Why is someone successful? Most people would say it is because they were born with a gift, under the bright star, and they were lucky. Well….it isn’t really about luck, and I completely agree with Heidi Grant Halvorson from the Harvard Business Review that you were not born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others, because that is really just one small piece of the puzzle.
Nine things successful people do differently made me really think….what is it that some people do, which makes them different, which makes them reach their goals so easily? Is it really easy, or it just seems easy to us when we see other people do it. Success can be many different things, like finishing a very demanding project at University or at work, might be a start-up, climbing a mountain top…. If you don’t earn millions (or billions) doesn’t mean you are not successful, you can be, you just have to set your right goals, the ones which will make you happy, and put a smile on your face.
During the years, I learned one thing, you must have self confidence – the right measure of self confidence, or simply said – not too much, or too little. If you don’t have self confidence, you don’t believe you can reach your objective, and then you probably won’t, because you are more focused on the negative sides and the pessimism overwhelms you. If you only dream big and are not realistic of what can be truly done, the probability of not seeing the end, but only have an illusion for it, is huge. Having the right amount of self confidence is crucial. Things start to roll out from there. To be objective is very important, while focusing the energy on what can be done, on the solutions, not on what cannot be done and who caused the problems. Find the solution, don’t waste time blaming everyone else that you can’t do your job and be successful because of them. Change that perception that everyone does everything wrong, and you are the only one who knows what’s right. Cause you are not, and can’t be…ever. There is always someone who has more experience, someone who has more technical knowledge, or soft skills. Don’t be jealous of who the others are, think of reducing your own weaknesses, and to keep improving the strengths. Don’t be lazy and be specific when defining what you want to do. And stick to it! If you want to own a mansion in 20 years, means you should earn six figures. If you are into engineering or technology, you know what title level brings that salary. So try to reach that position.
Don’t expect anything to fall from the sky. It’s not about the luck. It’s something different….it’s your perception of creating imagination into reality, while being constantly on the ground. And I never said it’s going to be easy. But for sure worth it!