Becoming successful in business doesn’t just happen. There’s also no such thing as an overnight success. Now, this doesn’t apply if you are talking about winning the lottery. We are talking about sustained effort over time and being successful repeatedly.
It takes some business owners years or even decades to become a millionaire. Don’t buy into the logic that these people are lucky, fortunate or had a leg up. It’s more likely none of those things were in their favor.
It is more likely that these people worked hard for long hours, days and weeks. They did things that others were not willing to do. Their reward, for this sustained effort, paid off over time.
We’d like to share some common traits many, if not most, millionaires have in common.
There are countless examples of successful people talking about getting up early to get ahead. Many of them rise early, often at 5 a.m. or even earlier. They might start their day with a workout to get rolling. They tend to set an agenda for the day and get important calls knocked out or at least scheduled before many even take their morning shower. If you can adopt an early riser mentality, you will be ahead of the curve.
Most leaders are readers
National Agents Alliance President and CEO Andy Albright says being a lifelong learner is critical in being successful. You have to sharpen the saw to keep sawing wood. Leadership books and biographies about successful people are great ways to keep learning. Listening to audio books and leadership talks is another good way to keep learning.
Start sneaking in 10 to 20 pages of reading a day and see if you don’t learn something new each day. Also, you can share what you learn with colleagues, friends and family.
Hard work often beats talent
Working for your dreams and goals is never easy. You have to be willing to invest and work for what you truly want in life. You have to be willing to give up some things to get better things. This might mean missing television or sleeping less to work more. You have to decide what you are willing to give up in order to get something you want more. Making the most of the 24 hours you are given daily is key. Working while you have time to get things done will make all the difference in getting tasks achieved.
Decide what you want NOW
Most great leaders and successful people have a clear goal in mind and they focus on doing things that get them to that goal. They put deadlines on what they want. They do this daily, weekly and for long-term goals. Andy Albright uses “whitesheeting” to set goal and action steps for what he wants to achieve. Don’t be afraid to write it down. When you write it down, you are more likely to hit your goals. Anybody can think about a goal; take action!
Take a few minutes today to write down some of your goals and what you can do to set your plan in motion.
These are just a few suggestions we have to help you become more successful. We hope this will help you as you try to build a successful career.