Successful People And Unsuccessful People: 7 Important Differences

We compare the habits and personalities of people who succeed … and those who don’t.

We have all come across people who have something special, people who, whatever they do, are capable of giving the best of themselves, face challenges and amplify the possibilities of success in everything they touch.

Success and failure: concepts to clarify

No matter what profession or sector we are developing our activity in, everywhere we can distinguish between people who achieve their goals, and others who do not. Obviously, when we talk about success or failure, it is necessary to clarify that each person has their own standards on what it is that defines both concepts. From the most purely material issues (job success, good pay, comfortable life …) to issues related to emotions and the feeling of generativity ( subjective degree of happiness, the level of affection towards the job that one performs …), all of them they are essential parts of what we understand by success, at a generic level.

This means that there is a clearly visible part of success, while there are other elements, equally or more important, that remain hidden and that are only understood from the subjectivity and scale of values ​​of each person. In any event, each of us places relative importance on these factors.

In search of success: the importance of attitude

As we said, however we value what elements constitute what we understand as success, there are people who come close to this ideal and manage to develop their skills and abilities, while others are not so lucky. Success, to a large extent, depends on how we approach the day to day. The attitude, the tenacity, the commitment and the capacity for sacrifice usually make the difference between the people who manage to achieve their goals (not only at a professional level, eye) and those who do not.

It is not important in ‘what’, but the ‘how’. Here we have to highlight, from the outset, a common point between the people who manage to be successful. It’s not about the talent or ability we possess (which of course also plays a role), but about work ethic, attitude, discipline, and the ability to persevere despite difficulties.

Attract success

Some people believe that  they have no control over their life, and therefore also over their personal and professional success. This is a mistake. Success does not come by magic or by mere luck. If you stop to think about the known people who have managed to be successful, you will perceive that they all have a series of similar values ​​and habits.  

It is these habits and beliefs that allow them to thrive and eventually find that four leaf clover that gives their career a definite boost. Therefore, they are not passive people, but are those who work incessantly at what they love, until their effort ends up materializing.

The 7 Habits That Can Help You Succeed In Life

In this post we are going to reflect on the seven habits that successful people make differently from people, let’s say, with less success. If you are able to incorporate these tips into your personal and work life, it is likely that you will start to go in the right direction.

Keep in mind that all these skills are trainable and can be improved: no one is born a winner, but circumstances and our mentality are the ones that guide us towards success or failure.

1. Pursue your passion and dedicate yourself body and soul to it

If you want to stand out at something, love it. If what you do does not convince you, do not insist: you are not on the right track. Successful people have in common the way they love and are passionate about what they do. When your passion also becomes your way of making a living, success is (almost) assured.

2. Leave passivity behind and learn to make your own decisions

A common trait of people who manage to reach their goals is their determination. In addition, they are not only brave and make decisions autonomously, but they are usually quite skillful when it comes to doing so. The great opportunities in life do not knock twice on the door, so you have to know how to detect them and get on the winning train. Successful people often get it right.

3. Focus and train

Successful people are true gurus of what they do. We cannot get to know a thousand things at the same time, it is better that we only delve into the field in which we want to specialize. This does not mean that you should not satisfy your curiosity with everything that generates concern, but it is important that you are a true expert in the area in which you want to develop your skills.

4. Surround yourself with positive people with clear ideas

Let’s not forget: surrounding yourself with positive people makes us positive people. It seems obvious but it should be kept in mind. If we surround ourselves with negative people and without ideas, it is also likely that we will get that bad attitude. If you live and deal with different people from each other but with the common denominator of being restless, active and determined, surely you can learn a lot from them. In addition, surrounding yourself with friends and colleagues with clear ideas will help you to have enough support to carry out projects. Materializing great ideas into profitable businesses also consists of forming cohesive work teams where each member specializes in a specific aspect. Union make force!

5. Trust your possibilities and your dreams

It is inevitable to refer to the potential of positive thinking. It is a cliché, but people who succeed in life are able to glimpse success long before it occurs. They are a bit visionary. They may not be 100% sure that their project will culminate in resounding success, but they do not lose hope and continue to work day by day. In the end, constancy and persistence have a reward.

6. Excellence is not an option, but an obligation

Settling for a moderately good result is not like a successful person. If you want to stand out in your sector, you have to overcome the good and achieve excellence. There is no better way to make a name for yourself than to take care of the details and give the best of your possibilities on each work day. If your work ethic is good but not great, consider how this can affect you in the medium and long term. The people who achieve excellence are the ones who dedicate a lot of effort to it, nothing comes by chance.

7. Live a healthy life and have healthy habits

Be careful, not everything in this life is piecework. In fact, such a focused attitude is very counterproductive if your goal is to become very good in your field. People who achieve their goals know the critical importance of recharging batteries and having space for leisure, relaxation and hobbies. We need these moments of peace and quiet so that our mind can restructure all the information and stimuli it receives during the working days. It is therefore necessary that we become  aware of the vitality of eating correctly, going for a walk, doing a little physical exercise, meditating, reading… and even simply lying on the sofa doing absolutely nothing.

Can you think of other habits that make a difference?

If other habits or characteristics of successful people that have not been named throughout this post come to mind, I invite you to leave us a comment, just below these lines.

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