It’s like Picasso said: “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
Is there anything wrong with modelling your habits on someone who is already a success in the field you want to enter? Absolutely not! If you can do just 10% of what a highly successful person is doing, you are well on your way to outstanding achievement.
If your hero achieved all that they achieved, there is nothing stopping from achieving it all, too. They are human just like you, and by following their habits and traits, you’re giving yourself the best chance of getting out of life everything which you desire.
Let’s take a look at 10 character traits of outstanding achievers you need to know about.
Drive is what impels you to get out of bed at 5am in the morning while your friends are still snoozing.
Drive is what separates the winners from the losers, the ones who want this from the pretenders.
Outstanding achievers seem to have drive on tap, and you might be wondering where they got it from. I guess it all comes down to how much you want to succeed, as well as knowledge of what you’ll get once you do succeed.
Glory is a powerful incentive – use it to drive you on.
2. Emotional Intelligence
There are some experts who claim that emotional intelligence is more useful and advantageous than a high IQ. Is this true? Very possibly.
Not all high achievers have a high IQ, and in fact IQ is now recognise as an outdated judgement of an individuals intellect. Instead, it’s been replaced by the theory of multiple intelligences, and emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is essentially people skills. Successful people are good communicators who are able to connect with everyone on their team without upsetting the balance. They know how to talk to people, how to motivate and inspire them.
If you’re still waiting on other people before you get started, you’re hardly a model of success or inspiration. If the world’s most successful people waited on their buddy’s to get over a hangover before they finally set to work, we’d never have heard of them. They’ll still be waiting, stuck in some dead-end 9-5 job that they hate.
Outstanding achievers recognise that they have to rely on others for certain things, but when it comes to decision-making and taking responsibility, they’re entirely self reliant. They think for themselves, and they make sure they’re not handicapped by an over reliance on others.
Ever seen a high achiever moping around, crying “woe is me!”?
Didn’t think so.
High achievers just don’t do this. They’re always looking upwards and forwards, and are ready to seize each day as though it’s their last. Filled with an abundance of optimism, they firmly believe that they are going to achieve their goals. Nothing is going to bring them down.
This one is a tricky skill master if you’re not naturally persuasive. If you struggle when it comes to persuading people around to your side, it might be a good idea to read some books or listen to some podcasts on the subject. All high achievers have this trait in common. They know what they want, and they know how to get it.
6. Focused On One Goal
Ever woken up focussed on a particular goal, only to change your mind the next day, fixating on another goal instead?
This tends to happen when we don’t have a clear idea of where our passions lie.
High achievers are very good at focusing on one goal at a time. It improves productivity, efficiency, and success.
Self-belief is one of the most important character traits of hugely successful people. Without belief in yourself, you’re just not going to get anywhere.
Belief is an incredibly powerful thing. This might sound like magic, but truly if you believe in something enough, you will achieve it.
High achievers started out with an incredible amount of self belief. Had they not had such an unwavering conviction in their own abilities, they probably wouldn’t have even made a start.
It’s like the American illusionist David Blaine said: “As a magician, I believe anything is impossible.”
The limits you have are self-imposed. They don’t really exist.
8. Listening Skills
Did you think outstanding achievers are so single-minded and determined that they ignore any and all advice?
Sure, some people do this, and if you’ve ever watched the reality TV show The Apprentice you’ll have seen many examples of it. But these people are not high achievers.
The winners in life cultivate the advice of others, and they actually listen. They need their views to be challenged, and they’re always open to a second opinion. They know that to be a god among men, you need to absorb the abilities and thoughts of others.
I grew up with a lot of people who had no patience at all. They were temperamental, snappy and quit when things weren’t moving as quickly as they wanted them to. Is this a hallmark of success?
Big achievers understand the importance of having a long-term plan, and having the patience to see it through. They know there will be obstacles along the way, and they know there will be temptations to quit early.
But they also know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Things take time. A willingness to wait is key to your success. Short-term glories aren’t worth a thing.
There seems to be a misconception about successful people, and it’s this: Hugely successful people must have been ruthless as they climbed to the top. You cannot be so successful without exploiting others.
Look, outstanding achievers are those for whom success is a journey, not an end. It keeps on going. As such, they have the patience to see it through, and the integrity to build honest, long-lasting relationships with people.
Honesty is the best policy. Being honest makes people trust you. It ensures better relations, extends your network and defines who you are.
Those who lie quickly get found out – and they get blacklisted.