As you might imagine, I see a lot and learn a lot about successful people. I was thinking the other day about the traits that the most successful ones have in common and I’ve identified what I think are the three most common ones.
They READ a lot!!
In fact, when I first discovered Tony Robbins way back in 1989 the first thing that I did when I figured out that this self-education stuff really works is to become a voracious reader.
I first began with the classics like Napoleon Hill, Tony Robbins, Jesse Livermore, and of course the market wizards.
Back then I got into a habit of reading a book a week and I’ve kept up with at least two each month for years.
For example, as I write this I have this stack of books on my desk:
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful – Marshall Goldsmith
ACTION! Nothing Happens Till Something Moves – Robert Ringer
Happier: Can You Learn to be Happy? – Tal Ben-Shahar
Trading From The Gut by Curtis Faith
As you can see, I keep the topics somewhat diverse. They’re not all about trading.
But I don’t want you to miss the point I’m making here.
This is not a habit that is specific to me. It’s a habit that I have identified as common to the most successful people I work with.
They continue to work on their EDUCATION in live settings.
After all, how did we originally learn?
We went to school and sat in a classroom. It’s always amazing to me how many people stop working on their education after they get out of school.
It should not surprise you that those people who attend live events are much more successful than those who do not. This is true of every event I have ever attended.
It’s because people who continue to go to school, whether it’s school at a live event, webinar or tele-seminar, work on their continuing education.
And of course the live event is the best continuing education because you not only learn from the presenter, but also from all of the other smart people in the room. Once again, I hope you don’t take this a self-serving, but I know of millions and millions and millions of dollars that have been made by the networking that goes on at live events!
They create SMART goals for themselves and write them down for everyone to see.
What are SMART goals?
S-M-A-R-T is an acronym for:
There is no question that by creating SMART goals and writing them down for others to see, you have a much better chance of achieving them.
I’m always amazed at how few people actually do this every year and then update them throughout the year. On the other hand, the successful people almost always does this.
It’s important to point out that just writing them down seldom leads to getting them accomplished.
Accountability is what gets them accomplished! That’s why you need others to see your smart goals.
I actually posted my yearly goals for everyone in the company to see. It wasn’t as much for them as it was for me. Because everyone could see them, I knew as the leader I had to set a good example and get them done.
Okay, now that you’ve seen what I have identified as The Three Common Habits of Successful People I have two questions for you.
You probably guessed the first one – how many of these three habits are you currently accomplishing?
But the second question will require just a little bit of thought and I’m going to leave you with it:
If you’re currently not accomplishing all (or any) of these three habits, what do you think would happen to you and your life if you did? (Think about it!)
It’s time to take action!