High achievers have common traits with each other but differs in peculiarity. In this article I decided not to theorize about success as most do but rather to find out from the experts – who have achieved outstanding success in their field -asking them, “how they do what they do well?”
In the interview carried by our team with over 50 of the world most successful achiever’s — Richard Bradson CEO virgin Atlantic, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Warren Buffet – Wall street guru, crossword mastermind Will Shortz among others, we discover some mind blowing secrets.
Though differs in their dreams and vision but their habits look are alike, their views have the same pattern to success. All of them faces challenges everyday but their approach to them differs from common man approach. Below we share the qualities that distinguish them from ordinary men.
Dedication To A Vision
The study revealed that every high achiever’s has a vision/goals they pursue. In the word of Gosfield , “Every great success starts with inspiration, but not every inspiration leads to success” The most common thing we found was that these guys are inspired by their vision and are devoted to the day-to-day struggle.
High achievers dark side are not often reported but the success stories — glossy magazine success stories often don’t show the dark moments, the daily grind or flagging energy that super-achievers endure to realize their goals. However, that dedication is essential to their success.
Building A Community of Network
According to Gosfield , “Star performers know they can’t achieve success on their own. Instead, they must galvanize a group of people around their idea or goal”. Teamwork, or having an a community of supporters, turns out to be critically vital for success. It doesn’t just include only partners and coworkers.
It might also mean employees, customers, investors, mentors, fans, Network and social media followers. Your product or service (idea) will determine the pool of network. People throw their effort around when they see reason and prospect of success. In the word of business guru Guy Kawasaki: “First you have to create something worthy of an ecosystem. Then pick your evangelists.”
High achievers have a critical assessment of a vision even after some setback to remain or to quit. Successful people know that dedication and blind persistence are two very different things. “You can work hard but not smart,” says Sweeney. “When something’s not working, you’ve got to tweak it.
You don’t just keep banging their your head against the wall with no prospect of success.” Instead of doggedly using the same ineffective tactics, super-achievers pivot and try to tackle the problem from a different angle. High achiever’s look beyond the box to some other factor not peculiar to the situation at hand.
Feasibility Study of the Market
Let the market through the power of the consumer be the judge of your product or idea. Gosfield says, “Everybody has a bias to think their own idea is brilliant”. Accordingly, high achievers roll out the idea in an environment that’s as close as possible to the market. Bill Gross-serial entrepreneur and founder of Idealab, said he always tests before he invests.
According to him when he had an idea for an online car dealer, CarsDirect, no one was sure if people would actually buy a car from a Web site. He decided to put up a test site to see what would happen. Before they had any inventory, they’d sold four cars and had to shut down the site. This singular art gave Bill the insight that his idea is saleable, he knew for a fact there was a market for the service.
Having A Listening And Open Mind
People want attention and listening mind, try and be open to listen to others for at least 30 minutes. Sweeney says, “You don’t normally think of hard-charging, action-oriented leaders as being good listeners”. The high achievers ability to learn people’s ability to practice the art of listening helped them learn what they needed to know about the world around them.
For example, Zappos’ Hsieh asked all his employees to share their personal values so that he could incorporate them into the company’s values and culture. They always to incorporate other people ideas but are quick to shelves the irrelevant ones.
Attitude of Perseverance
In every endeavour there is always the time of waiting – time of Inaction, or stillness, and can sometimes be just as useful as action. Jill Tarter, a director of the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), has been searching for life on other planets for the last 50 years without any guarantee of success, yet has persisted – remember the story of 7-up, Thomas Edison and others.
The importance of patience was a primary theme among the super-achievers–whether it’s strategically waiting for the best time to make a move or continuing to pursue a larger vision without receiving immediate rewards. You must wait to see the desired result but be smart about it.
Control Your Emotions
Amazon popular quote – “control your emotion, you will control yourself – control yourself, and you will control others – control others and you will rule your world”. This was an important lesson for Jessica Watson, the Australian sailor who circumnavigated the world alone at only 16 years old. While out at sea, when loneliness or negativity set in, she would acknowledge her emotions and remind herself that she could get past them. That what kept her through the situation, otherwise she could have broke down by the situation.
According to Sweeney, we found that managing emotions is a key element to success. Emotion if left unchecked can either brake you or make you. It’s so easy to be derailed by them, but these people are able to channel anger and frustration into their work. “You can’t change conditions—just the way you deal with them,” Watson said.
According to Forbes magazine, successful people maintain success by consistently learning and adapting to the environment around them. There is always room for improvement otherwise you will stink, look around for what next to do every day. Tennis champion Martina Navratilova realized this when her game suddenly started sliding. She decided to transform her training routine and diet, and soon was back on track to become an all-star athlete.
A good story line has the ability to transport people to your world, and then they will be more likely to invest in you and your brand. Philippe Petit, famous for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center in the 1970s, believed other wire-walkers were trying to make it look hard. “But he wanted to be a poet in the sky and seem effortless,” Sweeney says. “His narrative wasn’t in words, but it was a story he was communicating.”
Success fuels happiness, and happiness in turn fuels greater success. Jennings, “the winningest game-show champion in history,” said once he became a contestant on a game show, it filled his entire life with passion. That happiness helped him win, and winning ended up giving him the confidence he needed to pursue a career he loved.
Seeking happiness in your life and work turns out to be a win-win. Success has its own way of giving us confidence to go for more and above all filling our heart with happiness.
No One Single Secret to Success.
Understand that becoming a self-made millionaire requires the development of several different skills. According to Douglas Vermeeren, some of these different skills include: Your thinking habits, your spending habits, Your ability to systematize your cash flow, Habits of correct education, Habits of effective working, Habits of being balanced, Habits of building and nurturing networks.
Others include; Habits of Personal presentation, Habits of effect evaluation of opportunities, Habits of partnering your desires with abilities, Habits of effective time use, Habits of seeking help, Habits of tenacity and follow through, habits of organization and more!
These are some of the amazing habits many people have learned and are learning to master to the level of millionaire. A recent study by Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal of the University of Toronto identified that in North America more than 200,000 people per year become millionaires.
According to those numbers that would mean that there are more than 547 Millionaires created each day. 22.8 millionaires are created per hour. And just under 1 millionaire is created every sixty seconds. It is possible for anyone with the vision and determination to achieve this attainable financial goal.
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