What inspires you when you wake up?
Each person has a different set of things they aspire to, the reason why they wake up energized in the morning. Some need coffee to function well. Others use their family or their dreams to fuel their working day. For some, it could be what their business coaches taught them—to wake up and seize the day.
This, and many more, set the best of the best apart from the rest of us. If you’re feeling a little down because of the situation, don’t fret—some people thrive and succeed despite the situation. If you’re trying to create a business or are in the middle of working towards a promotion when the pandemic hit, we hear you. You might want to read through this list of the traits that highly successful people possess and do your best to emulate it.
Winners Tend to Listen More
You might tend to look at winners as those who know it all, and everyone listens when they speak. There’s a trick to that, though; they know how to and when to speak because they know how to listen, first and foremost.
Think of the late great Steve Jobs. There had been stories of how he was like as a boss and how difficult it might have been to work for him. Still, the iPhone wouldn’t be what it is today had Jobs chosen not to listen to his advisors at times. Another thing is that he knew when to let Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, takes over.
Jobs isn’t the first in a long line of successful people who know how and when to listen. Sir Richard Branson also lists listening among the top secrets behind his success.
Winners Aren’t Afraid to Fail
There’s a thin line between always failing with no target and failing but learning from it. The thing is to fail with direction. You can’t be too careful if you want to succeed in life, but you also shouldn’t be too careless, either.
Again, we look to Jobs, whose legacy at Apple is interesting. At one point in time, he was ousted as CEO of the company he helped build. It was only after honing his craft and helping to start Pixar and NeXT did he make the second coming of sorts at the company.
Failure will always happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. How you get up from that failure is what separates the winners from the rest.
Winners Are Always Learning
Have you ever wondered how Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla succeeded in their craft? The two might be rivals, but one thing that connected them is the drive to follow through with their passions and the constant yearning to learn more about their craft.
Another thing is that curiosity fueled their passion. Dreamers as they are, they have always looked at the horizon, knowing that a breakthrough was waiting for them at the wild yonder. The electric bulb and electricity as we know it is here today, thanks to their curiosity.
Winners Don’t Keep It to Themselves
Motivational coaches will always tell you to find a successful person and “study” under them, but how do you sniff them out? Most of the time, they’ll be very willing to share the secrets of their success. That alone makes them already a winner.
The world can always use more winners, and it’s highly possible that, somewhere along the way, they also learned from the best that came before them. You’ll eventually become a winner as well, but you shouldn’t keep the secrets with you—pay it forward and help the next guy who’s trying to win in life.
Winners Always Execute
There are dreamers, and then, there are winners. It’s easy to confuse the two, but those that seize the day do so by executing their plans and acting on their dreams. Dreams die when they are left alone for too long. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the past winners in your industry—or any field, for that matter—you have to learn to follow on your dreams.
Execution doesn’t have to be fast, and the first step is always the hardest, but you eventually have to move. It’s how you win the day.
It might be hard to see how you’re going to win at life with all that’s been going on during the pandemic. Driving yourself to succeed each day under lockdown is already a win in your book but consider adding these tips for good measure.