How badly do you want it? When you say you want to change or make a better life for yourself, what are you willing to sacrifice to make your dreams come true?
During our last class, this young lady showed up on time and ready to work. Feeling sick, tired, and most likely having made a thousand excuses before getting dressed and heading out the door.
In an article by Steven Benna, written for Business Insider, he listed the eight traits the world’s most successful people have in common. In this week’s blog, we’re taking those traits and finding out what it means to be successful after New Choices.
#1. Successful people are passionate about what they do. At New Choices, it is our goal to help our students find their passions. For various reasons we often fall prey to other people’s ideas, or our circumstances force us to make tough choices that do not allow room for our passions. However, if you want to be successful, you need to find your passion and find a way to do it!
#2. Successful people work hard while having fun. Life is short. While you want to be successful, you cannot negate the fun things in life. You have to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your family while making room to be silly and adventurous. When you leave out the fun, success is often not as exciting.
#3. Successful people have a specific focus. It’s difficult to find your focus. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and you have laser-sharp focus, but when the time comes to pursue your dreams, the road appears to have a million forks. Success begins with focus. What do you want to achieve long-term? What do you have to do in the short term? What is the most important choice right now? Goal setting helps determine the large focus and the small focus so that you stop being scared or intimidated and begin to feel motivated. Finding focus is like wiping away the steam from the mirror and seeing your reflection again.
#4. Successful people push themselves our of their comfort zones. You know that nagging feeling you get when you have to go to a networking mixer? Or when your heart begins to race because you have to present a pitch in front of a room full of people? Those feelings are you stepping out of your comfort zone, and they are essential to success. We never get anywhere by doing the same thing over and over. If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to do the things that make you uncomfortable. But the great thing is, what is currently uncomfortable soon becomes second nature and you find yourself pushing to the next level.
#5. Successful people consistently come up with new ideas. We all have ideas. Too often we shrug them aside believing them to be insignificant, stupid, or useless. But when you are passionate about something you begin to see things in a different light. You think outside the box. Success comes from always seeing how things can be different, better, more efficient, whatever the case may be. You’ll find what you want to do and then you’ll find how to do it better.
#6. Successful people are constantly getting better. Success is not stagnant. You will always find a need to improve because life does not stand still. Maybe success right now means finding a job that you like and that you know you can do well. Later success may mean finally finishing that degree or advancing toward another one. Regardless of what success means to you, one thing is the same for everyone: you will always need to keep moving forward.
#7. Successful people provide value to others. It is essential to success that you find a way to help others. In the article, Benna used Martha Stewart as the example for this trait. Martha had a passion that she pursued, but she didn’t become as successful until she used what she knew and was good at to provide meaningful tips to other women. You have gifts and talents that are valuable. Never forget that.
#8. Successful people are persistent through failure. I don’t know that there is a more important trait to remember than this one. Failure is going to happen. You are going to make mistakes but failure cannot stop you. Fail, examine what you did wrong, and learn from it. Failure is not about missing the mark. True failure is missing and never trying again.
We can’t conquer everything all at once. But we can conquer everything one step at a time. You just have to ask yourself, how badly do you want it?