What are the chances of you making it? How likely are you going to be successful?
I always asked myself the question, what is it that makes the successful successful? I’ve always been fascinated by the mindset
of the super successful, their discipline, focus, and determination in the face of difficulties.
1. Successful People Have Great Habits
Unsuccessful people have lousy habits, habits like smoking, drinking, taking drugs, watching too much TV. Successful people are where they are today because of their habits. Habits determine 95% of a person’s behavior.
Everything that you are today, everything that you will accomplish in the future, is determined by the quality of the habits that you form.
Successful people are simply those with successful habits. Successful habits could be getting up in the morning, meditate, reading, exercising regularly.
2. Successful People Are Incredibly Driven
How driven are you? I’m not talking about you being a nightmare to work with or bullying other people. I’m talking about you pushing yourself to get results.
It’s your personal drives that turn your ideas into actions and into results. It is your personal drive that keeps you going when things get tough. It is your personal drives that enables you to bounce back from disappointment and setback.
For the first five years of my career, I didn’t take a single day off. I was working 10, 12, 14 hours every single day for five years straight. I was driven to provide for my family. I was driven to prove other people wrong.
3. Successful People Are Confident In Their Abilities
The two biggest enemies to success, number one, self-doubt, and number two, fear of the unknown. We struggle with self-doubt. We worry, are we ready for this? Are we good enough? Do we actually have what it takes to succeed? Confidence is nothing more than believing in yourself, and believing in yourselves is nothing more than doing the things that you once didn’t believe that you could do.
Confidence comes from competence. It’s easy to believe in yourself when everyone believes in you. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about believing in yourself when you’re not ready, believing in yourself when no one believes you when everyone doubts you, That is when you need to develop that unshakeable self-confidence, that belief that you can do it.
Confidence is not the same as arrogance. Arrogance is thinking that you’re above everybody else. Confidence is knowing that no one is above you. Do you feel confident enough in your own abilities that you can do what it takes? Are you willing to bet on yourself? How often you invest in yourself. Are you willing to put everything you have on the line for your goals and for your dreams?
You might have the best ideas and most brilliant ideas in the world, but if you cannot articulate those ideas, you don’t know how to communicate those ideas to other people, you won’t go anywhere. Communication skills come in many forms such as writing an email, or writing social media posts, or conducting that meeting, or speaking one-on-one with a prospect or even speaking to large groups of people.
All successful people have one thing in common, which is the ability to influence, persuade, and inspire other people.
5. They Have a Growth Mindset
Mark Cuban reads three hours a day. Bill Gates reads at least one hour per day. You should focus constantly on learning all the time by reading a book, listening to a podcast, talking to other successful people, getting coaching from your mentors. Successful people are always learning and growing, and they never stop.
6. Successful People Embrace Failures
Do you embrace failures? Or do you take failures personally? successful people are ridiculously positive about their future. They always speak positively about their future. They believe in themselves. They have positive expectations about their future. Walt Disney was fired by news editors saying that he had no imagination and no creativity. Steven Spielberg was rejected three times by film school before getting his huge break. Colonel Sanders, at the age of 56, got rejected a thousand times for his recipe before a restaurant picks it up.
The most successful people in any field are usually the ones who have failed more than anybody else. The difference between a successful person and everyone else is not a lack of strength, it’s not a lack of knowledge. It’s a lack of will. Winston Churchill said it best, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
Take sales and closing for example. The most successful salespeople, the highest-paid successful closers are the ones who experience rejections on a day-to-day basis more than anybody else, and that’s what makes them successful. Success is on the razor’s edge of failure.
7. They Have High Emotional Intelligence
They may not be the smartest people in the world, but they surround themselves with smart people. They may not be the best students in the world, but yet they demonstrate a high degree of emotional intelligence. When it comes to success, EQ eats IQ for breakfast. IQ is mostly genetic, its what you’re born with. However, EQ could be developed, learned, and refined.
Successful people have a high degree of emotional intelligence, they don’t crack under pressure. They stay calm. They know how to deal with stress and anxiety, even when things don’t go their way. Successful people are also very self-aware, they know what they’re good at, and what they’re not good at, what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are. They know how to manage their emotions. They refuse to feel inadequate, resentful, disappointed when failure hits them.
So how many of these signs do you have? How likely are you going to be successful? If you have a few of these signs, congratulations. Chances of you becoming successful, it’s quite high. If you have all these signs, then the chances of you becoming successful are very, very high.