Success is something that all of us wish to attain. But if it were so easy, everyone who wanted it would have it – it’s relative elusiveness is what makes it special. It’s exclusive to a handful of people who did extraordinary things in their lives to get them to where they are today. And it wasn’t because they were lucky or because it was just handed to them.
Most successful people in this world started from the bottom and worked their way up in life. The only time luck plays a role is when you are in the right place at the right time, but it’s up to you to get yourself there and then.
Being successful is all about how badly you want it and how much you’re willing to work for it – it’s about the traits you possess to help get you there. Do you have what it takes? The best way to figure that out is to look at the traits of extremely successful people and see how you can begin adapting them into your life so that you can eventually end up just like them.
1. They Work Extremely Hard
Successful people understand that without hard work you get nowhere in life. They know the basic science of life: your input will equal your output. They don't depend on luck to get them anywhere, they depend on their skills and ambition to get them to where they want.
They have sacrificed everything to get to their position and will eat and sleep thinking about work. It becomes a part of their life and even if they have to stay up for a few days or be up at 5am every morning, they make sure they do it because they love it.
They will rarely complain about how hard they are working because they know that all their hard work will pay off. They expect the utmost from themselves -- and when they are focused, there is nothing that can stop them.
2. They Are Incredibly Curious And Eager To Learn.
Most people are stubborn; they don't like to learn or explore new things and are very narrow-minded. Successful people are the complete opposite. They are very open-minded and are always studying something new, learning and constantly asking questions so that they can find out more information.
They know that knowledge is the backbone of success and they are hungry for more information because the more they know the easier it makes it for them. They apply or take advantage of what they learn in life. Successful people want to learn everything about everything!
3. They Network.
Your network is your net worth, as the good old saying goes. They don't have to be the life of the party or the loudest one in the room. In fact they are usually quiet because they move in silence rather then being too loud.
They are constantly networking with others, exchanging information and asking people what they do before they even ask their name. Successful people have a Rolodex full of people who value their friendship and return their calls. In today’s world, it is all about the people you know and how they help you get to where you want to be.
4. They Work On Themselves And Never Quit!
Peasants are stagnant, they never grow and they get very comfortable with where their life is. The truly successful people are the ones that are always working on themselves and their lives. They are working on their personality, leadership skills, management skills, as well as every other detail of life. Successful people don’t tolerate flaws; they fix them.
5. They Are Extraordinarily Creative.
There are those who just accept everything in life and don't like change and then there are successful people who like to question the status quo and change things that are too consistent. They go around asking, “Why not?” They see new possibilities and opportunities where others see problems. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, “I’ve got it!” Successful people create stuff and innovate things. They are the ones that change the world.
6. They Are Self-Reliant And Take Responsibility.
Many people will find things to shift blame towards or find excuses as to why they are not successful so that they can make themselves feel better about the situation. All they are doing is giving themselves bullshit reasons. Incredibly successful people don’t worry about blame, and they don’t waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on. Extremely successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success.
7. They Are Usually Relaxed And Keep Their Perspective.
Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep their balance. They breathe easy, ask the right questions, and make sound decisions, even in a crisis. They understand that when you let emotions get in the way of something, that’s when it all goes down hill. Life is about dealing with problems and successful people are the best problem solvers on planet earth because they don't dwell on it.
8. Extremely Successful People Live In The Present Moment.
They know that “now” is the only time they can control. Successful people don’t waste time; they use it! They understand that the past is the past and they have learned from it. The future is what will happen when they are exceling in their present.
They are always focused on the current moment and don't get lost in the game of time. They “look over the horizon” to see the future. Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!
9. Repeatedly Successful People Respond Instantly!
When technology, a new competitor or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, successful people are the first and quickest to respond. They don't let things drag on or take too long to do something. They understand that time is everything…and that things need to happen fast.
10. Successful People Never Quit
Most people in today’s world will walk away from something because they find it too hard, whereas successful people love challenges. They understand that if it were easy, they wouldn't want it and sacrifice it all to defeat the challenge at hand. They would rather die than quit at what they are doing. Their goal is to be the best always and to be on top because that is where their ambition and passion lies.
Preston Waters | Elite.