1. They go the extra mile.
People who achieve big things in life invest extra effort, thought, and creativity into everything they do, no matter how big or small.
2. They work hard.
No matter who they are or how they amassed their fortune, the one commonality is that successful people work extremely hard to achieve their goals, not look for get-rich-quick schemes. But they do make sure their hard work is directed in the right direction so it’s smart work, as well.
Like Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
3. They look for solutions.
The desired outcome or goal is always in mind to keep them focused and guide them as they work. Instead of getting hung up on the minutiae of the process, they’re constantly focused on the target.
Education and Personal development
4. They are self-aware.
People who accomplish great things in life are confident but not cocky, have a good assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses, and have a high self-worth while still remaining humble.
5. They’re curios and eager to learn.
Learning and being inquisitive is a lifelong journey for successful people, and they invest in themselves by reading, going to training workshops, and seeking out mentors. Studies show that 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. only 5% of poor people.
6. They have specific training, knowledge, skills, and talents.
Instead of just being generalists, high achievers invest in the education or training to become the best at one single thing.
7. They read.
While reading is far less popular in our video/attention deficit modern world, ultra achievers still read copiously. Studies show that 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more every day (for education or career reasons – not romance novels!) while only 2% of poor people do the same. Furthermore, 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more books a month compared to only 3% of poor parents.
Time and organization
8. They are organized and focused.
81% of wealthy and successful people build and manage a daily To Do list compared to only 19% of poor. Just like writing down your goals has been found to be extremely powerful, keeping on task and organized with a To Do list is as well.
9. They use their time wisely.
Successful people use their downtime to invest in education and personal growth. For instance, 63% of wealthy listen to audio books or podcasts during their commute to work compared to only 5% of poor people.
10. They certainly don’t waste it.
Since time is their greatest asset, successful people don’t spend theirs on frivolous pursuits (like playing on Facebook, video games, chatting with friends, etc.) In fact 67% of wealthy people watch one hour or less of TV every day, while 23% of poor people do, and only 6% of wealthy watch reality TV shows vs. 78% of poor.
11. They set goals and plan.
Just like any achievements in life, setting tangible goals with concrete timetables and planning the action steps to achieve them is crucial to success. People who are wealthy never get that way by accident – there’s always a history of goal setting and careful planning, along with consistent reevaluation of their plan based on changing circumstances. One statistic to prove that is that 67% of wealthy people write down their goals while only 17% of poor people do.
12. They have a positive relationship with time.
We all have the same amount of time, but one of the keys to becoming successful and wealthy is how you spend that time effectively. Successful people use time to their advantage instead of squandering it or letting it pass them by. They schedule, plan, and prioritize their way to a “routine of ascension.”
Attitudes and beliefs
13. They take risks and are willing to fail.
Failure is not the enemy of successful people – it’s a necessary ally. In fact, if they don’t go through enough failure in their lives they understand they’re not taking enough risks.
14. They believe luck is created.
Successful people don’t wait around for luck to bless them – they go out and create their own opportunities with hard work, smart planning, and persistence. In fact, 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity instead of luck, while only 4% of poor believe the same. Furthermore, 76% of wealthy attribute bad habits to bad “luck” vs. 9% of poor.
15. They take responsibility.
People who go far in life understand that by assuming accountability for their actions they empower themselves. They never try to pass the buck or dodge blame – they’re happy to take responsibility, fix the problem, and move on.
16. Their thinking is flexible.
Successful people have firm values but flexible thinking, adjusting their sails depending on how they wind blows. They make constant changes to adjust to their ever-changing environment.
17. They create instead of consume.
This is fascinating – instead of just amassing and worshipping material things, successful people always have the impetus to create something themselves, whether it’s a new business, building a house, or forming a non-profit. Creation is one of the processes held in highest esteem by high achievers.
18. They live in the present moment.
They key to success- and happiness – is to always be fully present and immersed in the moment.
19. They’re optimistic.
They’re perpetually optimistic, enthusiastic, and never give up their positive attitudes.
20. They have a big dream.
Mega high achievers have an overall goal or dream that always seems audacious, unrealistic, and out of reach…until they reach it. In fact, 80% of wealthy and successful people are focused on accomplishing some single goal, while only 12% of the poor do this.
21. They set small, realistic goals.
Even though they dream big, successful people break the path to that dream into smaller, manageable goals. They focus 100% on the goal in front of them; cross it off once they reach it, and set the next goal.
22. They’re persistent.
Successful people suffer the same setbacks and disappointments as the rest of us – if not many more – but they understand that their success is earned by bouncing back. “Fall seven times, get up eight,” as the old saying goes.
23. They want to improve on the status quo.
Successful people don’t accept the world as it is – they endeavor to change it for the better, always thinking about solving problems or filling needs.
24. They stay focused on one task.
Psychological studies conclude that multi-tasking is a myth! The human brain can only fully focus on one thing at a time. Successful people know this and don’t try to juggle – they fully engage with one task and when they complete that, only then do they move on.
25. They’re ambitious.
Of course ambition and drive are common traits of successful people, but more than just amassing wealth, they want to build something bigger than themselves and make lasting changes that help people.
Look for part two of this blog, where we cover the next 25 habits of mega successful and wealthy people!