4 Things Successful People do Differently
To some, successful people such as movie stars and CEOs are those of another specie. They daydream about becoming successful and question how others got to be where they’re at. They never think how they started from the bottom and made it to the top and if they do, immediately assume it was due to luck.
But luck is the last thing a successful person has. It’s hard work, dedication and persistence that allowed them to get to where they’re at. However, rather than giving away the obvious answer for people success, I’ll break down 4 Things Successful people do differently:
1. They take decisive and immediate action
A problem people encounter is waiting for the perfect opportunity to arrive. They hope for the stars to align themselves so they could finally do what they desire. But when it doesn’t go the way they expected, they complain and blame the universe.
They give themselves excuses such as, “I don’t have enough money,” or “I don’t have a degree,” or “I’m too old ,” or “This isn’t the right time in my life.” The hardest part about doing anything is just starting. There’s a quote said by Arthur Ashe, which goes by:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
The reason I bring this up is because this quote was said by my mentor. He explained that anything is easy to accomplish. The hardest part was just starting the process and discovering what motivates you. You’re rarely going to find the perfect opportunity and therefore, will have to take risks, make decisions, and step out of your comfort zone.
Bill Gates didn’t wait until he graduated college, received a good paying job and was well balanced before building his company. Once he knew what he wanted, he dropped out of college and went hard for it. He worked blood, sweat and tears to get to where he’s at. So don’t wait for the perfect opportunity.
Take charge of your destiny by going after what you want because life isn’t about waiting. It’s about chasing after your desires.
2. They focus on being productive, not being busy
There’s a simple phrase that goes by, “Work smarter, not harder.” I know this because a previous boss used to tell me this daily. When someone decides to become more productive, a common mistake they make is thinking the more they make themselves busy, the more productive they become.
This method does work to some degree because you’ll complete a ton of mediocre tasks that doesn’t require much thinking such as washing the dishes, paying the bills, doing the laundry, and cleaning the house.
However, when it relates to our career, we have to apply a different approach. Instead of focusing on making ourselves busy with any little task that comes to mind, slow down, breathe, and review what you want to achieve. Prioritize your goals and what you need to accomplish.
Rather than attempting to complete 100 little assignments that’s irrelevant, list your biggest projects and finish those first.
There’s a book I read called, “The 4 hour workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn effective methods of having someone handle your small tasks. Not only does that book explains how to lessen your burdens by working less, it gives clear examples on how to do so.
3. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect
Whether you’re painting, working on a project, typing a blog or writing a book, know that it’s not going to be perfect. Perfection is a goal that many of us imagine achieving, but could never accomplish because there will always be someone criticizing its flaws.
A problem society has is that there are many intelligent people who have great ideas, but lack the motivation to apply it.
I know people who want to write a book or start a TV show, but find themselves procrastinating because they’re too concerned as to how to make it perfect. Before they even put it on paper, they already thought of all the things that could go wrong.
I have this issue too. I used to dread daily on what people would say about my work, ideas, or intelligence. I feared other people reading my work and criticizing its flaws. The thought would cause me to return back to my work and look it over, ensuring that it was perfect. It was until I realized that perfection was only a dream and there would always be someone criticizing my mistakes.
Sure, I might be bad at something at first, but I discovered the longer I stick to something, the better I got at it. I learn from my mistakes and become stronger in character.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and all I could do is respect it whether I agree or disagree. Successful people know there will always be someone who hate their work, but they continue moving forward because they do it for themselves and not others.
4. They focus on making small, continuous improvements
Out of the list, this may be the main cause as to why many people stop working after they getting started. For example, someone could find the idea of writing a novel exciting, imagining how many books they’ll sell, how famous they’ll become and the movie that will be made from them.
They dwell on the positive aspects so much that when they do start writing, they become overwhelmed because their mindset is already set to the future. They’ll be too distracted to work, feeling irritated they’re not even close to achieving their dreams yet. By a few weeks, they end up quitting their dreams because they placed a large expectation of reality on their shoulders.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t have dreams. People need dreams so they could see the light at the end of the tunnel. But don’t expect your dreams to be an overnight process. If you want to play in the NBA, but never picked up a basketball, don’t expect to become a pro overnight after dribbling the ball a few times.
It takes consistency, effort and practice before understanding any craft. People love to fantasize about their future, but they end up ignoring the present. Successful people have dreams too, but they take baby steps to reach them. They don’t rush towards it because they’ll end up overwhelmed.
In final thoughts….
These 4 Things Successful people do differently are digested by them daily when it comes to their daily routines. It’s easy to lose track of our focus because we become easily absorb by our job, family, friends, and life.
Therefore, learn to balance your life by doing what you want versus what you have to do. It may be difficult and you may not receive the results you wanted at first, but you’ll learn the longer you work at it, the luckier you become.