10 Biggest Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Many always dream of achieving success, but don’t know the the first step to get there. A few weeks ago, author Dave Kerpen received a postcard illustrating the differences between successful and unsuccessful people. I think that it’s pretty dead on and something all success seekers should print and post on their mirror so they can see it every morning when they wake up.

Here are ten of my favorites:

1. Successful People Embrace change. Unsuccessful People Fear change.

Change is always going to occur around us, either you choose to adapt and live on or die a slow painful death.

2. Successful people want others to succeed. Unsuccessful people secretly hope others fail.

Spending all your time hoping someone fails not only attracts bad energy, it’s simply a waste of time. All those times thinking about the demise of others is time that can be spent doing things to help you become more successful.

3. Successful people accept responsibly for their failures. Unsuccessful blame others for their failures.

Being a true leader takes one who will be honest when they screw up. It puts you in a position of solving the problem instead of bitching about it.

4. Successful people talk about ideas. Unsuccessful people talk about people.

Talking about other people is a waste of time and makes you sound like young high school girls talking sh*t about each other during recess. All that time can be spent on brainstorming the next big idea that changes the world.

5. Successful people give people all the credit for their victories. Unsuccessful people take all the credit from others.

No matter who you are, it takes an amazing team of talented people to help you attain success. Spending team making sure the people you work with are appreciated will not only help attract the best talents to you, but help ensure everyone is giving their best efforts to complete the end-goal.

6. Successful people operate from a transformational perspective. Unsuccessful people operate from a transactional perspective.

True leaders focus on growth and ways to make him/herself and the people around them better. It’s not always about just getting as much out of people as possible. This is not only short term thinking, but doesn’t set you up as a person people would want to be around with.

7. Successful people continuously learn. Unsuccessful people fly by the seat of your pants (?)

I sightly agree with this one. While focusing on constantly learning is crucial, going with your instinct can sometimes lead to great rewards. I think no matter what you do in life, you can always find ways to learn and grow.

8. Successful people compliment others. Unsuccessful people criticize others.

Complimenting others can be a great weapon in your business arsenal. It exudes positive energy and breaks down barriers from people around you. This helps build rapport and helps you get what you want out of people.

9. Successful people forgive others. Unsuccessful People hold grudges.

Successful people are always forward thinking and know that holding grudges can hold them back. Take Steve Jobs for example, even with his bouts with Bill Gates, it was ultimately Gates who took part in investing his own dollars to help save Apple. You can’t do stuff like that when you hold grudges with people.

10. Successful people have gratitude. Unsuccessful people don’t appreciate others and the world around them.

Being appreciative of the things around you keeps you grounded and makes you realize the beauty of the world. You can’t change the world if you hate it.


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