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15 Differences Between Ordinary People And Successful People

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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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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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