The following list is courtesy of Buzz Williams and coachbuzzwilliams.com.
1. THEY GO TO WORK TO PROSPER, NOT JUST TO WORK
Those who are more successful go to work to get something accomplished. They work to make their dreams a reality, not just to get their eight hours in. They have a drive, even a greediness or self-centered push to get something done. There are millions of people who go to work every day, yet few put themselves in a position or mindset to prosper. Unsuccessful people approach their work with a more limiting mindset. They often refer to work in a negative way. For example, they’ll say “the daily grind” or “my life as a drone”. They typically complain as opposed to looking at work as a means to an end, to create a life of abundance.
2. THEY EXERCISE INCREDIBLE DRIVE
The most successful people I know are driven, and they push and shove until the job is done and targets are hit, and then they go again. They’ve been able to stay focused on getting results. They keep doing the hard things long after others are only doing what’s comfortable. Unsuccessful people appear to spend a lot of time in emotions and considerations that cause them to stop or settle and then rationalize how these feelings should be satisfied. What they don’t seem to understand is this mechanism of drive is a muscle that can be developed by practicing non-conformance with society’s definitions of success.
3. THEY NEVER MAKE EXCUSES
Regardless of how many excuses they make, successful people know that it will not change the outcome. Even justified excuses will not make a project or person successful. When things go wrong, the successful person sees it as an opportunity, not an insurmountable hurdle. Unsuccessful people spend a lot of energy and time making excuses, blaming the economy, the customer, the prices or competition. Even if the “excuses” are all true, it won’t improve the outcome, and successful people know this. No matter how justified you are, never make an excuse for any outcome.
4. THEY FOCUS ON THEIR DAILY GOALS
Successful people are always focused on success. For instance, the first thing I do every morning is write down my goals–I’ve been doing this for years. It’s my experience that if I can stay focused on what I want, I will get it no matter how absurd the goal. Make the things you want and haven’t yet accomplished so real in your mind that they become real in your world.
5. THEY ARE WILLING TO FAIL
The old saying, “no rush, no reward” really applies to those who are successful. These people go for it almost with a willingness to fail. At some point in life, you’ll have to go for it or you’ll live the rest of your life regretting not dong so. Unsuccessful people play it safe. They don’t speak up or offer ideas because they operate from a place of fear. They’re afraid to fail. Never be afraid of failure because behind every mistake is an opportunity to learn.
Begin to willingly do these five things, and you’ll soon see how things change for the better in your business and life. Because doing what others refuse to do will give you the edge you need to find the success you want.