Some people just seem gifted. Somehow everything they do, they do well.
To the rest of us it seems like magic, we wish we had the same abilities.
What is the difference between them and us?
Since I was little this “mystery” has intrigued me, when we were kids, some kids would just overnight become the best at the sports we played, they did well in classes, it felt as though they were in the top at whatever we did.
When I later started working I noticed the same thing. I started working in sales and some salesmen just had a gift. They would close everything. I had to know how and why. Since then I have studied good salesmen, poor salesmen, sports stars and other successful people like managers and business owners.
I have found that all successful people have 5 traits in common
To succeed it takes hunger, a driving force pushing you to excel. It doesn’t make any difference what that force is; Money, Prestige or just the feel of Winning, as long as it is there and that it is powerful.
I have written a post about this earlier, see Hunger; The Key to Success
Showing pride in yourself, your appearance and your company is very important.
People can quickly see if you are someone they want to do business with. Being able to walk into a room and say, this is me and I am important! Makes others believe it to.
Success is hard, tedious work. Every day you have to push yourself to accomplish your goals.
Being able to do it at a constantly high level takes a lot of discipline, constantly working on your techniques and skills takes iron will and a strong person.
If you want advice on how to become more disciplined read “What Would We Do Without Discipline?“
Being able to go into a room with the CEO, 2 members of the board and a group of high level executives and make a presentation takes guts.
You must be able to stand up straight and say “This is me, this is what I can do and why you need me!”
Pride in your work and confidence in yourself go hand and hand, but you cannot do without either.
Read more about confidence; “The Key To Success; Confidence”
Improve on what you do worst
All of us have these traits, but in different degrees.
Only you know truly how confident you are in yourself, how proud you are, how well you are able to discipline yourself, how interested you are in knowing more about your industry and how hungry you are to succeed, but you need to be able to look at yourself and see what your weakest points are and start to work on their improvement.
This is a never ending challenge; you can always improve and always get better.
From my personal experience I can say that working on your weakest skill makes a large difference, not only in how well you do your job, but in your whole life. When you start looking at yourself objectively as if you were someone else, you learn so much about yourself and your start to grow.
I hope this article has inspired you to improve and helped you see what traits it is you need to work on if you are to become the best.