Do you have any successful people that you really admire?
I certainly do. Richard Branson is at the top of my list and I also admire Jeff Bezos (the founder of Amazon. I identify a lot with Bezos because he has a mechanic profile the same as me. If you don’t know what I am talking about then you must check out my “Know Who You Are To Succeed” profiling post. It is essential reading.
For years I have always wondered why some people achieve success and others don’t. So I conducted a lot of research in this area and found that those who were very successful all had some common traits.
Once I discovered these traits I started to develop them in myself. It is a work in progress and not an overnight fix. I have certainly seen some improvements in my business and personal life by adopting these success traits and I urge you to do the same.
The Traits of Successful People
The first thing to say here is that this is just my list of traits and you may be able to find others. It is the result of a lot of research that I did into what makes some people successful. But I can tell you that all of the traits I have identified make perfect sense and if you adopt them you will be a lot more likely to succeed.
1. They are Visionaries
Really successful people have a vision of the world the way that they want it to be. This is vastly different to just setting some goals on a regular basis. These people can close their eyes and see exactly where the life is going and what it will be like in the future. What do you see when you close your eyes?
OK we can’t all be Steve Jobs and change the world with the iPOD and iPhone. But being able to visualise the future clearly is definitely something that you should work on. When you can see your brighter future, you need to associate strong feelings to this so that it will motivate you to make your vision a reality.
2. They are always Focused
Even people that are on the brink of success can suffer from a lack of focus. We live in a world that is full of distractions and a lot of people will let these things make them wander off track. Successful people will never let any distraction take away their focus.
Most people are full of excuses. They didn’t do something important and they will then waste a lot of precious time telling themselves and others what prevented them from following through. I have got news for you – nobody is interested in your excuses. Successful people do not make excuses they just ensure that things happen.
3. They are totally Passionate
This will probably not surprise you. Successful people are totally passionate about what they do and what they want to achieve. If you ask them something about their latest project you will see a big smile on their face and they will be delighted to tell you all about it. Afterwards you will feel passionate about what they are doing too!
How do you feel about your life and your property business? Are you truly passionate about everything? If you are not then this is definitely a trait that you need to work on. Passion is infectious and you will be able to motivate your team a lot more easily if you are passionate about your business. Passion will strengthen your overall resolve for success.
4. They keep Positive
This starts from their beliefs. They know that they are going to be successful and never doubt that they won’t achieve their dreams. Successful people know that there will be many challenges and obstacles to overcome. Their positivity reminds them that whatever difficulties they may face there is always a way through.
Most people have a hard time keeping negative thoughts from affecting their lives. Being able to neutralise negative thoughts with positive ones and move on is a trait that you must embrace if you want success.
5. They are Life Learners
If you think that you did all the learning that you were ever going to do when you finished college or university then you will never be successful. Successful people are all life learners. They are never happy to be the same person that they were before.
Did you know that Warren Buffet reads around 500 new pages every day? Now you don’t have to do the same but you need to make a commitment to learning for life. Challenge yourself to learn at least one new thing each day. Learn things that will help you to succeed with your property business.
6. They do not Fear Failure
Most people are afraid to fail. How about you? I certainly was when I first started out but now I accept this as an element of being successful. Successful people do not fear failure. They know that they are going to fail sometimes and they just accept it and move on.
What successful people also do is learn from failure. They work out why something didn’t work and then avoid it in the future. Steve Jobs never feared failure because he knew that he would die some day and this always motivated him. What are a few failures compared to death?
7. They all Work Hard
Some people believe that successful people are lucky. You know the old “right place at the right time”. Success people will tell you that the harder they work the luckier they seem to become! They never chance their success to luck.
You won’t find successful people waiting around for things to change. They are in full control of their lives and they make things happen. Working hard is just second nature to them. While others are sitting on the couch watching TV successful people are changing the world.
8. They are Dreamers
Are you too comfortable with your life? If you are then you need to change that right now. You need to start dreaming about the life that you want and the impact that you will have on the world. This is what successful people do. They know that they have to get out of their comfort zone and take risks.
Walt Disney was a dreamer. He believed that if you could dream something then you could do that thing. Disney dreamed of opening a huge theme park and more than 300 financial institutions rejected his idea. But he kept on dreaming and Disneyland became a reality.
9. They have Integrity
Do you have high moral and ethical principles that you live by? Successful people do. They believe so strongly in integrity that it actually defines them. R. Buckminster Fuller said that “integrity is at the heart of everything successful”.
Not everyone in the property investment business has a high degree of integrity. They lie to others to try and get what they want. This may work for a while but sooner or later people find them out and their reputation takes a nose dive. Have high integrity with everything that you do.
10. They are always Grateful
How grateful are you for the life that you have? What about your health, your family and your business? Most people take these things for granted and never show any gratitude. Successful people are always grateful for everything that they have in their life. I strongly believe in this trait but I did find it hard to put into practice to start with. The best way I found to be really grateful was to ask myself the question “what am I truly grateful for in my life?” This then prompted me to be grateful for my family and friends, my health, all of my possessions and my business. No matter how you do it just be grateful every day.