The difference between successful and unsuccessful people

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.” Lou Vickery

I have spent the past fifteen years reading and studying what makes people successful.

Successful people take full responsibility for their life and actions. They are committed to achieving success and happiness. They don’t blame others and seldom complain. This person is powerfully driven by optimism and gets great satisfaction from inspiring others. They see most things as possible and because of these positive thoughts, attract and magnify success and happiness, therefore they have an extraordinary quality of life. They ooze positive vibes and energy.

What is the difference between successful and unsuccessful people?

Unsuccessful People tend to:

  1. Easily criticise others
  2. Have a sense of entitlement
  3. Take all the credit for their victories
  4. Read very little
  5. Fear change
  6. Fly by the seat of their pants
  7. Gossip about people
  8. Exude anger
  9. Never set goals
  10. Blame others for their failures
  11. Don’t know what they want to be
  12. Secretly hope others fail
  13. Operate from a transactional perspective
  14. They think they know it all
  15. Hold grudges
  16. Have relationship challenges
  17. Don’t focus
  18. Tend to be ungrateful 

Whereas Successful People:

  1. Embrace change
  2. Give others credit for their victories
  3. Read everyday
  4. Talk about Ideas
  5. Share information and data
  6. Exude joy
  7. Keep a ‘to-do project’ list
  8. Keep a journal
  9. Compliment others 
  10. Invest in their health and energy
  11. Have a sense of gratitude and appreciation
  12. They continuously learn
  13. Forgive others
  14. Accept responsibility for their failures
  15. Want others to succeed
  16. Set goals and develop life and career plans
  17. Develop high-trust relationships
  18. Have good rapport skills

The most encouraging thing that I have found as a coach is that anyone can make an instant decision to improve their personal circumstances by identifying and slowly eliminating the sticking points or obstacles that are holding back their career, health and relationships. The first step is to make the commitment to improve. You have to make this choice.

And because you have the power to choose, you have the power to change. The freedom to choose may be the most powerful attribute and potentially the most precious resource that you have in your life.

To your success!

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell

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