It recently dawned on me that even after working, praying, and believing, the progress towards success is still super-slow for most people. However, there are six types of people who seem to get ahead faster. These guys make quick progress and everybody around them believes they will succeed. These guys are ordinary individuals with exceptional characters.
Here are they:
- The Passionate
Passionate individuals progress quickly because they are obsessed with their work. They work all the time without getting tired because they enjoy their work and don’t perceive it as work. Their work ethic makes them progress quickly because they do more things within a short period.
- The Strong Willed
Strong-willed people are highly determined folks who will do whatever it takes to succeed. They progress quicker because nothing can stop them on the road to success. Obstacles never slow them down because they will do everything they can to quickly overcome them.
Besides this, they never waste time thinking of past or possible failures because they only focus on achieving their goals. They fully utilize the present moment and do whatever it takes to meet success.
- Highly Self-Disciplined Individuals
Highly self-disciplined individuals progress faster because they work even when they don’t feel like working. Passionate individuals might progress slower because they might stop working when discouraged or when they don’t feel like working. However, self-disciplined individuals, work even when demotivated as they don’t need motivation for them to keep moving forward.
Furthermore, self-disciplined individuals progress quickly because they seldom get distracted. They never allow anything to stop them from getting things done.
- The Risk-Takers
Risk-takers fail a lot. However, they get ahead faster than those who play safe when their risks pay-off. Risk takers also progress faster because they overcome the fear of failure by trying out many things and failing forward. Lastly, risk takers learn a lot from taking risks, and they also meet many opportunities that accompany risk-taking.
‘Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.’ – Frederick Wilcox
- Emotionally Intelligent Individuals
Emotionally intelligent folks progress quicker because they know how to relate to people. Also, people love to do business deals with them because they are supportive and likable. They, therefore, get ahead faster because they can team up with many individuals and work towards a common goal.
- Individuals who focus on one thing
Individuals who focus on one thing progress quicker than those who invest their efforts in many things/projects. Many individuals progress slowly because they also work on a plan B as they fear that plan A might fail. Little do they know that having a backup plan slows them down because it divides their attention.
If two people want to succeed in music, and one dedicates all his time on music, while the other one only practices music for 5 hours a day, and uses the rest of the day to work on another project that might provide income in case he fails in music, which of the two will progress faster?
People with backup plans move slower because they focus on failure and they never trust their projects and abilities. They also fail to dedicate all their resources to one thing.
‘There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts you from plan A.’ – Will Smith
I always wondered why some people progress quicker than others. For this reason, I studied a number of successful people and I realized that the above types of people progress quicker than the rest of us. However, there are many more types of people who get ahead faster. You are free to mention them in the comment box below.
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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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5 Unbelievable Factors That Make People Work Extremely Hard
Mentors, a strong purpose, and motivational stuff are some of the main factors that make people work extremely hard. However, there are other unique but not necessarily positive factors that make people work extremely hard.
Here are some of them:
- The Desire to Prove People Wrong
Many people have worked extremely hard because they wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. These folks wanted to show the people who doubted them that they can achieve greatness.
An example is Arnold Schwarzenegger. This guy worked extremely hard in his acting career because he wanted to prove wrong the people who told him that he won’t be a successful actor since he had a German accent, and a body that was too big for acting.
Even though I have discouraged competition in my previous posts, I believe that it sometimes makes people work hard. Many bloggers, musicians, and business owners have worked hard because of the fierce competition in their niches. These folks knew that they would fail to secure a sizeable market share if their competitors outworked them.
A large percentage of successful people succeeded because they had faith in their dreams. Faith made them completely sure that they’ll achieve their dreams if they worked harder, and therefore, it motivated them to work hard.
Recently, I realized that people who believe in the achievement of their dreams work harder than doubters. Doubt drains energy while faith motivates you to push yourself harder because you firmly know that success will come if you toil.
People also work harder towards their goals if they believe that achieving them will eliminate pain. For instance, the pain of living in poverty motivated Eminem to work extremely hard towards a better life. In some of his songs, the rapper reveals how the pain he felt when he realized that his 9-5 salary could not sustain his family forced him to work very hard in music.
All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can’t get by with my 9-5, and I can’t provide the right type of life for my family – Eminem, Lose Yourself
- The Need to Use Success As Revenge
“Success is the best revenge to pay you back.” – Eminem, Where I’m At.
I know people who are working so hard because they experienced rejection. These folks believe that working harder will make them meet success and make the people who rejected them regret.
Besides faith, the above factors show that you can use negative states of mind to push yourself harder. The main reason we are encouraged to use positive factors to push ourselves harder is that most of the time, factors such as pain, competition, the need to revenge and prove people wrong, work against us. These factors can be advantageous only if you approach them wisely.
What other unique factors do you know that can make people work harder?
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