I’ve done a little searching on what successful people have in common and I have found nine items that successful people possess that rung true from my perspective of someone who is striving to someday be successful.
They are ambitious. They see themselves capable of being the best. They see themselves with the capacity of being really good at what they do.
They are courageous. Successful people work to confront the fears that hold most people. Failure and doubt being two of these fears.
They are committed. The top people in every field are completely committed.
They are prepared. Successful people review every detail in advance. They do things that the average person is not willing to do. They make sacrifices the average person is not willing to make. But the difference it makes is extraordinary. Before going into a meeting, they do their homework. Before they give a speech, they research the information and practice their talking points. They dive in to review every detail of the situation before they take it on.
They are continuous learners. High achievers recognize the need to be continually getting better. They read and take additional training. The professional never stops learning.
Successful people are constantly getting better. Someone who achieves great success is always improving, “whether it’s their career, project, product, or service.” Continuous improvement means getting good at something, then getting better, and then aiming to be our best.
Successful people are passionate about what they do. To determine if you’ve found your passion, ask yourself, “Would you do it for free?” If the answer is yes, then you’ve likely found it.
Obsessive Attention to Detail. The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. – Charles R. Swindoll.
They do more than what’s asked of them. They view their job descriptions as just the starting point of what they can do in their jobs. When they’ve completed their required tasks, they will ask to take on more projects that challenge them. They are even willing to do the tedious work most co-workers don’t want to do in order to be a team player.
Taking these nine items to heart might put each of us on the road to the success we are striving to achieve.