outlook and is defined by how someone sees themselves. Highly successful people are comfortable with themselves and are aware of their best qualities. They never compare themselves with others because they know that no two people are alike.
2. Self-discipline and achieving goals
Self-discipline is an essential trait of highly successful people. It starts with them clearly defining what they want and then following that path without fail. People with self-discipline understand the consequences of failing, and this increases their desire to succeed.
An essential part of their commitment to self-discipline is accountability. They consider themselves responsible for both their accomplishments and failures.
3. Self-awareness and understanding limitations
Self-awareness is just as critical as self-discipline because it allows individuals to know who they are. They understand their abilities and limitations. Understanding these attributes will enable them to focus on the things they are good at, and they pass on something they aren’t capable of to others.
4. Persistence and hard work – a winning combination
The path to success can resemble a roller coaster. Many successful people have either failed a few times or have had their ideas rejected somewhere along the line. However, their belief in themselves helps them stick to their guns. Eventually, their persistence pays off.
Most financially successful people were not born into money but have worked hard to get to the top. Their inevitable persistence means they are hard workers, putting in long hours and making sacrifices along the way.
5. Quest for knowledge
Inquisitiveness is another personal characteristic of millionaires. Some are geniuses, but others continue to learn throughout their lives. This quest for knowledge gives them the resources and understanding required to face the challenges of making money and succeeding. Socrates, the Greek philosopher, said: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.”
6. Calculated risk-takers
Most successful business people have taken a risk on the road toward success. These risks are not based on dumb moves but are usually calculated and based on intuition. Apple took a chance when it introduced the iPhone – a gamble that paid off.
7. Decisiveness leads to results
We all know the hare, and the tortoise story, but slow and steady does not have the same business results. Millionaires and successful business people are decisive, quick-thinking, and never look back.
8. Prioritization gets tasks done
The list of tasks we must get through in a day is endless. Successful people know how to sort out and prioritize the most relevant, leaving less critical studies to others or for later. They know how to control their time and never over-commit by saying no. They also know when tasks need to be delegated to others, and they surround themselves with capable people.
9. Communication includes listening
Communication is vital, and we all spend our days doing it in one way or another. Successful people know the power of communication, and they cultivate both their written and vocal communication skills. They enjoy interacting with others and willingly introduce and exchange information. The most successful leaders are good listeners, always making sure they understand the other person’s perspective before responding.
10. Emotional maturity and success
Volatile people rarely achieve the same levels of success as those that are emotionally mature. Emotional maturity means knowing when emotions must be kept under control. Successful people draw others around them because they are respectful and engaging.
Perhaps you don’t have all these traits, but success should not be too difficult to attain if you are willing to cultivate them. Learn to own your mistakes, be approachable and warm.
Finally, don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by meaningless things as you travel down the path you have envisioned.