I can’t tell you how many books that I have read written by people who have achieved success, the success that I look to achieve both in life and with regard to my business. I live my life by this golden rule “Do as the Successful”. I have connected with countless mentors and partners who have achieved some of the success I long for. Having a good pool of successful people in your immediate circle can do marvels in so many unimaginable ways.
Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of characteristics that successful people share. Most of these characteristics can be learned and practiced and developed into a winning attitude. So if you want to achieve the success you long for then take a look at these 10 characteristics that you should develop in order to join the ranks of the successful.
- The successful take what they do seriously
How can you expect to be successful in life and in business if you don’t first believe in yourself or your business? Far too many people fail to take their own businesses seriously enough, getting easily sidetracked and not staying motivated. They fall prey to naysayers and let their thoughts and comments overtake them. If you believe in yourself you have begun to win half the battle.
- The successful plan everything
As the saying goes “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Planning every aspect of your life of business is a must. The act of planning is so important because it requires you to analyze the situation, research and make tangible conclusions. Your plan should take you from point A to Z or be like a yardstick that measures your success.
- The successful manage money wisely.
Many successful develop great money habits like setting budgets and tracing their spending. How can you know if your finances are in order if you have no way of measuring or tracking the money spend or receive. In order to be successful you have to become a wise money manager.
- The successful become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious).
One of the greatest myths about personal or business success is that eventually your business, personal abilities, products or services will get discovered and be embraced by the masses who will beat a path to your door. But how can this happen if no one knows who you are, what you sell and why they should be buying?
Self-promotion is one of the most beneficial, yet most underutilized, marketing tools that the majority of people have at their immediate disposal.
- The successful project a positive image
You have but a passing moment to make a positive and memorable impression on people with whom you intend to do business with. People should go out of their way and to make a conscious effort to always project the most professional image possible. A positive image can help to establish you as a leader in your own regard.
- The successful try to become known as an expert
When you have a problem that needs to be solved, do you seek just anyone’s advice or do you seek an expert in the field to help solve your particular problem? You want the most accurate information and assistance that you can get. You seek an expert to help solve your problem. You call a plumber when the hot water tank leaks, a real estate agent when it’s time to sell your home or a dentist when you have a toothache. Therefore, the more you become known for your expertise, the more people will seek you out to tap into your expertise, creating more opportunities.
- The successful Invest in themselves.
Most successful people buy and read business and marketing books, magazines, reports, journals, newsletters, websites and industry publications, knowing that these resources will improve their understanding and skills. They join business associations and clubs, and they network with other skilled business people to learn their secrets of success and help define their own goals and objectives. Successful people attend business and marketing seminars, workshops and training courses, even if they have already mastered the subject matter of the event. They do this because they know that education is an ongoing process. There are usually ways to do things better, in less time, with less effort. In short, they never stop investing in the most powerful, tool at their immediate disposal–themselves.
- Successful People Build a rock-solid reputation.
A good reputation is unquestionably one of the most tangible and marketable assets. You can’t simply buy a good reputation; it’s something that you earn by honoring your promises. If you promise to have the merchandise in the customer’s hands by Wednesday, you have no excuse not to have it there. If you offer to repair something, you need to make good on your offer. Consistency in what you offer is the other key factor. If you cannot come through with the same level of service on a regular basis, people have no reason to trust you . . . and without trust, you won’t have a good reputation.
- Successful Get involved.
Always go out of your way to get involved in the community that supports you and your business. You can do this in many ways, such as pitching in to help local charities or the food bank, becoming involved in organizing community events, and getting involved in local politics. You can join associations and clubs that concentrate on programs and policies designed to improve the local community. It’s a fact that people like to do business with people they know, like and respect, and with people who do things to help them as members of the community.
- Successful people Follow-up constantly.
Constant contact, follow-up, and follow-through with customers, prospects, and business alliances should be the mantra of every home business owner, new or established. Constant and consistent follow-up enables you to turn prospects into customers, increase the value of each sale and buying frequency from existing customers, and build stronger business relationships with suppliers and your core business team. Follow-up is especially important with your existing customer base, as the real work begins after the sale. It’s easy to sell one product or service, but it takes work to retain customers and keep them coming back.
Jacqueline Morgan is an advocate for business success. As a business leader I strongly believe in tapping into the power of your potential. As President of J Morgan Designs and Consulting, she can help your business to strive in both the real world and online.