Successful People vs Unsuccessful People: How To Tell Them Apart

If you were looking down on a room with 50 of your peers, do you think you would be able to pick out who are successful and who are unsuccessful – without seeing their sales numbers?

There are many ways to do this, and this email will show you how. At the bottom of this email are two very helpful infographs that serve as motivators for success.
I had both of these next to computer screen at my office for years. And it’s not a coincidence that I had some of my biggest breakthroughs of my career during this time period.

First, take a look at the one called the “Success Indicator.”

It’s a great side-by-side comparison of the character traits of high achievers compared with low achievers.

Think of some of your peers while reading the bullets on each graphic. A few of those bullets really pop out and speak volumes of a person’s ability to succeed.

Unsuccessful people:
•    Think they know it all
•    Fear change
•    Blame others for their failures
•    Take all the credit for their victories

Successful people:
•    Continuously learn
•    Embrace change
•    Accept responsibility for their failures
•    Give other people credit for their victories

All it takes is 10 minutes of talking shop with a peer to find out if he/she is successful. How they view themselves, how they treat others, how they manage their work, and how they act during stressful times speak volumes of a person.

Now look at the second infographic that’s attached. It shows the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. It’s based on the fantastic book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck.

My big takeaway from Mindset graphic is that non-stop relentless effort coupled with being open to coaching is like STEROIDS for your business.

As I said in previous posts, effort is the key ingredient to success. Skills can be taught and learned. But the one thing that’s truly in control of the student is their effort to learn, their effort to improve, their effort to succeed – all in the face of escalating challenges.

If you’re currently using this approach, stick with it.

And if you’re not using it, start cranking up your effort, hustle, and openness to coaching immediately.

I guarantee you’ll like the results.

One last visualization: Picture yourself in that room of 50 peers. Now it’s somebody else’s turn to pick out who is successful and who is unsuccessful.

Reading over the infographics, do you think that you have a fixed or growth mindset? Do you fly by the seat of your pants at work? Do you set goals?

The list of questions can go on and on, but it all boils down to your set of expectations and if you are putting in due effort to reach them.

And one final word of advice from somebody who knew a thing or two about success and leadership.

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”
– Winston Churchill

Be valuable.

John McCarthy
Managing Editor,

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