What Makes a Successful Person?
In the past 17 years, I’ve come into contact with hundreds and hundreds of business people, both with my web business and with my business support group and directory. Some of these people appear more successful than others.
Now… I’m not just talking about success in terms of financial success.
By successful I mean people that appear to have it all – a great business AND a great personal life; they just exude happiness and joy wherever they go without being smug!
I’ve observed these people from afar for a while now and I think I’ve identified some common traits.
Take a look below – and see how many you have.
1. They are a 'Go-Giver'
If you don’t know what a go giver is I highly recommend you read The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Man. The 5 laws outlined in the book are as follows:
Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first. Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
So in a nutshell a go giver is someone whose automatic default button is to give.
2. They Set Goals
Whether these are personal or business goals a successful person will undoubtedly have these goals written down. You have probably heard about the now famous story of Jim Carrey who, when he was starting out as a struggling actor, wrote a cheque to himself for a million dollars and kept it in his wallet This was in effect a goal and he wrote it down in the form of a cheque.
You may well have goals floating around your head but until you write them down and start working towards them they will only just be ideas.
3. They Take Time to Work on their Business
Successful people know that it takes hard work to achieve dreams - it doesn’t just happen. A successful person will have scheduled time in their week to work on their business to take it to the next level. They will also have time booked in to enjoy themselves. A successful person knows that all work and no play makes for a dull, unrewarding life.
How much of your business time are you working IN your business rather than ON it?
4. They Take Time to Work on Themselves
A successful person never stops learning and will embrace a myriad of personal and business development ideas. Their bookshelves are likely to be overloaded with a wealth of self-development and business books.
How much time do you devote to self development?
5. They Have a Positive Mindset
Successful people think about what they want and how they are going to get it. They view failure as a form of success because each mistake teaches them something. They never make excuses.
6. They Don’t Drink Alcohol
Or they drink very little. I know this is a bit radical and a bit out there but the majority of people who I consider to be successful generally don’t imbibe an awful lot. Take from that what you will.
I know that since I’ve stopped drinking its had a massive effect on my business – I simply have more energy.
7. They’ve Found Their 'Why'
If you’ve read Simon Sinek's book 'Know your Why' you’ll know that this means that they have an underlying belief in a purpose or cause bigger than themselves. Having a 'Why' in your life is the greatest motivation there is for reaching your goals.
8. They Attend a MasterMind Group
Successful people know the power of leveraging other people’s experiences and knowledge - that’s what happens in a MasterMind Group. It's no surprise that some of the most successful people in the world openly acknowledge and credit being in a MasterMind to their success – people such as Richard Branson, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Walt Disney to name just a few.
To find out more about what’s involved in a MasterMind Group – click here.
Rachael Willoughby, the owner of Local Business Network, is passionate about helping small business people thrive by creating environments in which business owners can come together, learn from each other and grow their businesses.