e know the names of people who are rich and famous. These days, you may even have the opportunity to observe their lifestyles and what they do from day to day. We also know they come from all different types of backgrounds from around the world. This is proof that the boundaries of excelling reach beyond our environments. True, some were born into affluence but for those who had to work for their status, what connects them? Working for your success entails an abundance of effort and dedication. If you plan on reaching beyond average, chances are you need to perform above average as well. Do you share these same character traits prominent in those who have earned their success?
The correct line of action for one moment may not be right for another. Because of this, you are not likely to maintain success without being flexible in the relative environment. The inability to adapt can decimate you or your business. It happens to entertainers as well as companies like Polaroid. Staying fluid through fluctuating demands, shifting markets, and changing trends enables the ability to not just survive but to thrive.
Alert is characterized as, “Quick to perceive and act.” To simply put, most successful people were able to leverage attentiveness and rational to make detrimental decisions quickly. Known as one of the best stock brokers, Peter Schiff would have fallen short instead of being known as a “gold bug” if he had not been alert. He is most known for predicting the United States's economic crash of 2008 and has a net worth of 70 million dollars. Being alert translates to correctly assessing the present, accurately forecasting the future and successfully acting accordingly.
Those who are ambitious have a desire to achieve a particular goal. The goal is unique to the individual and can range from becoming a veterinarian to changing peoples lives around the world. Ambition however, is just the beginning. It ignites your drive. It allows people to reach their dreams no matter their current situation. Channel your ambition into learning what you need to succeed and putting the effort in to obtain it.
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The road to success is usually not a straight one. It is likely to take a substantial amount of work and if you lack discipline which is defined as, “showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working.” then you will probably find it difficult to do what you’re supposed to when needed. Autodidacts often use self-discipline as a main tool for efficient learning and training. You can practice discipline by maintaining a daily routine, deciding to put extra hours in working, or to live a more healthy lifestyle.
A combination of diligence and hardworking - industrious is marked by being constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied. Countless success stories, including Marc Cuban’s, whose net worth is 4.3 billion dollars, have the classic, “they told me to choose between them and my goal” scenario due to the amount of effort and work it often takes to reach your aspirations. Being Industrious can mean missing out on family time and requires understanding and patience from those close to you.
Self-control will bring you a long way with regards to most aspects of your life.It is defined as, “restraint exercised over one's impulses, emotions, or desires”. Having self-control allows you to strategically navigate events instead of succumbing to impulse or emotions. It gives you the opportunity to outmaneuver competition or gain respect, among other examples. Groups of people who benefit from this trait in professional environments are those who are overly aggressive, or overly emotional. Some professions require this trait especially, including surgeons, police officers, and pilots. All require keeping a clear head and staying focused.
The traits most often found in those who can generate financial wealth or fame are those which promote productivity, attentiveness and overall control. Even if you do not currently put these into practice, you can always train yourself to do so. Either way, it is important to know what traits you do have and learn to use them to your advantage.