Things Every Successful Person Has In Common

Since 2007, I’ve spoken to over 1,200 CEOs, celebrities, authors, politicians and even Chef Knives crazed crowds. When speaking to these individuals, I always notice common traits that they all have, which lend to their success. I’ve boiled all of these into the top 14 things that all of them have in common. If you can think of any additional ones, leave them in the comments.

1. They know when to stay and when to leave. Successful people know exactly when they should change employers, start a company or fold their company. They have good intuition and aren’t afraid to make hard choices, despite opposing forces.

2. They do more than what’s asked of them. They view their job descriptions as just the beginning of what they can do with their job. After they’ve completed their mandatory tasks, they will always ask to take on more projects that challenge them. They are even willing to take on the tedious work that no one else wants to do in order to be a team player.

3. They are willing to fail in order to eventually succeed. All successful people know that it doesn’t come easy and they are bound to fail more than they will succeed at anything. They are willing to learn from each failure, as it will help them make better decisions that lead to success later. While many people give up after failing at something, a successful person will persevere.

4. They know that they make their own luck. Luck is derived from hard work over time and positioning yourself for success. You won’t randomly get lucky and successful people know that. They will do at least one thing every single day to put themselves in a better position to get lucky and then use that luck to grow.

5. They set real goals that they can accomplish. Successful people wake up and they’ve already planned their day, while unsuccessful people are scrambling to figure out what they need to do next. Their goals are very focused, big yet obtainable and are aligned to their strengths. They know what they are capable of and will invest all of their efforts in it, avoiding their weaknesses.

6. They take accountability for themselves and their actions. They aren’t relying on other people in order to get the job done. Instead, they are looking inwards and are trying to find the solutions, while leveraging their current assets. If they make a mistake, they own up to it and immediately think of ways that they can improve next time, not making the same mistake twice.

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Becoming the most stellar public speaker around

It’s no secret that a large portion of the population absolutely despises talking in front of a crowd. But, unfortunately, public speaking is a big part of being a productive member of the workforce. Just like knife skills are important to a chef, public speaking is important to every single corporate member.

So, how can you get better at it? We searched the web for some of the best tips and tricks for becoming the most stellar public speaker around.

  1. All getting over your loathing of public speaking takes is reframing the three major fears that people associate with it. (Toastmasters International)
  2. When it comes to overcoming a fear of presenting in public, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. (Business Insider)
  3. People often forget that public speaking involves the ability to tell a really, really great story. (Entrepreneur)
  4. If you’re not sure where to start with your speech, learn the anatomy of a fantastic presentation. (DailyWorth)
  5. Take note of other speakers (nice excuse to spend time watching dozens of TED talks) and think to yourself, what are their vantage points? How do they react to hundreds (or thousands) of eyes on them? (Psychology Today)
  6. A lot of times, public speaking isn’t just about speaking; it’s about making sure your visual aids are great, too. (Forbes)
  7. Introverts, rejoice: You, too, can become a totally awesome public speaker! (Jonathon Colman)
  8. Once you get used to speaking in public, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re coming across to your audience. One technique to try? The HAIL method. (Lifehacker)
  9. You know how people always say not to repeat yourself? It’s time to stop listening to that logic. (Inc.)

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