6 Traits of Successful People

Successful People

Being successful isn't about being lucky. It comes from making the right choices, working hard, and never giving up. Here are six traits of successful people. 

1. Successful people do more than expected

Whether a successful person is working for someone else or for themselves, they don't settle for the doing the minimum amount of work. They will go above and beyond in order to do the best possible job. If they finish a task early, they will ask how else they can be of help instead of counting down the minutes until it's time to go home. Successful people make themselves useful. They take every opportunity to show that they are willing to do whatever is asked of them.

2. Successful people don't squander away time

Successful people don't spend hours every night watching TV or playing video games. They will relax and enjoy themselves, but for a limited amount of time. They know that time-wasting activities don't lead to success. If you want to write a book, you need to devote time to it. If you want to build a business from your home, you have to turn off the TV and focus on it.

3. Successful people don't quit

Successful people know that quitting isn't an option if they want to achieve something. Challenges and obstacles come with any goal in life. Instead of quitting they find a way to overcome whatever is in their way. If you want something badly enough, you won't quit. You will have to ask for help when it's needed and channel your inner strength and courage to take on new challenges. When you want to do something you've never done before, you will encounter many new obstacles. If you try something and it doesn't work, try something else. There is a way to overcome any obstacle, you just need to find it. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. 

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4. Successful people never stop learning

Successful people know the value of education. Education doesn't have to happen in classrooms. Reading and talking to other successful people is a great way to learn. Being successful means keeping up with what's happening in your industry. Learning can also happen by experiencing new things. Learning about yourself can help you to push your boundaries and become the success you want to be.

5. Successful people ignore naysayers

Whenever you try to achieve something that others don't think is possible, they will tell you it can't be done. People close to you may even try to hold you back or distract you, whether they mean to or not. It's up to you to be able to ignore other people and do what you have to do to achieve your goals. Don't spend your time around people who are negative about what you are trying to achieve. They will only drain your energy and your passion. Successful people surround themselves by other successful people and people who are working on being successful. They are also willing to help those who want to learn.

6. Successful people are self-motivated

Successful people are powered by their goals and the future they envision for themselves. They don't wait for someone else to tell them what to do and when to do it. They motivate themselves to get things done. If they don't accomplish something they needed to, they don't blame anyone else. They take full responsibility for their actions. Successful people wake up every morning feeling excited about the day ahead.

If you want to be successful, you need to learn from those who are already successful. Study the way they work and live. This will help you to adjust your own behaviors and find your own success. 

About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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