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15 Differences Between Ordinary People And Successful People

15 Differences Between Ordinary People And Successful People

It is okay to be ordinary- the vast majority of people are. There are only a handful of billionaires in a world occupied by 7 billion people. What are some of the factors that set these people apart from the pack?

Although you’re not a billionaire, you may find that you possess many aspects of a successful mindset already.

These are some of the differences between the mindsets of ordinary people and the super successful:

1. Ordinary people are stuck with old answers. Successful people ask new questions

Ordinary prefer to live their life the traditional way and repeat the same old processes. For them, it is more secure and comfortable to live this way. But the successful are not satisfied with the status quo. They want to ask new questions and find new answers.

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2. Ordinary people do not set goals. Successful people set realistic goals

Ordinary people often do not see the significance or appeal of setting goals. To them, it really is not that important. But to the successful, goals are compasses that they know will lead them to their desired destination.

3. Ordinary people listen to the opinions of others. Successful people create their own opinions

Ordinary people want to adjust their lives to the standards of others, rather than focus on influencing people with their innovative opinions. Ordinary people think that doing this will make them happy, but successful people are happy with making others adjust to their standards.

4. Ordinary people see failures as the end of the road. Successful people see failures as platforms for growth

No one likes to fail but what differentiates successful people and ordinary people is their attitude towards failure. Ordinary people see it as the end of their plan, because they are not creative enough to reinvent themselves. But successful people see it as a ladder to their next step.

5. Ordinary people do not see the importance of big picture ideas. Successful people cherish these ideas

Ordinary people think hard work is all they need to do to be successful, but successful people know the importance of big picture ideas. They know that these seemingly outlandish ideas could actually generate huge success.

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6. Ordinary people do not value their time. Successful people maximize their time

Ordinary people do not understand how they can make the most of their time and worry about what they are missing out on. Successful people are organised, focused, and do more with the time that they have.

7. Ordinary people see money as evil. Successful people see money as a tool to get what they want

Ordinary people think that those who are successful are either lucky or dishonest, while successful people understand that money will offer them more options in life.

8. Ordinary people make wishes. Successful people act

Ordinary people gamble and hope the government, a spouse, or a boss will change their fortune. But successful people do not wait for things to happen, they make it happen.

9. Ordinary people live for money. Successful people live for their passion

Ordinary people work because of money, but successful people work because of the passion that drives them.

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10. Ordinary people have ordinary expectations. Successful people dream big

Ordinary people have low or average expectations of their lives. On the other hand, successful people believe nothing is impossible and they dream big.

11. Ordinary people live above their means. Rich people live below their means

Ordinary people want everything to be good all at once and struggle with delayed gratification. But successful people know why they have to wait, and they save and invest to make more money.

12.Ordinary people play it safe. Successful people can take risks

Ordinary people understand that by being safe you can protect your wealth, but successful people know that wealth can be attained by taking certain thoughtful risks.

13. Ordinary people believe you cannot have it all. Successful people believe you can have it all

Ordinary people are always playing the victim and claiming you cannot have good things across all the domains of your life. But successful people know you can have wealth, a great family, great health, and a great career.

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14. Ordinary people believe in formal education. Successful people know that education is unending

Ordinary people think the best and only education is in a four-walled institution, but successful people understand that education is unending and you have to keep on learning every day.

15. Ordinary people have a poor attitude. Successful people have a rich attitude

Ordinary people often blame others when their perseverance and determination fall short. But successful people are always working on having a positive attitude, developing their character, and acting in a manner that aligns with their values.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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