Okay, you’re doing alright, but something tells you that you could be doing much better. You look at your supervisor, the owners of your company, and you can’t help but think “I’m as smart as they are, maybe even smarter, so why am I not working on that same level?” So how do you emulate the success that you see every day in your work place?
I like to hang around people who are doing better than I am. I figure that some of what makes them who they are can’t help but rub off if you expose yourself to it long enough. And what have I noticed about these people?
They are positive people. They don’t allow roadblocks or momentary stumbles in life to drag them down. Their glass is not only half full but they have already bought larger glasses to handle the coming overflow. Such a personality is magnetic. Positive people draw other people into their wake because positive energy is infectious.
They are willing to accept challenges. When Bill Gates acquired MicroSoft he had no idea how he was going to make it work, be he also saw the long term benefits of doing so. He adapted, he overcame, and it goes without saying to call him one of the single largest success stories in American history. So if you are asked to do something, say yes, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone.
You won’t hear them complain. Successful people recognize that bad things happen and that complaining about it does absolutely no good for anybody. When there is a problem they opt to look for solutions as opposed to complaining about it or allowing it to get the best of them.
You will see them smile. Successful people obviously have a lot to smile about, but this goes hand in hand with the positive attitude mentioned earlier. Smiles are infectious, and positive energy has a way of generating momentum that results in getting a lot of work done.
They go beyond the call. It is one thing to pay for something and get what you paid for, it is quite another to pay for something and receive more than you expected. Successful people realize this and they will give above and beyond what is required or expected. It guarantees that people will remember them in the future.
Successful people realize why God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we would listen twice as much as we talk. They love to listen to others, yet are not afraid of asking honest questions. Successful people know that you will learn far more from listening as opposed to talking.
They put their brain in gear before talking. Too many people run off at the mouth, and then spend considerable time picking up the pieces. Successful people think before they speak, as calm reasoned discussion is almost always more beneficial than words spoken in the heat of the moment.
They inspire others. I can readily think of ten people in my own life that I would like to better emulate…maybe not personality or goals but certainly work habits, attitude, and overall view of life in general. Successful people will not hide their light under a bushel, but will rather encourage others to be successful as well.
Successful people are enthusiastic. They see life as a series of events to be savored and enjoyed to the fullest. They get up every day and instead of dreading going into work, they look forward at what the coming day will bring, what new opportunities, what new challenges, and even better, what new rewards. Try going into work upbeat and excited and see how quickly you start standing out from the crowd.
They recognize that failure is an integral part of success. Most successful people failed more than once before achieving success. Radio personality Rush Limbaugh was fired from 14 previous radio jobs before landing his current gig. Now he is the single most successful radio host in history.
They never stop learning. Successful people believe in going as far in your education as you can possibly go, and this is not confined to school or “book learnin”. They expose themselves to new ideas, new concepts, and they make every effort to put them into practice to see if they actually work in the real world.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but trying to put your best foot forward in all areas of your life can’t help but make you a better person and more successful in life overall.
Now get out there and do it.