3 attributes of successful people

As I write this we are on the edge of the Sahara Desert it is truly awesome here and so peaceful and still with the biggest starryist night sky I have ever experienced.  While we have been here I have finished one of the most inspirational books I have ever read called ‘Unbroken’ A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption written by Laura Hillenbrand about Olympic Athlete, Bombardier and Japanese prisoner of war, Louie Zamperini.  The reason I downloaded the book to my kindle was because when Darren Hardy of Success Magazine interviewed Louie who is now in his 90′s he described him as the most amazing man he has ever interviewed.  That is an amazing accolade when you consider that Darren Hardy has interviewed all the greats such us Jim Rohn, John Maxwell, Paul J Meyer, Anthony Robins and many many more. 

Listening to the interview and reading the book reminded me about the ‘3 attributes of successful people

I am assuming that if you are reading this you are not deliberately trying to be unsuccessful!

If you do want to be successful then a great way to achieve our own version of success  is to find out what successful people do and copy them.  It’s worth reading about Louie because if you just copied one tenth of his attitude I’m sure it would make a massive difference. 

It has been established through numerous studies that people who are successful have three common attributes. They of course have others but these are the top three. 

1.   Successful people have a positive mental attitude. 

They look at the way things can be done, not at the way things can’t be done. 

They focus on their strengths; they don’t focus on their limitations. 

They focus on their powers; they don’t focus on their problems. 

If an obstacle is put in the way of a successful person, they don’t give up; they find a way around the obstacle, under the obstacle, over the obstacle or even through the obstacle!   

No successful person has ever achieved their success without having a few setbacks and dealing with a few obstacles.  It is important to focus on your strengths and the things you are good at doing.  If you enjoy what you do then you will do it well.  If you love what you do you will do it brilliantly! 

Instead of focusing on what you are not good at think about identifying your strengths the things that you do well, he things that you love and work on becoming brilliant at them. 

2.  Successful people are goal directed.

Successful people know exactly who they are, they know exactly where they are, they know exactly where they want to go and they know exactly how they are going to get there!  I believe if you have the answers to these four questions then you are already successful. 

Knowing who you are is important.  It is important to maintain your integrity and don’t do anything that infringes your own set of beliefs and values. 

Before you can create your future you need to know where you are now.  What is your current skill set?  What qualifications do you have?  What have you achieved so far? What are your accomplishments?  

Successful people know exactly where they want to go and how they are going to get there.  They have written goals with a plan on how to achieve them.  Jim Rohn says “when you know what you want and you want it badly enough, you will find a way to get it.”  Cast your mind back to a time in your life when you really, really wanted something.  Didn’t you make it your business to find out how to get it? It is of course important to have a plan on how to get it and you know that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

3. The third attribute of successful people is self-motivation.  

Successful people are self-starters, they wind their own clock.  They leap out of bed every morning!  Successful people understand that before they can help others to motivate themselves, they need to understand themselves and what motivates them.   

I have a colleague that found out that millionaires get up at 6.00 am so he gets up at 5.00 am so he can keep ahead of those millionaires!  

In summary there is an old saying that “the world will make way for a person who knows where they are going.”  Find your passion, your desire, your purpose, your goal in life and make a plan to achieve it.  Maintain your focus even though obstacles may get in your way.  Always maintain your own belief, values and integrity and appreciate that you will need to work hard to create the future that you want for you and your loved ones.

You can learn more about Louie Zamperini the Indomitable Man and you can listen to the interview


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