My previous post was an attempt to define success in life. By defining what we want from our life, everyday people can be successful. However, life success is very different to career success. It is also very different to “credible” success – that which can be measured. This post attempts to break down the 7 attributes of successful people. You will remember my analogy of Tiger Woods, undoubtably the most successful golfer in history, being less successful in his personal life? The seven attributes of success can all be found in Tiger Woods – the golfer. In fact, by lacking just one of these seven attributes, I believe a person is close to being successful but not quite there. Here they are!
S – “Surpass” the competition. Successful people do not live in a 9 to 5 world. Their drive elevates them above their competitors, ensuring they are always ahead of the pack. In fact it is impossible to be successful if your world revolves around clocking in at 9 and clocking off at 5. You may do that as a requirement of your work for example, but that’s not when you switch on and off. The hours in a day are not to be measured but to be better utilised. Successful people understand this.
U – “Unique”. Some will refer to this as the “X Factor”, others a “point of difference”, but there is something unique about successful people that allows them to shine. Their thoughts are their own and their actions are driven by their own unique thoughts. Sure they can be influenced by others who came before them, but they are able to make it their own.
C – “Create”. If you gave a successful person a blank sheet of paper, they would be able to turn it into anything. They have the ability to not just take dot point notes, but create an entire production. That’s why on shows like “The Apprentice”, tasks always start with a blank piece of paper and a goal. To separate successful people from those who are just in the pursuit of success, Donald Trump wants contestants to “create and deliver”. People who are unable to create are usually the loudest critics. They can only comment on the finished product but have no appreciation for the work required to deliver the finished product, or respect for the fact they couldn’t do it themselves.
C – “Continue”. Successful people don’t fluke success. If you threw a ball into a hoop you had a successful shot. You may be able to do this 5 times out of 10. Successful people hone their skills, develop their attitude and continue to succeed. They can shoot 10 from 10, every time. They understand to continue to be successful they have to adapt and grow. If the angle of the shot is changed, they’re ready for it. They will still get 10 from 10. They will also continue to get back up after they fall. Humans are not perfect. Successful people understand their own flaws and dust themselves off to get back on the ride.
E – “Exceed”. They exceed expectations. Successful people don’t just deliver on a brief, they stretch the brief to its limits and slam dunk – every time. It’s not in their make-up to just deliver.
S – “Score”. Their results are measurable. They have defined numbers that set them apart from others. It can be in awards, published books, income, speeches they have made, tournaments they have won, the list goes on, but they are able to be measured.
S – “Substance”. You can not fake substance. Successful people are not only self-aware, they are also aware of others. The moment arrogance replaces confidence, and greed replaces generosity, this person slips from success to failure. All successful people are grateful for the air they breathe and the space and time they occupy.
That’s it. My little way of trying to define success. Put a name against these seven attributes that literally spell, “SUCCESS”, and ask yourself if they tick off on each one.