How do you define success as it applies to you and your career?
The answer is different for everyone. However, there are certain common traits that make people successful. Here are four of them:
Your success is unique to you.
You may see success as a six-figure salary, an impressive job title, the right lifestyle – or a combination of all three. Regardless of what your picture of success looks like, don’t copy off someone else’s paper. Make it yours alone.
- The literal definition of “success” is the achievement of a goal or objective. You can’t be successful if you let go of what you really want.
- When it comes to lifestyle, pay particular attention to the word “right.” Speaking of definitions, that doesn’t mean the same thing as “extravagant.” Unless you want it to.
You have to work to succeed.
Success is unattainable without hard work. And, occasional failures are inevitable.
- Don’t let setbacks stop you. Instead, learn from them – every single one of them. Mistakes teach you to clarify what you really want and how you want to live.
- If success was free, everyone would have it. Hard work builds discipline and ultimately, confidence and self-esteem. It makes you realize who you have to turn into in order to live your desired life.
Surround yourself with talented people.
No one can be successful alone. You will always need to have someone helping you along the way. So, surround yourself with good, talented friends and colleagues.
- Make sure those in your inner circle understand and support your definition of success. You should work seamlessly as a team, offering one another mutual support and honesty. You should be able to learn from one another – and at the same time, relax and enjoy the experience.
- Seek out those who know a little bit more than you do. They’ll help you find a better way to do what you’re already doing – and make your path to success that much shorter and smoother.
Listen to others – and learn from their advice.
Continuously and consistently learning from others – as well as from your professional and life experiences – underlines your dedication to success.
- Simply asking for help isn’t enough. You must take advice to heart and always remain open to new ideas, suggestions and perspectives.