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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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