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7 Important Traits You Need to Develop to Become Successful

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Look around you and you will see successful people everywhere. They are the ones hogging the limelight and they make the decisions which make the world go round. Yet, they weren’t born this way. They worked hard and persevered for years before reaching a position where they live life on their terms.

Now, while every successful person is unique, there are some traits which are common in all of them. Here’s a look at a few of those:

1. They embrace persistence

Did you know Bill Gates tried to sell the idea for a traffic data business before founding Microsoft? If he had dwelled on his failure, he wouldn’t be the richest man on the planet.

Successful people know that luck can be shaped and twisted with hard work, and if they keep pushing themselves forward despite of the initial failures. They know that good things don’t come easy, and aren’t afraid to cross the bridges for the same.

Learn from failures but don’t let them burden you. If you mess up a project, work extra hard on your next project and ensure its success.

“The key of persistence will open up any door that has been closed by resistance.” – John Di Lemme

2. They are aware of their thoughts

Unlike the masses that get easily influenced by the external ideas, the successful entrepreneurs are well aware of their thoughts and work hard to accomplish their respective objectives. They have active control over the cognitive process indulged in learning and once they know the thoughts that are leading to a particular result, they get the power to change them as per the need.

The process of being aware of one’s thoughts is known as “metacognition”. Become aware of your thoughts and upgrade them accordingly to manifest better results.

 

3. They set real goals they can achieve

Their goals are focused. They wake up every morning with a new plan in their mind and they make things happen in a planned manner while others spend all day scrambling to figure out what step they need to take next. They know what they have and what they can accomplish. They invest all their efforts into accomplishing their goals.

Set small goals, such as a financial goal for this year. Once you achieve it, you will have the confidence to achieve bigger and better things.

 

4. They bend the trends

Computing was gaining popularity by the time Steve Jobs created Apple. However, instead of following the trail marked by the renowned adepts of that time, he experimented with the design and functionality of his own device, and today, Apple is a tech giant.

Another important trait worth mentioning is that successful people know how to bring change in the world instead of being affected by it. They know that if you do nothing and avoid the trends, you will be left behind and that’s why they keep coming up with new ideas and thoughts. This is why they are able to come up with new ideas that become trends over time, rather than following the current trends.

Constantly look for ideas to change and improve yourself and the things around you. Eventually, you will find something that you can call your own creation.

 

5. They are lifelong learners

They are the ones who believe the learning process is not limited to high school and college. Successful people always yearn to learn and constantly learn new things and enjoy new experiences. They are not afraid of attempting new things. It is the undying inquisitiveness and curiosity that helps them keep learning their entire lives and create unimagined solutions as a result.

Keep learning from failures and experiences. You are never too old to create and never too old to learn something new.

 

6. They know success isn’t always from taking big risks

It is often said that successful people are the risk-takers; however, ask the adepts and no one would advise you to put everything at stake just to be successful. The first thing that the successful people so is that they limit their potential losses before taking a risky plunge.

They learn the art of managing the associated risks and acceptable losses so that they don’t have to stare down in fear to be successful.

Calculate your potential risks and plan strategies to minimize them before diving in headfirst.

“Successful entrepreneurs are actually quite risk-averse” – Paul B. Brown

7. They don’t dwell on the past

It is better to ask yourself what you have achieved yet and what you aim to achieve further. Successful people are always seeking betterment in their lives and in their careers and this constant desire for a better tomorrow keep them vigorous in their work and other aspects of their lives.

Look for ways to enhance your skills, even if it means going back to the basics.

As you can see, these are traits which you can develop over time. All it takes is vision, effort, and resilience and you can map your own destiny to achieve what you want.

Which trait do you need to work on most? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Ankit Gupta heads the content department of ExportersIndia.com, one of the leading B2B business portals in India. Apart from managing his team, Ankit loves to write motivational blogs and keeps sharing useful motivatinal tips with the readers. To read more by Ankit follow him on his Twitter.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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