Inc. magazine columnist and author of the Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win Jeff Haden found commonalities among remarkably successful people. They include:
No Backup Plans
There are no rearview mirrors. They have no backup plan, because a backup plan represents an easy out if things get tough or don’t go the way they were expected to go. They focus on making their plans work and will do whatever it takes to succeed. Haden states, “Total commitment – without a safety net – will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.” And if you do not succeed, learn from your mistakes, but keep working hard.
They Spend the Time Necessary to Craft their Skill Set
Nothing really comes easily. Highly successful people have worked long hours and put in the time to craft their skill set.
Remarkably Successful People Work Incredibly Hard
If you want to be successful, you need to put in the time. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell claims that if you want to be an expert at anything, you need to spend 10,000 hours working at it. 10,000 hours translates to approximately 5 years of effort based on a 40-hour week. Rarely, if ever, will you find a high successful person who only works 40 hours a week.
Remarkably Successful People Don’t Follow Conventional Thinking
“Conventional wisdom yields conventional results.” Doing the same things as everyone else regardless of how hot the opportunity may appear will only yield average results. Those who are remarkably successful are contrarians. They take different paths because there is less competition and a much better chance to succeed.
They Start With The End Game In Mind
Remarkably successful people decide first where they want to end and work backward.
Achieving a Goal Is Not the End But the Beginning
Remarkably successful people don’t settle for average. Their goals are lofty and hard to achieve. However, once the goal has been met, that does not mean the game is over. It’s only the beginning because achieving one goal represents a launching pad to achieve the next goal. “Remarkably successful people don’t try to win one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races.”
Remarkably Successful People Are Great Salespeople
Remarkably successful people are great salespersons because they passionately believe in their product/service and can explain benefits better than almost all others. Selling is the foundation to all success, because it requires knowing how to negotiate, overcome objections and face rejection. Selling skills helps build relationships necessary to succeed.
Ego Never Gets in the Way of Success
Remarkably successful people are never afraid to be accountable for mistakes and missteps. They give credit to others for helping to achieve goals and for their success and they can laugh at themselves. They are not afraid of asking for help, failing or starting over.