Whether you want to be successful in your career, business, or finances, your outlook on success is a big factor if you will achieve success. Three key ways that successful people think, solve problems, or approach their careers, business, and finances differently than others include:
# 1- Successful people don’t feel jealous of others’ success.
They know that the pie of success is infinite. With the abundance mindset, successful people are happy about the success of others and are even willing to help them succeed.
My personal experience:
- Career – Working in IT consulting, where there were multiple spots available at each career level, it never occurred to me to be jealous of another person getting promoted. In my mind, in order to get promoted, it always came down to what were my achievements, were those visible to upper management, and did I demonstrate that I was capable and already doing the next level’s work.
- Business – While there is always competition for business, figure out what makes your business unique and showcase those benefits to the customer. During my financial coach training last year, I met another financial coach from my hometown. We encouraged each other as we went through the initial stages of starting our businesses, and didn’t feel threaten by each other’s growing business. In fact, we have since focused on different target audiences and don’t directly compete with one another.
- Finances – Given that approximately 80% of millionaires are self-made millionaires, it should be clear that those with money worked hard for it. I have some friends who are comfortable talking about salary and personal finances. One friend recently told me that she knows that she can share her financial successes with me (including having one paid off house turned into a rental, and working towards paying off her current house…all under the age of 40) because I would never get jealous. I told her that she’s correct, because the day that she told me that almost three years ago, I went home to share her accomplishment with my husband and immediately started looking at ways that I could work towards paying off my own house!
#2 – Successful people share ideas.
Successful people get together with their colleagues and peers to discuss what’s working and what’s not working. It’s faster to learn from others’ mistakes than to have to go through it yourself!
My personal experience:
- Career – In order to succeed in the corporate world, you have to have a group of like-minded people on your team that you can work with. In my IT consulting days, those who chose to go at it alone, usually didn’t get very far.
- Business – I belong to two groups of like-minded financial professionals and bloggers, and it has been amazing to see how everyone is willing to share ideas and help each other with business questions and challenges. It has even resulted in free publicity and marketing, as many have quoted and linked to each other’s sites in articles and blog posts. Most recently, SMI Financial Coaching’s blog was featured in Debt Free Guys’ “49 of the Best Money Blog Posts of 2015.“
- Finances – Don’t assume that everyone has debt and that it is a way of life. I have met plenty of people who have bought their cars in cash! Once you hear that, does it make you stop and wonder if you should re-think your finances and not take a car loan as a given? Also, if you’re not happy with your own personal or business finances, talk to someone! Several of my financial coaching clients have told me that they didn’t even realize how much money they were wasting on expenses that they didn’t need or use until working with me.
#3 Successful people are lifelong learners.
There are three reasons why we read – 1) for information 2) to further our knowledge 3) for pleasure. Most successful people read for information and to further their knowledge. Similarly, according to Business Insider – Rich people read for self-improvement.
My personal experience:
- Career – If you want to exceed expectations at work (and hopefully get promoted or a raise), then you have to be an expert in something. When I was an IT consultant, there were the official ways to get staffed on a project (through your HR rep or you applying for a role) vs. the unofficial ways where someone sought you out based on your expertise. In order to be an expert, you have to build those skills and keep reading and learning, especially if you work in an industry that is constantly changing.
- Business – There is so much to learn about starting and maintaining a business, and there are both free and paid training and information out there. The business world is always evolving too, so it’s always good to keep learning the new trends and reading in areas that you will help grow or support your business. Currently, I am reading a book written by several entrepreneurs. The advice that I’ve read in just the first 5 chapters have been well worth the money that I paid for the training course.
- Finances – There are many ways to improve our financial situation and use that money to support the lifestyle we want. I am always looking out for good financial advice on how to make extra money from financial bloggers to pass along to my clients.
Based on this list, do you have what it takes to be successful? If not, what do you have to change?