So, you want to be successful? Then you will have to study what successful people did and replicate their results. This is why it is important to find out what are the major differences between successful and unsuccessful people.
You want to do more of what will make you successful, and at the same time, do less of what make you unsuccessful.
Think about it as hiking a mountain. Take a look at this picture below:
Imagine you are the person in the picture. Well, to get to the submit, there are 2 options for you to follow:
- Follow the trail, or
- Go your own way.
What would you do? Are you going to follow the trail that people who have submitted the mountain left behind, or are you going to create your own path?
The answer is obvious, isn’t it?
No matter what you want to achieve in life, someone has done it. And that means, you can study what that person did and follow his footsteps. Do what works and abandon what doesn’t work. The same principle applies when it comes to achieving the success you want in life.
This is why you want to study successful people and understand what they have done that got them the amazing results, so that you can replicate and create something similar or even better.
Below are the 10 major differences between successful and unsuccessful people. Do what successful people do and you will eventually produce the same results as them.
1. What They Think and Talk About Most of the Time
One of the biggest differences between great people and ordinary people is what they think and talk about most of the time.
Do you know what successful people think and talk about most of the time? They think about success, they talk about their dreams, they discuss about their business and how they can get there.
On the other hand, unsuccessful people will spend most of their time thinking about what games to play, what to do tonight, they discuss about the latest movie to watch, they talk about other people and wonder why others are lucky to be successful.
You Are What You Think and Talk about Most of the Time
So, what do you think and talk about most of the time? You know your answer.
Your thinking will affect your result. What you think MATTERS!
Two persons work in the same industry at the same job in a different company. Both are working hard but their bosses are mean and always scold them.
They both recall what their father used to tell them, “It’s just work and to put food on the table anyway.”
So the first person follows through and continues to work hard despite having a mean boss. This is because to him, it is just work and to put food on the table, so he can take it.
The second person thinks differently. He tells himself that it’s just work and to put food on the table. He can survive even without the job and he can still put food on the table working on other things.
So after 5 years, the first person still works in the same place and in the same job. The second person started his own business and changed his life from the inside out.
The story above shows that your thinking does matter.
You are who you think you are. And you will become what you think about most of the time.
Make It A Commitment
When you are 100% committed to success, you will think about it all the time. You will talk about it all the time and you will take action and do something to achieve it. When you are committed, you will do whatever it takes. You will force yourself to think about your goals and talk about your dreams.
You can greatly increase your chances to create a new thinking pattern that support your success. This is why people write down their goals often, they use vision boards to remind themselves about their goals and dreams, they read about success, they use affirmations and declarations to create a new set of thinking and of course, they take action to align their thinking and their lives.
Here’s what you can do:
- Set goals. Write your goals every day and review them daily.
- Create a vision board. Look into the board and use your imagination to visualize your success every day.
- Create your affirmations or declarations.
- Mix with the right group of people who will always support you and talk about great things.
2. How They Perceive Responsibility
One of the most important keys to success is none other than taking full responsibility for what happens in your life. If you read The Success Principles written by Jack Canfield, by the way, it is an amazing book I strongly recommend you read, you will understand why taking 100% responsibility is the ultimate key to success.
Successful people take responsibility for their life and unsuccessful people always blame, give excuses and complain.
When you are taking responsibility for your life, you are in control.
For example, what would you say when your business is not doing well in a tough economy?