What admirable qualities successful people have that distinguishes them from everyone else?
In this article, you will learn 3 personal qualities that all highly successful people share. Check for yourself and assess whether you have ALL 3 components.
Similar to a number lock, you must have all the numbers correct – or else, the lock simply won’t unlock.
So, what are the 3 admirable qualities?
Check Out the Video Transcript & 2 MORE Qualities Below:
1. Will ‘Hard Work’ Guarantee Your Success?
Some people believe that if you work hard work, you will definitely achieve success?
Research has shown that self-made millionaires work 59 hours a week (on average). On the one hand, it is true that hard work pays. This is especially true in the sports industry – years of practice allow their dreams to come true. After all, practice makes a man perfect right?
For example, Kobe Bryant became one of the top NBA players; he attributes his success to his practice of waking up 3 hours earlier than everyone else (even when his wrist was injured).
When you hear such stories – you are inspired to work hard, right?
But is hard work enough for you to gain success?
Think about it –
Well. Apparently not.
When I visited Vietnam, I observed construction workers who were economically poor immigrants; they worked day in and day out to make ends meet. They were even sleeping at the place of work!
If hard work was enough to make you achieve success - Why does their hard work not pay off in terms of huge monetary rewards?
So clearly, hard work in itself is not enough. In fact, research by Forbes asked 50 billionaires the number of hours they spend at work. Surprisingly, 10% of them claimed that they only worked 20 hours a week. This goes to show that it is possible to achieve high results without working long grueling hours.
You need to work smart. Hard work in itself is not enough.
2. Have a Strategy For Your Promotion.
Going back to hard work, you probably know of many busy professionals – bank managers, hotel managers, shop manager etc. These people probably earn X2 or X3 more than the average population, but they spend so much time working! One of my friend aptly summarized their lifestyles as “You have money, but you don't have a life.”
It is so important to be not caught in this time trap. It is a never-ending cycle. Moreover, there is a risk that you may continue working day in and day out for numerous years when the real income earned does not change significantly – the progress from year to year is minimal.
Therefore, it is very important to have a clear strategy for your promotion – not only are you working towards earning more but you are also putting in efforts to promote yourself and move forward.
Here are 2 tips for this:
Ask yourself – “Is there anybody in my industry or line of work who earns X2 than myself?”
Now analyze, what do these people do differently? How have they achieved so much? Answers to these questions will guide you in the right direction.
This is obvious. Yet, very important. Learn from your shortcomings as well as that of others. This will definitely show you the way forward.
Some people commonly say, “I just don't have enough time!” But this is not true. When people say this statement, it just means that they are unable to manage their time well.
This is well summarized by the famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar -
"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have24-hour days."
However, having a strategy is also not enough. There is a 3rd component to this.
For example, everyone knows that eating right and exercising regularly will allow a person to stay healthy. But, in the USA, 71.6% of adults aged 20+ are overweight (according to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2015-2016).
These people know very well how to stay fit and healthy. But they fail to take the necessary actions to be so.
So what’s missing?
The 3rd component!
3. Does Positive Think such as Affirmation, Visualization work?
Many gurus have claimed, ‘All that is necessary for you to do, is visualize your desired outcome. The forces of the universe take care of the rest.’ Having a positive mindset is critical.
Of course, this is applicable in most situations (not all). For example, if you want to learn Chinese, no visualization will help you!
As we discussed previously, having a strategy and not putting in any hard work, won’t take you far. At the same time, hard work and strategy won’t work without a positive mindset.
This is because achieving something great usually takes a lot of persistence, courage, and self-faith to overcome challenges, ignore critics and consistently learn. Therefore, a positive mindset will allow you to persist through all obstacles.
Here is an example –
Often times, people console themselves by saying, “If I had a lot of money, I could have accomplished X.”
So here is a story of a famous entrepreneur –
This guy had a dream – to start a global business.
But he did not have any money to make it happen.
He needed $1.6 million to realize his business dream.
So what did he do?
In the course of a year, he spoke to over 242 potential investors! AND 217 of them said no!
Here is how he described his experience,
“Imagine how disheartening it can be to hear that many times why your idea is not worth investing in.”
Wondering who this guy is?
I am sure you know who he is -
It is Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks!
In 2017, Starbucks made $22.4 billion in revenue.
A lot of people have goals and dreams. However, very few of them are determined enough to achieve them.
This is perfectly captured by Jim Rohn’s (motivational speaker) words,
“When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”
So what can you do?
- Vision boards.
- Motivational quotes.
- Positive affirmations.
- Inspiring speeches.
- Maintain your success journal.
These above things can put you in the right state of mind to achieve your ideas.
Then again, positive affirmations are not enough. Hard work and strategy are just as important to make all your dreams come true.
There are 3 components to make your dreams come true. All 3 ingredients are a must.
- Hard work – this will maximize your chances for success.
- Strategy for your promotion – know which direction you are headed.
- Positive mindset techniques – will enable you to persist through the hardships.
Here is a task for you –
Think about a major goal you have in life. Visualize how the above 3 components can make your dreams come true. Do you have all 3 success ingredients? Add the missing piece (if any) and I am sure you will be in route to success.
P.S Share with us your story? Which component are you going to work on?