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What Makes a Person Successful?

What Makes a Person Successful?

A New York Times Contributor Wrote this article about the 1,200 successful people he interviewed over the years and their commonalities. Below are 14 things the writer said they all had in common:

  1. They know when to stay and when to leave.

    Successful people know exactly when they should change employers, start a company, or fold their company. They have good intuition and are not afraid to make hard choices, despite opposing forces.
  2. They do more than what is asked of them.

    They view their job descriptions as just the beginning of what they can do. After they have completed their mandatory tasks, they will always ask to take on more projects that challenge them. They are even willing to take on the tedious work that no one else wants to do to be a team player.
  3. They are willing to fail to eventually succeed.

    All successful people know that it does not come easy, and they are bound to fail more than they will succeed at anything. They are willing to learn from each failure, as it will help them make better decisions that lead to success later. While many people give up after failing at something, a successful person will persevere.
  4. They know that they make their own luck.

    Luck is derived over time, from hard work and through positioning yourself for success. You will not randomly get lucky and successful people know that. They will do at least one thing every single day to put themselves in a better position and then use that luck to grow.
  5. They set real goals that they can accomplish.

    Successful people wake up and they have already planned their day, while unsuccessful people are scrambling to figure out what they need to do next. Their goals are extremely focused, big yet obtainable, and are aligned to their strengths. They know what they are capable of and will invest all their efforts in it, avoiding their weaknesses.
  6. They take accountability for themselves and their actions.

    They are not relying on other people to get the job done. Instead, they are looking inwards and are trying to find the solutions, while leveraging their current assets. If they make a mistake, they own up to it and immediately think of ways that they can improve next time, not making the same mistake twice.
  7. They make change instead of being affected by it.

    Successful people are not waiting to be affected by economic trends. They are the ones who are creating trends and making things happen.
  8. They can adjust to changes in the marketplace.

    Successful people are willing to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in the business world. They understand that if you stay stagnant and ignore trends, you will be left behind. They are constantly producing innovative ideas, searching for the next important thing, and getting new skills.
  9. They can communicate their story effectively.

    If you walk up to a successful person and ask them what they do, they will be able to tell you everything in a concise manner. They know who they are, what they do and can make you believe in them. They have strong posture and are very persuasive and confident.
  10. They ask the right questions to the people who can deliver the right answers.

    Successful people know they need to solve problems by tapping their networks. They are not afraid of emailing or calling the best person who can answer their questions. They are always prepared with the right questions and are always willing to help the other person out in return.
  11. They are life-long learners who push themselves out of their comfort zones.

    While most people think that when they graduate college, they are finished being a student. Successful people remain students. They are constantly learning new things and having new experiences. They are not afraid to try new activities and to possibly fail.
  12. They know who they are and their place in the world.

    Successful people are confident and can lead themselves, as well as others. They have their own vision and mission and seek to bring it to life daily. They also know who they are not and do not waste time on things that they are not good at, or they are not satisfied with.
  13. They are more excited about the journey than the payout.

    Successful people ignore “get rich quick” schemes. They are more focused on building sustainable careers through hard work, risk taking and creativity. They enjoy the journey, despite the obstacles, because they are doing something that has meaning in their lives.
  14. They create instead of just consume.

    While most people are busy reading emails, watching TV or listening to a podcast, successful people are creating new tools, presentations and producing ideas. They are the ones who are doing things that other people need instead of being on the other end of the spectrum, consuming them.

We found this interesting as success always leaves clues. If you can surround yourself with people who have this mindset, you soon will also. Iron sharpens iron. To get connected with like-minded people who also invest in real estate and want to be successful, join Legacy’s Education!

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Big picture takeaway points

  1. Success leaves clues so follow a successful example.
  2. Remaining positive in any situation is key to success in any area of your life.
  3. Treat others as you would want to be treated.


Self-reflection questions to think more about the content

  1. What kind of people am I surrounded by? Iron sharpens iron.
  2. If you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
  3. Am I ready to start where I am?

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