We all admire successful people, those who have made it despite the odds. We attribute all sorts of characteristics to them: they are intelligent, they had the support of their families in their endeavours, they went to all the right schools and met all the right people. All these may be true, but come to think of it. Lots of people in this planet can say the same things about themselves. We all know of someone who has the IQ of a genius but has a dead-end job. Or a person with all the right connections, but lives off his friends and family. What then, are the factors that decide if a person is bound for success or doomed to mediocrity?
Plenty of studies have been done on these people, and plenty more have tried to analyze their lives, trying to figure out what makes these certain individuals stand out from the rest. It seems that what makes them different is not merely what they have, but what they are.
- They take action – you know what they say, “not all changes are good, but there won’t be any change, good or bad, if you don’t take action.” Successful people believe that an action taken, whether it turns out to be for better or worse, is better than not making a decision, thus taking no action at all. As Franklin Roosevelt once said, “But above all, try something.”
- They do things even if they don’t feel like it – everybody has to do something they don’t want to do at some point. For students, it might be reviewing for a subject that they may not feel is their strongest suit. For a salesman, it might be calling a difficult but potentially rewarding prospect. Whatever is is, these extraordinary people grit their teeth and do it.
- They do one thing at a time only – focusing your energies on one thing only makes accomplishing the task much easier. No internal confusion within the person is created and the results of such an effort is oftentimes much better.
As you can see, these habits that successful people have are those that anyone, of any age, of any social status can imitate. All that is needed is patience, discipline… a lot of discipline, and a strong, burning desire to be the best possible person one can be.