If you've been following this site for any length of time, you know that Coral and I are probably happiest when we are on the water. I unfortunately didn't really get introduced to boating or wake boarding until I was about 23 (which is already old-man status in that arena). One thing I've learned about the water in my short time there is that the percentage of successful people is HIGH.
One reason: Boating is not cheap haha.
Don't get me wrong – for every millionaire or walking success story that I've met out on the water, there are plenty of people that have financed their way onto the lake. It's really that way anywhere. You can't tell how successful people are by looking at the crap they own or wear. It's just not possible in today's finance everything world.
I want to be clear – the list I'm about to share is about “normal” success stories. I'm not talking about billionaires or mega mega mega millionaires…I don't really know anyone quite like that (yet). I've learned these from normal people that killed it in their careers, started their own successful businesses, retired early, etc. 🙂
5 Things I've Learned about Successful People
1. They fail…a lot
This one should maybe say that they take calculated risks often and they don't always work out. Whether it was starting businesses that ultimately flopped or trying out a different investing strategy that wasn't as awesome as they had hoped, they were at least TRYING SOMETHING. That's such an important thing that I'm trying to impress on all of you lately.
With every failure you are one step closer to awesomeness.
2. They know money CAN buy happiness (hear me out)
I was hanging out on my good friend's Sea-Ray 460 ([email protected]$$, BIG boat), and I mentioned that money doesn't buy happiness. His response changed my view on that completely. He said: “Money by itself can't buy happiness, but it can buy or produce things that make you happy”.
I.E. – Early retirement, a boat, nice house, vacations, financial security, etc., are a piece of happiness that kicking @$$ with your money can bring (would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this in the comment section).
3. They Shamelessly Self-Promote
There is nothing wrong with being humble, but if you're humble to the point that nobody knows what the hell you can do, you're doing yourself a disservice. One thing I've noticed about successful people is that it doesn't take too long to figure out what makes them great at what they do. Either they will talk about it, or the people they know will do it for them.
4. They know how to sell
The reality is that if you want to make money, you generally need to learn how to sell products or your own skills to progress in your career. I'll take myself as the perfect example here: I suck at selling in the “traditional” way. Maybe it's because I can't BS very well or something, but I'm definitely not extroverted or high-energy enough to be a salesperson.
However – I DID have to learn to sell on this site and with my marketing services via the internet. I just found a way to do it that I enjoy. 🙂 If you have a normal job, you have to learn to sell your skill set and show why you are a producer instead of a consumer at your company.
5. They don't rely on “luck”
I just want to mention this really quickly – if you are someone who sees/meets a successful person and thinks “eh, they just got lucky”…you've already freaking lost or will very soon. The smartest people I know look at success stories and try to find value instead of a blueprint.
Unless they won the lottery, a successful person's luck is the point where opportunity and preparation meet. Period. Stop it with that luck nonsense.
This is just a small sample
In my opinion, there are a ton of factors that go into making someone a “success”. What I have tried to do is very closely observe how these people act, and then apply it to my own projects and life. I feel pretty confident that my online business will be successful because of it (and some could argue that it already is).
The biggest takeaway should really be this: find a mentor. Put yourself in a position to be around successful people as often as possible and listen closely. Ask questions. Learn. If you can't find those people in your area, you're always welcome here. 🙂
Questions for you:
What other successful habits have you seen?
What's your favorite piece of advice about money?