Highly successful people share common traits that contribute to their success. Here is some wisdom for success in whatever career you choose.
When looking at the most successful people throughout history, Robert Greene, author of ‘The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery’, found that it’s emotional quality, not intellectualism that separates those at the top from everyone else. “We live in a culture that tends to really emphasise intellect and going to the greatest schools and all that,” Greene told Fast Company. According to him, success is really more about a resiliency and a love for what you’re doing.
“Others’ opinions don’t matter” Says Greene: “You have to know what makes you different. What you love, what you don’t love.” So when you pour yourself and your energy into something you’re passionate about, it shouldn’t matter what other people think of you. Some of the all-time greats are unique to the point of being weird.
When you do things the same way for too long, it can kill off creativity and the momentum to find new and improved ways of doing things. In almost all fields, the greatest innovators are those who came from outside the industry because they’re able to think differently and aren’t tied down by ‘conventions and dogmas,’ says Greene.
Successful people know exactly when they should change employers, start a company or fold their company. They have good intuition and aren’t afraid to make hard choices, despite opposition.
Steve Jobs was renowned for being a remarkably focused individual. He said: “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.”