There are probably dozens of things about successful people that you already know. The information age has made this very possible that the richest person can easily share his secrets to wealth creation to every single person. If this is the case, why then is it that most people are still living lives that they hate? What explains the fact that a few rich and successful people control over 80% of the world’s resources. Maybe there is more to their successes than you know, right? This is because, success, with no particular respect to a certain field, depends on certain core principles and knowledge that only the successful know.  Here are 15 of them. They don’t just know this stuff, they internalize and act in accordance with what they all require.

15 Things About Successful People You May Not Have Known

  1. They have an Obsession with habits: The habits of the wealthy and successful

Interestingly, the average person doesn’t have any core principles, habits or values they adhere to. The successful and rich are often perceived to be obsessed in an abnormal and even irritating way. It simply drives others crazy. This is because of the successful understand the importance of being obsessed with habits, most of which are very odd. For instance, Mark Zuckerberg wears identical shirts almost all the time. This is actually a habit born of an effort to help him reduce the use of his mental resources on menial things called decision fatigue. Such habits may seem bizarre for someone who doesn’t value.

Let me make it simpler. Each day, we have 100% good decision-making energy. As we make more and more decisions, no matter how small they may be, they are actually sapping from that 100% stock we have. So, using less and less of our decision energy allows us to spend 100% on highly important decisions. The result is that we will eventually begin to make better decisions.

 

Develop the habits of the wealthy. You have the brainpower but develop the habits. – Warren Buffet

 

  1. They avoid distractions to the barest minimum. Our word: Distractions and energy sappers all around.

Our world which is increasingly becoming digital has been designed to get as much attention as possible from us. Most of them require some form of decision making and thinking. For instance, you wake up in the morning and pick up your phone. Immediately, you are hit by thousands of social feed and ads each requiring you to make a decision. News also get shared on such platforms. Most of these are negative. We process about 70,000 thoughts each day. About 80% of them are negative mostly because of what we consume. We are constantly being distracted.

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We process about 70,000 thoughts each day. About 80% of them are negative mostly because of what we consume.

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Also, Successful people don’t waste their time on such things. They have a clear vision and they have a good idea of how each day fits into that vision. Successful people know that their time and energy are very important. As high achievers, they protect their mind from such distractions and focus on only highly productive activities. This is why most successful people have personal assistants and other such employees. They want someone doing mundane things such as booking their appointments so they don’t waste their energy doing them. They’re less productive.

 

  1. Anyone can tell you the risk, a rich and successful person will show you the opportunity and reward

Thirdly, Risk is a part of life. Mark Zuckerberg is known to have said, “The greatest risk you can take is taking no risk at all”. I fully agree with that. Refusing to fight means you have already lost. Risk cannot be avoided entirely in life. Successful people know this which is why they manage and reduce risk instead of avoiding it. They go in or stay out depending on the risk involved but they ultimately take calculated risks.

 

 

  1. They value action. True character is that of action, not talk!

Everyone can talk about how possible it is to take the human race to outer space to live there. Others can tell you the scientific theories to prove this. But only Elon Musk has the guts to actually try doing this. This is the sign pf a true successful person. They have no time with s much talking. They typically spend 10% of their time on the problem and 90% on solving the problem. Successful people know that only their results will be remembered and not their good intentions or words.

 

  1. They care less about opinions. People are going to have a comment regardless, do what you please.

Everyone has opinions. No matter what you do or do not do, someone will have something to say about it. It is human nature. Successful people have learned this the hard way. They know that they don’t need everyone’s approval to do what they want to do. Successful people know they must not take advice from someone whom they wouldn’t want to switch places with.

 

  1. Being short-sighted only brings short term benefits and long-term regrets

Time moves so quickly and wee often lose count until a long period is gone. Thus, is largely because most average people pay more attention to the present and short term than the future. Dubai, in 2017, appointed a minister in charge of Artificial Intelligence (AI). His task is to prepare Dubai to lead technology and to build homes in a full functioning city on Mars with 600,000 inhabitants by 2117 dubbed “Mars 2117”. This is extreme vision. This same vision has elevated Dubai from a poor country to the worlds shopping mall among other amazing achievements.  Successful people have a laser focus on their visions and work hard toward them.

 

  1. The problem is always someone or something else but you

Taking responsibility for everything can be very scary. So many people shun the responsibility and tend to blame failures and errors on others and things but themselves. This actually robs us of our power to act and do things. This is deep-rooted in the fact that once we blame failures on others, it also means we are not responsible for solving the problem. That robs us of real power to change. Successful people take responsibility and know that they are in control of things. They are always in power and do what needs to be done even if they aren’t directly responsible.

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“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

 

  1. Overnight success is decades of work in silence

The microwave mentality has created that instant gratification in most people that they want everything right now. Success takes time. Lasting success takes even more time. Successful people know this and work patiently work for their time to come.

 

“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi

 

 

  1. Successful people go all in or be all out: Don’t be a chameleon

You cannot be cold and warm at the same time. You have to be either of them at each point in time. If you want something, go get it. Otherwise, quit talking about it. If you don’t want it, don’t talk about it either. When risking, they risk it all and they know that when they win, they won big. Acting with such conviction allows you to put your best in what you do because you have put all your eggs in a basket and you cannot afford that basket crashing on anything.

 

  1. Conquer your morning, conquer your day

Does it surprise you that most successful people wake up very early in the day? This is because the morning holds deep secrets to having a great day that no one else but only the person awake at that can see. I would suggest you read the 5 AM club By Robin Sharma. It provides you with useful activities to do in the morning and how to wake up early.

 

  1. They have a strong compelling Focus on obtaining positive results

Results are the only thing which matters in the end. All the magic in the world can be performed but if there are no results to show for it, it is useless. Results could be positive or negative. Negative results even though aren’t preferred can sometimes lead you right to the right formula to obtaining the positive results. Successful people know that no results are bad if you can learn from it.

 

  1. Success is busy: learn to delegate and maintain control over the outcome

You are one person. You definitely cannot do it all. Successful people know to delegate tasks which do not necessarily need them to work on. They do this to a=have more time, energy and mental resources to do more reductive tasks. Delegating also allows you to leverage on the skills and strengths of others since you can’t have it all and you cannot know it all.

 

  1. Successful people have Self-belief

If it was you against the world, I bet you would think hard about joining the world to fight yourself. Self-belief is sometimes very crucial to your survival and even your sanity. Successful have learned that not everyone will understand and not everyone will believe. This is okay since they don’t need everyone’s approval to keep going, they only need theirs. This boils down to their own belief in themselves. Without self-belief that many big company owners had, they would have listened to people and quit. They never quit because they believed so much in what they did that they simply had to see it happen.

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  1. Evolve or die: Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset

Trends change. Technology has further complicated things where trends literally change in a few years when they took decades or even centuries to change in times past. Learning to do things as is currently done means you are equipped with the mindset to evolve. Successful people know that they must keep up the pace and reinvent themselves when changes happen. They have a growth mindset which accepts and adapts to change as compared to a fixed mindset which is the opposite of a growth mentality.

 

  1. High achievers commit to a principle called Kaizen

Kaizen is a Japanese concept which refers to continuous learning and improvement. Successfully based on their growth mindset are always looking for new things, skills and ways to do things. They are ready to learn from anyone and everyone because they know that everyone has something to teach them if they only have a listening ear.

 

Bonus point

  1. Successful people are almost always irrational

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

– Steve Jobs

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15 Things About Successful People You May Not Have Known
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What explains the fact that a few rich and successful people control over 80% of the world’s resources. Maybe there is more to their successes than you know, right? This is because, success, with no particular respect to a certain field, depends on certain core principles and knowledge that only the successful know.
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