What Makes Successful People So Different?
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us know someone who makes success look easy. They always set the pace on and off the job. They show up early, stay late and play right through all sorts of deadlines.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, recently took a look at these leaders, zeroing in on the different ways they think and act. Here are some of the things they do to stay creative and effective, as they “unsquare” every box.
They don’t rattle easily – When everybody else falls apart under pressure, successful people are usually unflappable. They know everything changes over time. If they remain flexible and focused, they have a good chance of winning most of the time.
They are as good as their word – Leaders understand how honesty works to build trust and lasting connections, while lies often work briefly, but then come back to undermine relationships and projects.
They are not afraid to speak up – Too often brilliant ideas get lost in the din, when individuals hesitate, and others surge forward. Leaders know an idea may fail, but it does not make them a failure. They are always willing to jump into the game.
They are always curious – Some of the smartest, most effective people that I know, always have the most questions. They are fascinated with the world and the people in it, never hesitating to reach out to find out about more new things.
They meet their fears head on – Bradberry says, ”Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination.” We can go through life weighed down by our fears, or we can face each one and overcome them all. A good example is the fear of public speaking. That first presentation may be incredibly hard, but all of the subsequent ones often become easier as fear loses its grip.
They reach for the stars – Leaders often have grand dreams, but they are also willing to take small steps. They know nothing is accomplished without the willingness to take that first step. The strongest leaders that I have known clearly see the connection between the big picture and the daily routine.
They keep everyone involved – Most jobs include some routine details. Leaders make the effort to keep everyone on target, pointing up how attention to the smallest details can be the difference between average work and a professional approach to a finished project.
Pick the tips from this list that you like and see where it takes you. I predict it will be someplace good.
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