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Last Updated on May 6, 2020

6 Characteristics of a Successful Person That Make Them Outstanding

6 Characteristics of a Successful Person That Make Them Outstanding

Highly successful people are uncommon. They walk the roads you walk on and stand under the same sun, but they view the world from a lens that sets them apart from the common man.

In the following lines, I will lend you that lens.

The 6 points you will see may look nothing like what you would expect, but their charm rests on their ability to look like one thing while being another. And there, I just gave you one characteristic to wet your beak:

Highly successful people see the good in every situation.

But what else do they share?

In no particular order, here are 6 characteristics of a successful person:

1. They Never Just Try.

Successful people never just try because just trying isn’t doing. Instead, they do what they set to achieve.

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People who only try things just for the sake of trying won’t be able to maximize the experience. But successful people do things with a clear goal in mind.

How do they do this?

  • By being crystal clear about their goals
  • By sacrificing anything that would steal resources (e.g., time) away from those goals.
  • By celebrating every small win along the way

2. They Leverage Everything.

Successful people know how to leverage everything. To put it simply, to leverage is to use a small input to reap a maximum reward. They naturally possess a certain level of resourcefulness and wit that others do not.

Highly successful people have the unique ability to make use of every bit of their human experience.

They sell their winning strategies in books, market their experience on TV shows, use their vulnerabilities to connect with strangers, and leverage their friendships to access closed circles.

Look at your life and assets carefully. You’ll realize that there are many things that you could leverage.

3. They Give More Than They Take.

One of the principal characteristics of a successful person is that they give more than they take.

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A general rule in life is to always give more than what is expected from you, and this applies perfectly to the path to success.

There is a connection between the number of people you serve and the number of returns you can make. That is why billionaires tend to be from those companies that serve the largest number of people. Does Amazon ring a bell?

Find a universal pain point, focus on addressing it, and in due time the returns will come. Nature rewards givers.

4. They Conquer Hearts.

The most valuable resources and opportunities are hidden behind relationship walls.

Whether they are introverts or extroverts, highly successful people find ways to connect with the people they meet. They understand that if our aspirations or backgrounds do not unite us, then our flaws will.

So, they use whatever common ground is available at the moment to reach for your heart.

For example, they will:

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  • Greet you in your native language.
  • Call you by name as much as they can.
  • Mirror your body language if they have no clue what sports you are talking about.

And if none of those work, they will show themselves as vulnerable by telling others stories about themselves. This works like a charm, and it’s very effective for strengthening relationships.

5. They Give Up (For the Right Things).

Knowing when and what to give up is one of the lesser-known characteristics of a successful person, but it is an important one nevertheless.

Only a fool will repeat the same action but expect different results. Successful people get that.

As a result, they do not lay their time on the altar of regrets or stay in love with ideas and methods that do not work. They fall in love with the end goal, not the path, and stick to what works. They make face the difficult decisions of what to give up and what to pursue.

They quickly discard what doesn’t work, and then they try something else. It is more difficult to progress through life if you don’t know when or what you should give up.

6. They Are A-Students in Life.

Although many highly successful people are school dropouts, one thing they never drop out of is the school of life. This is one of the most important characteristics of a successful person.

They are fantastic students of their mistakes. That is why most of them keep a personal journal where they write their mistakes and reflect on them.

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They are great students of others’ successes, which is why they read more books than the average man. They know that they’re not perfect and that they have a lot to learn from other successful people.

They are students of what makes people tick. Case in point, there is something you bought this week that you didn’t really need. But the company was still able to make you but it.

They are brilliant students of people’s problems. Proof? Their products or solutions sell, which leads to greater contribution to society and most of the time, more profit.

If you commit to being an astute student of life, you would have made a great leap on your journey to success. I believe that you will, so I wish you the very best in this endeavor.

Conclusion

Many factors are involved in the success or failure of a person. Remembering these 6 characteristics of a successful person is a good start if you want to achieve great things in life.

On the topic of success, many things are uncertain. However, one thing’s for sure:

It’s never going to be easy, but it’s certainly going to be worth it.

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17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

2. Use the Pareto Principle

Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

3. Make Stakes

Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

4. Record Yourself

Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

5. Join a Group

There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

6. Time Travel

Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

7. Be a Chameleon

When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

“Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

8. Focus

Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

9. Visualize

The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

10. Find a Mentor

Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

11. Sleep on It

Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

Check out his video to find out more:

13. Learn by Doing

It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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14. Complete Short Sprints

Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

15. Ditch the Distractions

Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

16. Use Nootropics

Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

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17. Celebrate

For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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The Bottom Line

Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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