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Last Updated on November 27, 2020

15 Characteristics of High Achievers You Need to Know

15 Characteristics of High Achievers You Need to Know

Looking at a high achiever or someone successful in life, you may always think, “I wish I could be like that!” But little do you know about the person’s struggle to achieving all that and more. High achievers have many characteristics that help them attain everything they want — it isn’t based on luck. So, find out what they are below to become a part of the club!

1. Action-Oriented

The people who wish to achieve something are always action-oriented. When they feel like work needs to be done, they do it without asking too many questions and ensure that the work is done on time.[1]

Driven by the outcome and the determination always to keep moving, high achievers try to figure out all the possible solutions for their work beforehand. They may not ever get it right, but they will keep trying until they do.

2. Optimistic

Optimism has a lot to do with how you perceive the world.

For high achievers, optimism comes naturally. They focus on what is good and offer good vibes in return. Being optimistic leads to a better mindset that everyone needs to fulfill their goals.

If you are always pessimistic, then you’ll restrict yourself from achieving everything you can. By remembering that you are not your negative thoughts and taking up a more positive outlook on life and everything involved, you will be set to achieve anything.[2]

3. Visionary

High achievers create a plan for long-term goals and focus on it. You will find them going back and forth from the present to their planned future quickly.

It is easy to do this because of their well-drafted plans. With clarity and focus, you can also envision yourself doing different things in life and work towards them.

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4. Output-Focused

While every action doesn’t result in a great outcome, high achievers will continue to strive for an improved focal point. By focusing on that, you can streamline the process to make things easier for yourself. That’s the only way to find clarity.

If you’re unsure about what you want from life, then you will be confused for years.[3] High achievers have their lives figured out mainly because they are output-driven. So, it is time to start focusing on the output you are producing.

5. Clutter-Free

High achievers make sure that both their homes and brains are clutter-free. Living in a messy surrounding lowers productivity, and that ultimately affects your ability to achieve your goals.

If you want to become a high achiever, clean your surroundings all the time. By living a clutter-free life, you feel more organized and productive.

6. Flexible

When you aspire to achieve incredible things, then you must be open to all sorts of change. Your life will not always be simple, and you are bound to experience many changes. Besides, high achievers are flexible enough to adapt to any environment.

By doing so, you can work towards your success in any condition possible. Try different things and test yourself in various situations to realize how to walk out of them with your goals achieved.

7. Accepting

With a positive mindset, high achievers also make sure that they are future-centered. Though they don’t forget the ups and downs in their past lives, they accept things and move forward.

If you’re bogged down with previous experiences, you’re letting memories consume too much of your time.

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Rather than revisiting history frequently, you need to face your issues head-on. Accept what already happened and then move past it.

8. Go-Getter

There is no stopping for high achievers. They deal with exponential growth because they do not like being slowed down!

Working on improving yourself in different dimensions helps ensure that you are growing.

Self-development is essential. You should always learn how to do that to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.

9. Opportunity Seeker

If you ever wonder how someone gets from the lower level of the hierarchy up to the top, it is all because of their attitude towards opportunities.

Never underestimate what the world has to offer you. Be keen on availing different chances since you never know how they can benefit you.

High achievers are always on a lookout for new and better opportunities for themselves, and you need to follow their lead!

10. Lack of Comparisons

When it comes to achieving goals, it is best to avoid comparing yourself to others. Doing so will only put you down instead of lifting your spirits. After all, you will feel incompetent and not good enough.

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Don’t compete with others’ achievements but focus on your growth. High achievers only compare the current version of themselves to the old ones to how far they have come.

11. Disciplined

An essential thing that almost every high achiever focuses on is self-discipline. It doesn’t mean that they don’t know how to have fun. In truth, they do, but it’s in a more balanced way.

Practice moderation, and stay disciplined. Set your daily routine and avoid wasting your time for pointless activities too frequently. Otherwise, your life can get messy in more ways than one.

Here’s an interesting read for you: 5 Daily Habits Of High Achievers

12. Eager to Learn

Learning is a part of life that high achievers always want to make the most of. They never say no to learning new things, considering it helps them grow as a person and gain different skills.

Learning proves to be beneficial for anyone who wishes to expand their thinking. It will also allow you to focus on achieving your goals.

13. Doer

One of the main issues that people face is procrastination. They use it as an excuse for everything.

High achievers, on the other hand, don’t fall prey to this notion and do their work earlier than anyone else.

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You can become a doer by making up your mind about your goal of becoming a high achiever. Focus on why you should do your work and find the motivation to start at the right time.

14. Intrinsically Motivated

When it comes to motivation, high achievers are motivated from within. They have goals set and think of how they can achieve them. No one else is encouraging them to do anything other than themselves.

Find your motivation by thinking about the things you wish to achieve. Let me reiterate: there’s no better person to motivate you but yourself!

Dig deep and think about what you have always wanted to do and create a path of your own.

15. Helpful

If you assume that high achievers only work for themselves, you’re wrong. Since they focus on the outcome, they excel in providing incredible products or services to others.

Moreover, high achievers also create opportunities for people who wish to excel in life. With their motivation to do better, they aim to help other individuals along the way.

So, no, high achievers are working for themselves alone. They act like a boomerang for the community as they come full circle.

Final Thoughts

High achievers create a successful life for themselves — it isn’t handed to them on a silver platter.

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It is up to you to mold your personality accordingly. Take small steps and incorporate these characteristics into your life to become a high achiever.

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10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.

While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. — Henry Ford

Here are 10 famous failures to success stories around the world that will inspire you to keep going and achieve greatness:

    1. J.K. Rowling

      During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure.[1]

      Why? Simply because she was once a failure too.

      A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words,

      “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

      Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.

      2. Steve Jobs

        The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

        Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began.

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        The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at AppleJobs said in 2005:

        “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

        Lost your job today? Keep kicking and you could be just like this guy!

        3. Bill Gates
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          Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.[2]

          However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

          In his own words:

          “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

          This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.

          If you haven’t found your passion like Bill Gates, this will help you:

          How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

          4. Albert Einstein

            The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

            His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that:

            “Success is failure in progress.”

            To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.

            Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.

            5. Abraham Lincoln

              Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

              In this great man’s words:

              “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

              Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

              The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.

              6. Michael Jordan

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                “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

                This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

                It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years,  basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.

                Michael Jordan’s success all came down to his Intrinsic Motivation, one of the most invincible types of motivation that drives people to succeed.

                7. Steven Spielberg

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                  Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name. It is surprising to realize therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.

                  While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969. This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.

                  Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all.

                  “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

                  Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.

                  To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.

                  8. Walt Disney

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                    Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army.[3] One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

                    Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.

                    The logic behind this is simple:

                    “We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

                    9. Vincent Van Gogh

                      During his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.

                      He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.

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                      He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived.

                      He would never know that he became a hot topic in art classes and his image was going to be used in TV, books and other forms of popular culture.

                      In the words of this great, but tragic man:

                      “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

                      10. Stephen King

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                        As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.[4]

                        An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.

                        These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. And that’s why he said:

                        “We make up horros to help us cope with the real ones.”

                        Writing became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.

                        Fail More Often in Order to Succeed

                        Like Albert Einstein said, failure really is just success in progress. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.

                        Success comes from moments of frustrations when you’ll be most uncomfortable with. But after you’ve gone through all those bitter times, you’ll become stronger and you’ll get closer to success.

                        If you feel like a failure and think that you’ve failed all too many times, it’s not too late to change things up! Here’s how to turn your limitations into your opportunities:

                        Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start failing, and start failing often; that’s how you will succeed.

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