work hard! Yes, they play hard, too! They get up early, they rarely
complain, they expect performance from others, but they expect extraordinary
performance from themselves. Repeated, high-level success starts with
a recognition that hard work pays off.
are incredibly curious and eager to learn. They study, ask questions
and read—constantly! An interesting point, however: While most of
them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take
advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is not about memorizing
facts, it's about being able to take information and create, build,
or apply it in new and important ways. Successful people want to learn
everything about everything!
network. They know lots of people, and they know lots of different
kinds of people. They listen to friends, neighbors, co- workers and
bartenders. They don't have to be "the life of the party,"
in fact many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value
relationships. Successful people have a Rolodex full of people who
value their friendship and return their calls.
work on themselves and never quit! While the "over-night
wonders" become arrogant and quickly disappear, really successful
people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management
skills, and every other detail of life. When a relationship or business
deal goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect
to do better next time. Successful people don't tolerate flaws; they
are extraordinarily creative.
They go around asking, "Why not?" They see new combinations,
new possibilities, new opportunities and challenges where others see
problems or limitations. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling,
"I've got it!" They ask for advice, try things out, consult
experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper
solution. Successful people create stuff!
are self-reliant and take responsibility.
Incredibly successful people don't worry about blame, and they don't
waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on.…Extremely
successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities
are usually relaxed and keep their perspective.
Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep
their balance, they know the value of timing, humor, and patience.
They rarely panic or make decisions on impulse. Unusually successful
people breath easily, ask the right questions, and make sound decisions,
even in a crisis.
successful people live in the present moment. They know that "Now"
is the only time they can control. They have a "gift" for
looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying
a meal or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They never seem
rushed, and they get a lot done! They take full advantage of each
day. Successful people don't waste time, they use it!
"look over the horizon" to see the future. They observe
trends, notice changes, see shifts, and hear the nuances that others
miss. A basketball player wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid
wearing them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them is an
investment opportunity! Extremely successful people live in the present,
with one eye on the future!
successful people respond instantly!
When an investment isn't working out, they sell. When they see an
opportunity, they make the call. If an important relationship is cooling
down, they take time to renew it. When technology or a new competitor
or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, they
are the first and quickest to respond.
These traits work
together in combination, giving repeatedly successful people a huge advantage.
Because they are insatiable learners, they can respond wisely to change.
Because their personal relationships are strong, they have good advisors,
and a reserve of goodwill when things go bad. And finally, none of these
traits are genetic! They can be learned! They are free and they are skills
you can use. Start now!