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30 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Going To Be Highly Successful

30 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Going To Be Highly Successful

We all wanted to be the successful people we see in magazines, in newspapers, and on the internet. What qualities do these successful people possess that bring them to their success? All successful people have a set of characteristics and threads that enable them to succeed.

Here are 30 signs that show you are going to be highly successful:

1. You can adapt to change.

There will be times when you know you have to change, in order to move forward when things are not working as well as they use to. You are not affected negatively by any changes that come your way, instead you adapt to the change and are flexible about it.

2. You are not one to complain.

You recognize that complaining is energy draining and it does not bring you to accomplishing any productive solutions in your situation. You choose to focus on resolving the problem instead.

3. You spend your time productively.

You manage your time properly and you are always on time in your meetings and appointments. You plan your time productively so that you can utilize it effectively to accomplish your goals.

4. You are self motivated.

You constantly take action and take initiatives without having to be pushed by others.

5. You never hesitate to do more.

You are willing to do more than the job you have been given. You know that doing more is an opportunity for you to practice more, and also a way to build your reputation.

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6. You are willing to help others.

You understand that everybody needed help at some point. As long as you are able, you are willing to lend a helping hand to others.

7. You forgive.

You do not hold grudges or resent the people who have hurt you in the past. You take the experience as a lesson to be learned and thank them for making you a stronger person.

8. You are happy with the success of others.

You are happy to celebrate their accomplishments. It is a motivator for you.

9. You take every obstacle as a learning opportunity.

You grab the opportunity to learn whenever you face a challenge, because you know that you will gain something from it.

10. You love being around successful people.

You like hanging with successful people — they inspire you and you can gain insight from them.

11. You love unconditionally.

You love to give and you love with no boundary. You know that loving unconditionally is the key to true happiness. You are the happiest when the people you love are happy.

12. You take on responsibilities and never blame.

You recognize that blaming means you are not in control of your situation, so you choose to take control by being responsible for your situation instead.

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13. You love learning new things.

Learning is always one of your top priorities. You know that continually gaining knowledge and information is crucial in order to be up to date in today’s society, so you will never be clueless about what is going on around you.

14. You are curious about other people.

You like to get to know others, as you know that you can always learn from their experiences and gain knowledge from them.

15. You always aim to do better.

You always look towards becoming better at what you do, so you are excited to improve yourself at any given chance.

16. You are willing to let go.

You know that dwelling in the past is unproductive so you let go of what you can’t change, and change what you are able.

17. You are fearless.

You understand that fear is a choice, and you refuse to let fear drag you down. Instead, you choose to be strong and overcome your fear with strength and positivity.

18. You question what you don’t know.

You ask when you are not certain about something. You don’t just leave the question unsolved and slips away, instead you will ask someone who has the information or you will look up the information yourself.

19. You see things in a few different perspectives.

You come out with a few different perspectives to resolve your issue. You are not stuck with one perspective, because you know that in order to resolve your issue, you need to see things in a few different directions so that you can have a clearer view of where you are standing and where you can go.

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20. You work well with others.

You love working with others, and are cooperative. You know the importance of support when accomplishing bigger goals.

21. You are passionate about your pursuits.

You love what you do, and you enjoy every moment you spend working on your pursuit.

22. You understand your strengths and weaknesses.

You recognize what you are good at and polish your strengths. You acknowledge your weaknesses and work to improve them.

23. You acknowledge your mistakes.

You are willing to admit to your fault, and you work harder to be better the next time.

24. You understand the pain of others.

You are compassionate to their suffering. You are able to see their point of view and understand where they are coming from.

25. You are content.

You are grateful for what you have, and thankful to the people who have helped you along the way.

26. You never give up.

Giving up is not an option for you. You know that as long as you keep fighting, you will get to where you want to be someday.

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27. You believe in yourself.

You understand that there will always be ups and downs in life, but you strongly believe that your vision and goals will be achieved eventually.

28. You don’t care what others think of you.

You understand that no matter what you do, there will always be negative people around, and you are not going to be affected by their judgements as long as you know what you are doing is right for you.

29. You take criticism positively.

Criticism is for you, a great resource to improve yourself. You don’t take it personally, and instead, you use it as a guideline to better yourself.

30. You love the person you see in your mirror.

You love yourself. You know the importance of self-love, that in order to be loved by others, you have to love yourself first.

You might not see yourself having all 30 signs at this moment, but don’t worry. You definitely already have some of the qualities right now, and as long as you are constantly working to improve yourself, you will eventually get to the rest of the list. Keep moving positively and you will get better as you go.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously rewarding.

Whether you’re just starting out as a leader, or have been leading for a while, you’ll be sure to benefit from knowing the essential traits that all great leaders possess.

Effective and successful leaders transcend the title of ‘manager’ or ‘boss’. They’ve found a way to achieve the perfect combination of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance (with a healthy dose of luck and timing probably added to the mix).

It may seem like some people are gifted with leadership skills, but the truth is most leadership traits can be learned, adopted, and strengthened with time and practice.

As we delve into the list of effective leadership traits, you will learn the behaviors and attitudes of a good leader.

1. Vision and Mission

Having a clear picture of what needs to be achieved is a crucial quality of good leadership.

This vision is often communicated in a mission statement, such as this one from Starbucks:

    How to develop vision? Spend time pinpointing what you need to achieve, and then plan the steps to get there. Here’s a complete guide on creating your own vision.

    2. Self-Motivated

    It’s no coincidence that successful leaders have an abundance of self-motivation.

    Without a decent level of self-motivation, you’ll struggle to become a strong and respected leader. However, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation right now, don’t despair.

    One of the secrets is to have definite goals to keep you motivated at all times. Some people also choose to reward themselves every time they achieve a goal, and this is certainly a good way to keep yourself enthused and motivated. Learn how to set an ambitious yet achievable goal here.

    3. Optimism and Positivity

    Positive energy is contagious. Great leaders are overflowing with this type of energy.

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    Not only does a positive mindset make leaders easy to work with, but it also gives them a constant source of inspiration and ideas.

    Tap into this energy by aligning yourself with positive people and positive goals. Find out more about the habits of positive people here.

    4. Emotional Stability

    In leadership positions, frustration and stress are daily occurrences. This is why leaders need to have strong and stable emotions. They can’t allow themselves to be easily knocked off track.

    If you’re prone to losing your emotional stability when stressed or frustrated, try some of these techniques: breath deeply and slowly for 30 seconds, go for a walk, drink some water (instead of tea or coffee), turn your focus onto something you can resolve. Here’re some effective ways to control your emotions.

    5. Self-Confidence

    Watch a presentation by any CEO and you’ll see that even if they’re not natural presenters – they make up for this by having powerful self-confidence.

    It’s not just CEOs who have self-confidence, any successful leader will have this trait in abundance. One reason for this, is that only a confident person can persuade others and gain their respect.

    Worried that you have low self-confidence? Try faking it. Psychologists often recommend that if you ‘act’ at being confident, you’ll start to look, sound and feel like you ARE confident. And in time… you will be.

    If you look for more ways to boost your self-confidence, this confidence coach has got you some nice advice:

    How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

    6. Decisiveness

    Leaders are frequently called upon to make decisions (some leaders may have to make dozens of decisions every day). In fact, you could say that making decisions is one of the key things a leader must do.

    Spend some time observing highly-successful leaders and you’ll see that they are quick to make decisions. They also enjoy making decisions, rather than stressing out like many non-leaders do when they’re asked to decide on something.

    Put yourself in the leadership bracket by developing your decision-making skills. Start with small decisions – and then work your way up to bigger and more difficult decisions. Once other people notice your decision-making prowess, they’ll automatically see you as leadership material.

    I know it’s really quite difficult to make the right decisions sometimes, but don’t worry, here’s a guide for you:

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    How To Make Good Decisions All The Time

    7. Passion and Enthusiasm

    Expressive. Active. Energetic. These are words best describe a passionate leader.

    Great leaders are lively, driven and are possessed with zeal and purpose. It’s this passion that helps them achieve big results. If you want to emulate their success, then you need to develop passion and enthusiasm for the work at hand, and the end goals.

    Take a look at this Passion Pyramid to find out how importance a leader’s passion is to the team:

      One way to do this is to find what motivates you, and keep your focus firmly on that. For example, i f you’re motivated by helping others, then make sure your role and company are both suited to realizing this. If you’re motivated by money, then put your focus on achieving bonuses and pay rises.

      Take a look at Leo Babauta’s guide on how to find your passion.

      8. Accountability and Responsibility

      Exceptional leaders know that at all times they’ll need to take responsibility for tasks and their results. This includes things likes individual and team performance, as well as being accountable for when things go wrong.

      When negative things occur (and you can guarantee they will from time-to-time), a great leader will immediately step in and take responsibility. Initially, they’ll try to resolve the problem in as quick and smooth a way as possible. But if this is not feasible, they’ll be sure to say that the buck stops with them – and they take full responsibility for what has happened.

      To develop your leadership skills, you must never shy away from responsibility or accountability. If you prefer to sweep mistakes under the carpet, then you’re demonstrating non-leadership traits. Try owning up to issues and finding solutions to them. By doing this, you’ll immediately gain people’s respect.

      Find out some tips on how to be a more responsible person here.

      9. Focus

      Distractions are everywhere. And it takes major focus to stay committed to tasks and goals. The best leaders understand this, and therefore, they’re always looking at ways to boost their team’s focus.

      One way leaders do this, is to keep their team intensely focused on the bigger picture. This might entail allocating specific time for tasks and eliminating any non-essential work.

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      If you’re easily knocked off track, you’ll need to spend some time boosting your focus. Try planning your day, week, month and year to help ensure that you don’t fall behind with achieving your goals. Check out the 7 strategies of staying super focus recommended by a productivity coach.

      10. Ever-Learning

      Leaders know that to be successful they need to continually update their skills and knowledge. They deliberately learn all they can about their profession and industry, so they’ll able to make confident and assured decisions.

      Why is ever learning so important? I’ll leave it to you to find out the reason here:

      If I Am Living a Good Life, Why Should I Bother Learning New Stuff?

      Imagine a CEO of a solar power company. His company may have amazing solar panels, but when it comes to discussing business with potential buyers, if the CEO or his sales team show a lack of understanding about the solar industry and future trends, etc., they’ll be unlikely to win any business.

      It’s exactly the same for you. If you’re a team leader at an electronics store, you should make sure you fully understand all the products that you offer. But go beyond just that, and read about upcoming products and trends that might change what customers are interesting in buying in the future.

      11. Empathy

      The best leaders understand the feeling of their team members, customers and associates. They know when to praise, and when to discuss problems (usually in private).

      Without empathy, leaders will be seen as cold, harsh and lacking understanding. They’re also likely to be regarded as untrustworthy.

      One way to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ is to have regular informal discussions with your colleagues. When you do this, you’ll quickly learn their fears and desires. And when you understand why they have these – you’ll be in a position to express empathy. You can also learn to be more sensitive to others’ needs by taking up these communication skills.

      12. Persuasive and Influential

      Communications are at the heart of all transactions. Whether it’s pitching for a sale or resolving a customer complaint, how you communicate will determine the outcome.

      Charismatic leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) are confident and persuasive communicators. They know how to win over audiences and leave a lasting impressing in people’s minds.

      There’re some common barriers that you’ll have to overcome in order to communicate effectively:

      How to learn effective communication? You could join the world-renowned U.S. nonprofit Toastmasters International. They’ve been training people in the art of public speaking since 1924, and members have included Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, and Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.

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      If you don’t have time to join a club, then practice your communications skills at home. You can do this in front of a mirror, or even better, video yourself presenting, and then ask some friends and family members for feedback. You’ll be amazed at what they pick up on.

      13. Team Building

      If you put a bunch of random people together, you may have a loose definition of a team. In reality, a real team has purpose, drive – and a leader lighting the way.

      If you’ve worked in different teams and with different managers, you’ll no doubt have come to this conclusion:

      Managers who treat their team members like children are unpopular with the team. Conversely, managers who treat their team members like adults, are respected and well-liked by the team.

      The days of disciplinarian managers are passed. Nowadays, successful team leaders know how to inspire and motivate their team, while keeping a harmonious atmosphere between all team members.

      14. Fostering Creativity

      Solutions to problems are rarely black and white. Often it takes a leader who can ‘think outside the box’ to come up with answers. In other words, a leader must be creative, and also help to foster creativity and innovation throughout their team.

      Creativity is not only associated with pursuits such as arts, literature and music, running a team can be just as creative. There will be times every day when you need to come up with ideas and give guidelines for your team to come up with theirs to solve problems.

      The Bottom Line

      Leadership is a journey of continuous learning. It is an amazing experience that will take you on roads you’ve never traveled before.

      Begin now to build your skills and experience, pick out the traits that you currently lack – and then work on developing those.

      It will take tons of practice and time before becoming an effective leader but eventually you will join the ranks of great leaders.

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