When we last came together, we looked at the mindset or world view that affects how we operate in the world. Today I want to look at attitude. But to start off, I want to set the record right. Many people believe that the successful people of the world have some special giftedness or education that we either don’t have or it is simply unattainable for us. The truth is far removed from that myth. Lets have a look at some of them:
Sir Richard Branson – You all know him of course. The billionaire founder of Virgin, Virgin Records, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Mobile, and many more. He dropped out of high school at 16. He also suffers from dyslexia.
Ray Kroc – Ray is the founder of McDonaldʼs. He dropped out of high school at 15 yet when he died he was worth 500 million dollars.
Steve Jobs – As a child he was adopted. As a young man just out of his teens he founded Apple, NeXT and Pixar. He completed high school but dropped out of college.
Ingvar Kamprad – Ingvar is the founder of IKEA. he is one of the richest people in the world. He too is dyslexic and he never went to college.
Nick Vujicic – Nick is an amazing 28-year-old Aussie. He was born without arms or legs but has what he calls his chicken wing foot and he is now an Internationally Successful Inspirational Speaker.
Oprah Winfrey – Oprah was born to a single teenage mum. As a young girl she was sexually abused. She grew up in a poor background and neighborhood. Yet Oprah is the most successful woman in America worth billions.
Coco Chanel -Coco is the founder of fashion brand and perfume Chanel. Her mother died when she was just a young girl. Her father left the family when she was young and as a result she grew up in an orphanage.
Simon Cowell – Simon is the well known TV producer, music judge, Owner of the American Idol brand (and its spin-offs around the world), The X Factor, and Britainʼs Got Talent. He is a multi multimillionaire. He too dropped out of high school.
Dustin Moskovitz – Dustin is the multi-millionaire co-founder of Facebook. Despite what many people regard as harsh treatment from his co founder, he has continued to grow his considerable fortune. He dropped out of Harvard.
Joyce C. Hall -Joyce is the founder of Hallmark. He started selling greeting cards at the age of 18 while living at a YMCA .At no time did Joyce attend any college.
Frank Lloyd Wright -Frank is undoubtedly the most influential Architect of the twentieth century. Despite his amazing success story he never attended high school!
Walt Disney – Of course everybody knows Walt. He is the founder of the Walt Disney Company. What many do not know is that he dropped out of high school at 16.
Well it’s pretty obvious to anyone that a good education and background are not sacrosanct to being successful. I am not in any way saying that education is irrelevant and should be discouraged. But a lack of education, or a poor and difficult situation should not be seen as necessarily life defining. These people, and there are hundreds of thousands more like them, come from all walks of life and are involved in industries and activities right across the board. What is very interesting, is that when we study the nature and character, the personality and traits of these people we will readily see some common characteristics. Below are just eight of the reasons. They are in no particular order of merit as to why the successful are so successful.
1. Successful people never allow themselves to be a victim of their circumstances. For them their adverse circumstances are used as a base to build from. They don’t believe that what circumstances they were born into, what traumas they have had to endure or even find themselves in now that define their success, but it is how they handle those circumstances that really matters and defines them as a success.
2. Successful people see failure as just a part of being successful. Every one of them regard failure as a learning experience and not something to be afraid of or to stop them moving forward. They don’t think a great deal about failure and they’re certainly not expecting failure, but they are accepting of failure when it does come and with that acceptance comes the learning experience. What they do then is to take what they have learnt and actively and consciously incorporate it into their plans, or Mindset.
3. Successful people rarely take No for an answer. They are determined to finish the race and they don’t give up. They make the decision to go in a certain direction and have the resolve to follow through. They often have a dream and they live that dream. They do not let problems or the negative ideas of others get in their way.They show persistence and tenacity.
4. Successful people have developed the habit of focus and they focus on what they want. They fully understand that their thoughts lead to their emotions and that these emotions then lead on to their behavior and actions. They are completely aware that it is their behavior and actions that lead to their results. As a result, they understand that if they focus on what they want and bring that into their conscious awareness then that will become their reality. This ability to be absolutely consciously aware and to think about thinking is a major asset to successful people.
5. Successful people have big goals and envision a well defined outcome. Big goals ignite the spark of enthusiasm. They provide the energy that makes them easier to accomplish. Their goals or dreams are specific in nature and time, they are positive, and they have a clearly defined outcome. They live life as if the dream is already theirs. They are grateful for it, enjoy the knowledge that it is already theirs and that it is just waiting to step into their reality.
6. Successful people are flexible. They are at ease and comfortable in the chaos going on around them and they have the developed ability to handle uncertainty. They are adaptable to the circumstances confronting them. They often see opportunities where others are blind to them. Flexibility is a fine art. It is an attitude to see all the options from different perspectives and to change oneʼs road if a more effective one becomes available. If the path is blocked by an insurmountable wall, they can find an alternative road to travel so that they find a way around the wall instead.
7. Successful people are always prepared to have a go at challenging the system. They are even audacious in their challenge. The status quo is not for them. They are prepared to take a risk and relish the opportunity. They see the opportunities and instead of listing all the reasons why not to do, they find reasons to do. They act……. they do……… they have a go………and whether it is a success or failure, they know it will benefit them and therefore the risk is worth the reward. They work from the premise I can rather than I canʼt. There is no such word as Canʼt in their vocabulary is there? Successful people simply always find a solution.
8. Successful people do the things that others don’t want to do. I’ve mentioned this before but it is one of their traits. Not for them the concentration on just pleasant activities. Their interest is in the outcomes of their activities. They have their big goals and grand visions that are larger than their activities whereas unsuccessful people have small goals and visions which aren’t big enough to inspire them to do the things that don’t appeal to them.
The eight reasons I have stated above are just a part of the picture of becoming successful, financially independent and leading the ultimate life. They are just a handful of the attitudes needed to overcome our innate inertia. We all have the ability to be successful. Sometimes it is nothing more than a case of knowing how to and investing in ourselves to learn how to implement strategies. It is a sad fact that we were never taught any of this at school or college.
If you are looking for more inspirational material, it is well worth your while to have a look at Helen Denney-Stone’s website http://www.binspired2.com.au. Much of the material for this particular blog was inspired by her site.
Until next time, have a great Christmas, love each other wastefully and set yourself on to the path of finding your abundance and success.