When it comes to characterizing successful people and seeing what actually makes them tick and why they are successful when you are not, a lot of people think that successful people and millionaires are all born with a silver spoon in their mouth or come from a rich inheritance. While this is occasionally true, there are more self-made millionaires in this day and age than there were 10 years ago.
So what are the defining characteristics? What sets them above the crowd? And how can you achieve that same level of success?
You might think it’s because they have some kind of wonderful product, service or some kind of specialist skill that no else can do. Or they were the one to invent the floogal-binder (that little piece of plastic that holds the end of your shoe laces)… well, the only thing that separates them and you was the attitude and the approach that they took in life. In this article I’m going to share five of the basic characteristics of successful people.
Success Secrets – Doing What You Love
Find something that you love to do and know, not all of us can make a successful living out of sitting down watching TV. The reasoning is simple, if you’re passionate about something. you will be far more willing to do what it takes without giving up and giving in. Donald Trump says he doesn’t care about money; it is simply a way for him to keep score of what’s going on, and how successful he is. What he truly loves is playing the real estate game and that’s the reason he gets up every morning. For all the self-made millionaires, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki all of these big guys in the business know doing what they were passionate about, (which most of the time was helping other people out), and not giving up, was one of the keys to their success.
Success Secrets – Own Your Own Business
Owning your own business can seem like a daunting task for most people, however, this is a fear you must overcome. Yes, I’m sure you can win the lottery, or maybe that rich aunt dies, maybe some millionaire shows you pity and writes you a cheque for $1 million… personally I like to look on the more realistic side. The truth is, you’re probably more scared that the buck stops with you, you get to decide your salary and you get to determine your level of success. The fear factor is all very true and you should look at them from a positive aspect. Yes, you do decide the outcome, yes, the buck does stop with you, yes, you do decide if he gets a salary raise or not. Having that kind of control over your future is what will make you a millionaire.
Success Secrets – Being Optimistic
Optimism can play such a vital role in your level of success. Dr. Robert Kiyosaki, states that due to our natural upbringing, in a poverty mentality, people don’t think they can make money and succeed. Once again, this is just a mindset. You can determine your level of success. Let me help you out and spare you the suspense… nice guys don’t finish last. If you played sports in school or have ever tried for that job promotion or ever try to learn a new skill yourself. I know I can, I believe I can. I can do this. That is no different than having the right mindset to make millions.
Success Secrets – Willingness to Make Mistakes
This is such an important topic and it is a shame it will be so brief on this article. If you speak to any successful person you will find that not one of them has ever succeeded on their first attempt. People that make a success of themselves and all the millionaires of today are not afraid to make mistakes. In fact, they’re almost happy to fail, because failing means they figure out what not to do. I believe it was Thomas Edison that stated in a press interview shortly after perfecting the filament and carbonizing technique in 1879, when asked why he carried on, after failing for so long, and for so many attempts. He simply stated, all I did was find a little over 300 ways how not to make a light-bulb. Something that most young entrepreneurs are all gifted with, and age has nothing to do with, is the willingness to make mistakes, learn from them and try again.
Success Secrets – Willingness to Pay The Price
One of my many heroes is a gentleman called Tony Robinson. You might ask yourself what has this got to do with the willingness to pay the price? Simple, in one of Tony’s annual seminars that he holds, he teaches a very scary strategy, one that I’m sure most of us would never attempt. Over the course of a weekend, he teaches you how to walk barefoot across red hot coals. The reason it’s a weekend is, it takes that long for him to train your mind to the fact that you are able to accomplish such a task without injury and effortlessly. After accomplishing such a feat, doesn’t paying for your success seem such a trivial issue. Nobody else will pay the price for you, whether it is a financial burden or the price of doing hard work. There is a price to be paid for financial success and self-fulfillment… the price is often to never give up and never give in.
To the readers: What is your own success secret?! Share in the comments below…
About Keelan Cunningham
Keelan Cunningham is an entrepreneur, multiple business owner, author, and personal finance/wealth building specialist. Keelan’s passion is helping people improve their business acumen and personal wealth creation strategies, so they can lead a truly wealthy life in all aspects and with any luck similarly transform the lives of others.
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