All you need to do is hang around people who are seemingly successful and you can see the difference! What do you notice?
What Separates Them from You?
Smiling, maybe even laughing.
Now listen to what they are saying.
But wait, they aren’t saying much, they are listening or asking questions.
They are having conversations about sports, kids…nothing really work related. How can that be?
Negativity is Poison
Successful people don’t dwell on the negative. Either consciously or unconsciously, they have the amazing ability to focus on the positive. You won’t hear them complaining about the cost of health insurance, the lack of new business opportunities or how much money they lost.
Failure Is Not An Option
They have trained their brain to NOT be afraid of failure. Or, they were pre-programmed this way. They don’t over-analyze every little detail. They charge forward as if it were impossible to not succeed.
Knowledge Is Power
They read a lot! In fact, they probably have read every book on this list. They also are up on current events, at least in their industry. According to the BBC, most people have only read 6 out of 100. While reading all these books won’t guarantee success, you never know what doors might open. How many of these books have you read?
Surrounded by Great Talent
They also have a knack for surrounding themselves with people smarter than themselves, at least in different ways/areas. Even successful people realize they don’t know it all, but they do know who to go to for the answers.
They are mentors and mentees too. Successful people consistently develop themselves by embarking on learning and improving skills. They also know how good it feels to give back and want to serve as mentors.
Which of these qualities will you embrace? What behaviors have you noticed?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.