Do you have what it takes to be successful?
There are a lot of researches that study and identify the qualities that differentiate successful people.
Now, check for yourself if you share similar characteristics. I’m sure you will be uplifted and reassured if you share similar qualities!
On the other hand, if you find that you don't have similar characteristics, you will be able to incorporate those qualities and achieve all the success you ever wanted!
Here is the 1st sign:
1. You Stay Focused On Your Priorities!
There was a dinner party in 2016, where Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were speaking to Bill Gates’ father.
At some point, a gentleman approached the group of people and said, “Sorry for disturbing you. Obviously you are one of the most successful people of our time. Could you please tell me what the secret to success is?”
The group of people replied, “It is focus!”
You have to know what you want, and you have to stay focused.
Nowadays, we are faced with so many distractions. It is so easy to lose yourself to many things. However, one thing that successful people do differently, is that they stay focused on their goals and what is important to them.
2. You Are Ambitious!
There was an extensive study by Harvard University about the psychology of successful people. It found that the number 1 quality of success was ‘the hunger’ for success – in other words, ambition!
Think about any successful person you know. You will find that he or she is always hungry for success and progress. They never settle.
In fact, think about Donald Trump. Put aside his political views, and analyse his life. In 2016 he was 70 years old and was worth $3 billion. A lot of people at that situation would prefer to have a relaxed life.
On the other hand, Trump strived to have a political life, even though it is a highly stressful one. This is because successful people never settle. They always strive to achieve more.
3. You Value Your Time A Lot!
Time is money. You can earn more money, but you can never earn more time. Sounds clichéd? Well, it’s still true.
Successful people really live by this statement. They don't waste time. Instead, they consciously decide where to spend their time.
My brother, a TV journalist, once had to interview a very successful entrepreneur. The entrepreneur asked for the interview to begin at 3:23 PM and finish at 3:30 PM. He did not allocate more than 7 minutes to this activity. That is how strict he was with his time!
“You can ask me for anything you like, except time.”
– Napoléon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French
4. You Have A Vision For The Kind Of Life You Wish To Live!
It is impossible to hit a target that you don't see. Successful people envision their preferred future – their dream!
One famous example of this – is Jim Carrey. In the beginning of his career, he used to drive up to Hollywood hill and dream of becoming a world famous entertainer and actor. He even wrote to himself a check worth $10 million for acting services; he used to carry this dummy check in his pocket just as a reminder of what he wanted to become.
There is nothing wrong in dreaming, as long as you supplement this dream with actions which will turn them into reality.
“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
5. You Hate Mediocrity!
Do you usually take notice of people who are leading a mediocre and unhappy life? Do you see that they are stuck? Do you feel like they have the potential to lead their life a lot better?
If you have thoughts such as this, it is clear that you are on your way to success.
“Think different.” – motto of Apple Company.
"Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice (one of the most famous football players of all times)
6. You Do Not Buy Things To Impress Friends!
Nowadays, we tend to buy a lot of fancy gadgets and cool things, just to show-off to our peers and be at par with them. Doing so, forces us to spend a lot of money; making it very tough for us to have savings that we can actually invest in ourselves and our futures.
Instead follow the approach that rich people take.
A book called ‘The Millionaire next door’ by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, studied a lot of American millionaires. They found a common trait – most successful people under-consumed materialistic things.
They did not spend quite as much as they could afford. In fact, a lot of the times, their neighbours had no clue that these guys were millionaires.
7. You Are A Lifelong Learner!
“To earn more, you must learn more.” — Brian Tracy (famous motivational speaker)
Successful people are obsessive learners. They seize every opportunity to learn new things and hone their skills.
Donald Trump was once asked to tell his secret to success in 1 word. He replied, - ‘Knowledge.’
Another famous politician, Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the USA), was famous for being able to hold a conversation with just about anybody.
The reason why he managed to be such a charismatic person was because he was an avid reader. Even when he was the president, he used to read a book every day before breakfast.
If you are a lifelong learner, it ensures that you will always keep moving forwards.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford
There are some qualities that most successful people share. Reply with a comment, how many of these you share too:
- You stay focused on your priorities.
- You are ambitious.
- You value your time a lot.
- You have a vision for the kind of life you want.
- You hate mediocracy.
- You do not buy things to impress friends.
- You are a lifelong learner.