Success comes in many ways and forms. What’s interesting is that most successful people have very similar qualities.
If you want to achieve your life’s dream and be successful, you need to model yourself after people who are living their dream. The more qualities you have in common, the higher your chances for being successful.
Whether you are just starting out on your career or have already achieved significant professional success here are some top 6 habits of truly successful people to take note of.
1. Surround yourself with the right people
The saying, “Show Me Your Friends and I’ll Tell You Who You Are” is a saying that has been around for a long time.
It is critical to build a team of great people to help you become successful. Your ability to assemble the right group of people will ultimately dictate your future success. Talent, whether inside or outside the company can only help you on your journey.
“The bigger the dream the more important the team”
2. Make your own luck
Forget about a lucky horse shoe. If a great opportunity arises out of the blue, is that luck? Or is it the result of a great impression you left on someone else, who then steered the new opportunity your way?
Luck is derived from hard work over time and positioning yourself for success. You won’t randomly get lucky and successful people know that.
3. Be accountable
Accountability is important to a business’s success as a whole. Every employee, no matter what level of seniority is equally responsible for aiding in the success of the company. In order to achieve the goals of the company, long and short term, it is important that all people within the company work together and share accountability. Successful people don’t rely on other people in order to get the job done. If they make a mistake, they own up to it and immediately think of ways that they can improve next time, not making the same mistake twice.
4. Communicate like a pro
People who can communicate effectively excel in life. If you walk up to a successful person and ask them what they do, they will able to tell you everything in a concise manner. They know who they are, what they do and can make you believe in them. They have presence and are very persuasive and confident.
Truly successful people never give up. Do they ever fail? Yes, of course. But when times get hard, their stamina to move forward doesn’t wane. Develop a willingness to work through the challenges you encounter along the way. They are focused on building sustainable careers through hard work.
6. The road to success is a roller coaster – enjoy the ride
Finally, you will have failures, suffer setbacks and have to climb mountains in order to achieve your dreams. Instead of viewing failure as something to be avoided, turn it into a “stepping-stone” on the path to success. Success is the destination, failure is how you get there.
Successful people have realistic optimism. Realistic because they take action and optimistic because no matter what the result may be, they believe their success is inevitable. They enjoy the journey, despite the obstacles, because they are motivated by the final destination.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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