10 Major Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Differences Successful Unsuccessful People

So, do you dare to be different? Do you dare to dream big, take action, fail, and when people tell you it is impossible to do what you want, are you going to still be holding on?

Here’s what you can do:

  • Holding on to your dream is one of the easiest ways to be different from the rest.
  • Persist until you created the result you want, regardless of the naysayers.
  • Dare to be different, dare to fail, and learn from the experience.
  • It is alright to do something new and fail. Just take it as a lesson and improve from there.

7. Have a Long-Term Vision and Set Goals

Successful people are visionary and they set goals.  And Unsuccessful people don’t know what they want and they don’t set goals. Great leaders and extraordinary people are visionary. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Jack Ma, are all visionaries.

They think far into the future and they have their own thought about the future. If you’re not visionary, don’t worry.

Goal setting is something similar to projecting your thought into the future and dream about what you want to accomplish. This is why a vision board can help. Look at the pictures and practise imagining yourself achieving all the things you want.

Being visionary is a skill. And it simply means that anyone can practice it and become better at it.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Read more books. When you read, you tap into other people’s experiences and thoughts.
  • Venture into other industries and try out new things. Go to a new restaurant and travel to other places you have never been to before.
  • Practice visualization with your vision board.
  • Ask thought-provoking questions such as asking “why not?”

Related: Why You Need to Aim High and Set Big Goals in Everything You Do

8. Something Beyond Money

Successful people focus on something beyond money. Unsuccessful people focus on grinding out all the profits and think about making money all the time.

There’s a meaningful quote from Larry Page, one of the founders from Google that said, “If we were motivated by money, we would have sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach.”

Yes, you definitely need to make money from your business. It’s a business, right? However, there seems to be something bigger than the money that successful people are pursuing.

Extraordinary people seem to focus on creating values to the world and society. At the same time, they love to challenge themselves through their businesses.

They love and are extremely passionate with what they do. This is why they are successful.

On the other hand, most people get it wrong and thought that the number one reason to start a business is that they wanted to make a lot of money.

And when you focus in the profit and neglect the values of your business, it will start to fall.

When You Have the Money, You will be Happy?

Here’s where most people get it wrong:

Most people think that once they have the money, they will be happy.

The real principle should be:

Once you are happy, you will be able to accomplish more and you will have more money.

Most people are not motivated by money. You can’t eat money and you definitely don’t want to sleep with money.

10 Major Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

What you really want are the feelings that you thought you can buy with money. You want to have money to own the luxury car, the bungalow by the sea you want to spend lavishly and you want to dine in the finest restaurant in town.

These are just ‘physical’ items that you want. But deep down within you the real things you want are the feelings. Why do you want to drive the luxury car? Perhaps you want to prove to others that you have done it? Why do you want to live in a big bungalow instead of just a small terrace house? Perhaps you want others to be proud of you and you want to feel good, right?

So, stop focusing on the money. Instead, focus on the inner process and enjoy the moment. Collect moments, not money.

When you do something beyond money, you will have a better chance of success with it.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Find out your passion and follow your passion, not money.
  • Understand that money is just the ‘tool’ that will connect you with what you want. Money is not the end reward you are looking for.
  • Learn to serve society and create value for the world.
  • Donate and contribute to the charity and people in need.

Related: 9 Core Behaviors of People Who Positively Impact the World

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Shawn Lim

Shawn Lim is the founder of StunningMotivation.com and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.View Author posts