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4 Characteristics of Extraordinarily Successful People That Have Great Relationships



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Achieving extraordinary success is not a walk in the park. A lot of people work hard to achieve success but in the process neglect their relationships with their family and friends. In my studies of successful people I’ve realized that although they work hard at achieving their dreams, they also try to ensure that their lives are rich in relationships.

Relationships with our loved ones matter a lot. There is no point working hard for 18 hours a day for many years to climb to the top of the mountain, only to realize that you’re all alone with no one to enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Here are four characteristics many successful people exhibit that have helped them maintain positive, healthy relationships with their friends and families as they pursued their dreams:

1. Creativity in business and personal life

Super successful people show a high degree of creativity in their work and life.  Creativity is developed by having a curious mind and a willingness to take risks. Successful people borrow ideas and principles they’ve observed in different fields and apply these principles in their area of interest.

In their personal lives, they find creative ways to spend time with their family and friends despite their busy schedules. They don’t try to force a distinction between their work and personal lives but ensure that their jobs seamlessly incorporates with their lives.

They teach their kids and spouses about their business at the dinner table as opposed to watching TV, or they ensure that their business or day trips can be scheduled in such a way they get to spend quality time with their family.  

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono

2. Brutal honesty

If you’re going to be super successful you need to learn to be brutally honest with yourself and the people around you. Absolute honesty will save you a lot of time and money because you’re able to strip things down to the bare essentials and make decisions quickly.

As consumers of products and services, we expect that sales people or service providers will lie to us at every opportunity. However, developing a reputation for honesty indicates a level of professionalism that is beyond the norm

In your personal life maintaining a high degree of honesty with the people closest to you can go a long way in your relationships. Rather than always breaking your word when you promise to do something, try to have an honest discussion about why you may not be able to go along despite your best intentions.

Offer to be available for a few events and give your undivided attention while you’re with your loved ones. You’ll be surprised that sometimes it’s the quality time you offer that is enough to satisfy the people in your life.

3. Prolific problem solvers

Extraordinarily successful people are known to be prolific problem solvers. They know that every problem encountered hides an opportunity. The ability to pause and reflect on where the opportunity lies in every problem is a skill that must be mastered.

In your personal life, you need to find ways to solve some of the challenges your loved ones are facing. They might not expect you to do anything about it because they know you’re very busy, however, small thoughtful actions that show you care and are thinking of them helps to remind people that they mean a lot to you.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

4. Humility

Humility is often an overlooked but important characteristic of highly successful people. With the exception of a few brash and egotistical individuals who falsely state that they achieved their success by themselves. Many top performers are distinctly humble people.

That’s because they know that they did not achieve their level of success without receiving help from people or just being at the right place at the right time. Humility is a mysterious positive force that many great men and women share. Whether it’s being courteous to your subordinates at the office or showing extra appreciation to the people close to you. It’s important to learn to be humble in all situations.

Do you have any of these characteristics?  What are some aspects of successful people that you’ve seen?  Comment below!

Chi Odogwu is a writer, speaker, teacher and a business growth consultant. He helps fast growing private companies with $500k - $5M in annual revenues scale up by taking advantage of underutilized digital marketing strategies. He is a thought leader in the direct response marketing field. Chi is also an avid student and teacher of personal development and success principles. You can connect with Chi through his website or through his Facebook.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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