7 Secrets of Successful People
Summary: This essay is about the seven important
qualities of successful people or high achievers which set them apart.
Success in any endeavor requires a combination of factors. In the success of
any individual, both extrinsic and intrinsic factors play an important part. Of
them, the intrinsic ones are more important because unless a person is endowed with
right qualities and abilities, it is difficult to deal successfully with the extrinsic
factors that are critical to his or her success or efforts.
What is the secret of success? What distinguishes successful people from
others. Are there any secrets which we can learn from them? No one can predict the
future or know in advance what may happen. However, it does not mean that we cannot
increase the probability of achieving success or reaching our goals. With careful
planning and preparation, we can do it. We can also learn the principles of success
and practice them if we are determined and motivated to do it.
Despite our knowledge and experience, we cannot overgeneralize the success factors,
or suggest a theory or a combination of factors that will equally work for everyone.
People have to find their own paths, methods and solutions to achieve success according
to their circumstances. Therefore, it is no wonder that successful people come from
all backgrounds and with a combination of diverse traits, strengths and weaknesses.
Poverty is certainly a limiting factor in most cases, since it defines a personâ€™s
status and identity and limits his or her reach and influence. Those who are born
in rich families certainly enjoy many advantages and opportunities to succeed, compared
to those who come from poor backgrounds, and do not have enough means to put their
thoughts to action.
However, we also see that poor people often defy all odds and achieve supper
success, despite their poverty and other limiting factors. Some even go all the
way to the top and become leaders in their professions or heads of nations. Whether
you come from a poor background or a rich background, and whether you aim to succeed
in business or in sports or in some other field, certain qualities are essential
to achieve success in life.
The following are seven important secrets of high achievers. Those who possess
them have a greater chance of achieving success in their lives.
1. Focus: High achievers are focused. Their minds and thoughts
remain fixed on their goals and tasks. Although outwardly they may appear to be
busy with routine tasks and daily problems, inwardly they never lose sight of their
primary goals or the larger picture of what they want to accomplish. Their dedication
and commitment keep them undeterred from pursuing their goals or executing their
plans and decisions even when they encounter major obstacles.
2. Discipline: Successful people are disciplined and organized.
They are disciplined enough to stick to their goals and plans, invest enough time
and energy to equip themselves with whatever that is necessary to succeed in life.
Because of that, they are able to build strong and trustworthy relationships, avoid
negative and self-destructive habits, keep their minds and bodies in good health,
conserve their resources and safeguard their wealth and investments with right measures.
3. Perseverance: Achievers who succeed in life are those who
do not easily give up, and who keep trying until they achieve their goals. Successful
people are self-motivators and very independent in their thinking and approach so
that they are not easily swayed by otherâ€™s negativity or discouragement. However,
they are also realistic enough to know when to call off a program or project, or
how to adapt to changing situations and contingencies by suitably modifying their
plans and actions.
4. Attention: Successful people and high achievers pay attention
to details, which help them anticipate problems and challenges and deal with them
accordingly. They closely monitor their actions and those of others, apart from
the changes that take place in the macro environment, to safeguard themselves from
possible problems and unexpected turn of events. They also pay close attention to
people and their behavior to ensure that they have the support and cooperation of
the best of the people.
5. Clarity: Without clarity of thought, it is difficult to achieve
success in life. Successful people know clearly what they are, and what they want
to achieve in their lives. They bring clarity to their goals and plan. They know
their strengths and weaknesses or their opportunities and limitations and plan their
lives accordingly. Since they think through things and rely upon their wisdom and
discernment, they know how to minimize errors and deal with ambiguity, uncertainty
6. Knowledge: Knowledgeable people are not necessarily successful
people or achievers. However, certain types of knowledge are essential to achieve
success in any field. Successful people may or may not be experts in their professions
or pursuits, but they possess enough discernment and acumen to know how to secure
right knowledge from right people and put it right use. Their knowledge comes from
their observation, experience, learning, expertise, consultation and intuition.
Some of them are also pioneers, innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.
7. Openness: If the mind is open, it can foresee things clearly,
find more alternatives, possibilities and opportunities in problem situations or
in decision making, explore more avenues to pursue goals or accomplish tasks, and
remain hopeful and motivated in difficult circumstances. Open-mindedness is also
helpful in forging relationships, receiving criticism, and building effective teams.
Successful people reap these benefits since they are open-minded and allow information
to flow from all sides. They also do not allow their assumptions, prejudices and
preconceived notions to interfere with their thinking or decisions.
Successful people are aware of the importance of having the right frame of mind
and right personality to succeed in their lives. Therefore, they spend time improving
themselves and making themselves fit and capable for the goals they choose and the
success they want to achieve. They know that success is the result of hard work,
perseverance and clarity in thinking and actions. Most importantly, they are good
human beings who want to pay back to the world and society for the help they receive,
the life they lead and the success they enjoy.
For Further Reading