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Six traits of highly successful people

Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of different professionals. Those that are successful all have several traits in common. Success is in the eye of the beholder of course – everyone defines it differently. Whatever your definition is, it probably includes these 6 traits:

  1. They are students. Successful professionals all do their homework – they understand their business, their competition, their employees and their market. Not many things go unnoticed!
  2. It’s not a one shot deal. Successful people practice, practice and then practice some more – they aren’t born, they are made. Maryam Mirzakhani  did more than a few math equations before becoming the first woman to win the prestigious Field’s Medal.
  3. They have mentors. They are students, who practice but they don’t do it alone. They all have someone who helps push them along the road to success. – their personal Yoda. They learn from those that have been there before them and who perhaps might be a bit smarter than they are.
  4. Successful people have the “me factor”. This doesn’t mean they are ego maniacal it means they invest in themselves: In their personal development, physical health and their enriching their mind.
  5. They have a game plan. Successful people are strategic and follow a plan. They know exactly where they started and where they are going – the steps along the way are the adventure and change – but the goal remains constant.
  6. Last but surely not least, successful people are not afraid of failure – they simply see it as a learning opportunity and a step towards their goal. They don’t let a road bump derail them – they just keep on going! (p.s. See Sandler Rule #1) As Yoda would say, “Do or do not, there is not try.”

So, what is the secret to success? There is no secret and there are no short cuts – it really is mind over matter, a lot of determination and hard work. Everyone needs some help along the way, a mentor to push them when they need a bit of pushing. If you need some help thinking through your 6-steps towards success, give me a call – a ten-minute conversation will tell you if Sandler is a fit!

Susan Powers

Partner & Certified Trainer

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