Qualities of Successful People
Have you ever wondered what makes famous or successful people different? Why do they succeed where others have failed? Do they have special abilities or have been given a better hand of cards?
I have often wondered if they knew that they would win an Academy Award, take a gold medal at the Olympics, or be a Fortune 500 CEO. There are a few common threads that seem to separate those who live common lives from those who live extraordinary ones.
Successful People are Risk Takers.
They understand that "if you risk nothing, you gain nothing" (Bear Grylls).
There is a poignant scene in The Dark Knight Rises where Bruce Wayne is attempting to climb out of an underground prison. He is told that no one has ever successfully climbed out, except for a child. He ties himself to a rope and makes several painful and unsuccessful attempts at freedom. In desperation, he asks the old blind man how to do it and he replies, "Like a child, no rope." To make the harrowing leap across the final gap with no safety net, meant sure death to the failure. With unwavering resolve, he rises out of the pit with no safety net or backup plan.
Successful people put all the chips on the table because they value the outcome above the consequences.
Jonathan Edwards' Resolutions
#6: Resolved, To live with all my might, while I do live.
#17: Resolved, That I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
Successful People are Resolved
Successful people live with intense personal resolve. They have often gone through the gauntlet and come put the other side with the trait of long suffering.
If you created a list of successful people you would be looking at a world's greatest list of failures, who failed so many times, they finally got it right!
Matt Damon dropped out of Harvard 11 units shy of a degree, wrote Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck and won an Academy Award.
Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times while tallying his 714 home runs.
Nick Vujicic was born with no arms or legs, yet he obtained two bachelor's degrees and has given motivational speeches to over three million people.
The man who defined personal resolve was American Theologian and Philosopher Jonathan Edwards, who at the age of 19 created a list of 70 resolutions he intended to live by. Know for extraordinary intellect, he served as the President of what is now Princeton University and fathered the Great Awakening.
Successful People are Visionaries
Visionaries don't act upon what is considered mainstream and popular, but upon their own idealistic vision.
Michelangelo had an extraordinary ability to see his creation in a dirty block of marble.
"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it."
Often society acts like sheep and does everything exactly the same just because it is the way it has always been done. Are you not taught to follow the crowd, go with the flow, and conform from birth? Why then are so few successful? Oscar Wilde said it best.
“Everything popular is wrong.”
Visionaries see the unseen, almost a divine view of how the world should be, not how it is. Very rarely, a Winston Churchill, a Thomas Edison, or a Steve Jobs graces the world's stage and asks us to see everything differently.
Successful People are Ordinary
While genetics may hand out higher IQ's and more gifted physiques to a small percentage of us, most successful people are just ordinary people, put in extraordinary circumstances, and came out still standing.
Anyone can be a millionaire. Anyone can start a company. Anyone can dine with Royalty. The question is, "What price are you willing to pay?"
Are you willing to never eat out again, shop at The Goodwill, drive a thirty-year-old car, and spend an extra twenty hours a week managing investments to become a millionaire? It's not that hard really. 99% of ordinary people have the capabilities to succeed in that goal. Everyone seems to want to "get rich" but very few are willing to count the cost of it. To succeed you must always give up something to gain something else.
It's not unreachable. 99% of ordinary people have the capabilities to succeed in that goal. Everyone seems to want to "get rich" but very few are willing to count the cost of it. To succeed you must always give up something to gain something else.
Some of the world's most famous success stories are of people given a good hand in life, and others are of people who tried so hard that the only possible outcome was success.
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