When you want to be good at math, you spend time studying it. When you want to be good at writing, you study it. Doesn’t the same logic apply if you want to be successful? Why not study successful people and what makes them tick? Here are some common traits, habits, and practices that I have noticed among successful people.
Successful People Have Tremendous Self-Belief
When Jim Carrey was a broke and starving actor, he would drive up to Mulholland Drive every day to visualize and feel his dreams. He even wrote a $10M check to himself for acting services rendered which he kept in his wallet. Even though the check deteriorated over time, he kept it to remind himself of his dreams and reaffirm his beliefs. Coming from a poor background, he had to struggle a lot before he could make it big. However, it was his self-belief that kept him going against all odds. It was his self-belief that stopped him from quitting when he faced rejection after rejection. He made $10M after Dumb and Dumber became a successful hit, the same amount that was on his check that he wrote to himself. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of believing that you are capable and deserving of success.
Successful People Are Not Afraid to Fail
Oprah was fired from her first job as an anchor since she was too emotionally invested. Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times. Both Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein had teachers who thought they were just too stupid. What do all these people have in common? They were not afraid to fail. Failure is just another reason to keep trying until you figure it out. Edison didn’t stop inventing and Einstein didn’t stop theorizing. Oprah hasn’t stopped grinding and going for her goals. The more you fail, the more you learn.
Successful People Are Resourceful
You’re not going to know all the answers or have all the resources at your disposal. However, successful people don’t use that as an excuse to stop trying. They always find a way to obtain the right answers and the right resources. J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she wrote Harry Potter. Somehow she found a way to raise her child while producing one of the best-selling book series of all time. Gary Vaynerchuk grew his father’s liquor store from $3M to $45M in annual revenue by properly using online resources to scale up and reach a larger audience. He thought outside-the-box for his time and brought his father’s wine business online and created a Youtube channel to educate people on wine before anyone else was doing it. Successful people are able to pull together the resources they need in order to achieve their vision without making any excuses.
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