What Makes Successful People?

We all measure success differently, but there are certain traits that many successful people share. These include a relentless work ethic, a focus on collaboration and teamwork and putting more emphasis on the journey than the destination.

They are not afraid to take risks. They believe that failure is a part of the process and that they will succeed eventually, no matter what. This belief system is what drives them to keep pushing even when it seems like all hope is lost.

Whether it’s skateboarding, writing code, singing a song, playing basketball or helping people search on Google, they are focused on mastering a particular skill and getting better and better at it. This single-minded obsession with improving their craft is what sets successful people apart from those that don’t see their goals as possible or never reach their full potential.

All really successful people are intensely result-oriented. They know exactly what they want and they have it written down, with specific plans on how to achieve it, and they review and work from those goals as a daily habit. They also develop a fast tempo, meaning they move forward quickly in everything they do.

Enthusiastic and always ready for a challenge, they are fixers in life. They don’t get bogged down with problems that can’t be solved though and they are able to step back when they are trying too hard.

They value family, health and giving back to their community. They consciously allocate the 1,440 minutes in each day to these activities, making it a priority to find balance between work and personal life.

When they experience success, they celebrate it with others. They don’t try to hide their achievements or belittle those that have helped them along the way. They are grateful for those around them that have contributed and realize that they can’t achieve anything on their own.

The road to success is not clean or easy. It’s not for the faint of heart and there are no guarantees, but it’s worth the journey if you are committed to learning and growing as an individual. After all, more people look back over their lives and regret what they didn’t do than what they did do. And remember, there is no age limit to when you can be successful – Chloe Kim became the youngest halfpipe champion at the age of 19 and Harry Bernstein wrote his first book at the age of 93!