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.

23 Cool Tech Fatcs

1. On eBay, there is an average of $680 worth of transactions every second.

2. Ninety-one percent of all adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach every hour of every day.

3. There are 6.8 billion people on the planet and 4 billion of them use a mobile phone. Only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush.

4. Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, as well as Apple have one not so obvious thing in common – they were all started in a garage.

5. Twenty-five percent of Americans use only a mobile device to use the Internet.

6. Every minute, 100 hours of video are uploaded on YouTube by individual users.

7. There are 271 million mobile subscribers within the United States alone, and numbers are quickly growing.

8. Two hundred and twenty million tons of old computers and other technology devices are trashed in the United States each year.

9. Ninety percent of text messages are read within three minutes of being delivered.

10. Thirty million individuals watch television programming from their mobile phones.

11. The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, sent 250,000 emails, instant messages, and text messages, and has spent 10,000 hours on a mobile phone alone.

12. The first personal computer was created by Berkeley Enterprises. Affectionately referred to as Simon, it sold for a pricey $300 in 1950.

13. It has been 40 years since the world’s first mobile phone call successfully took place.

14. On average, technology users carry 2.9 devices on them at all times.

15. There are 350 million Snapchat messages sent every day.

16. Since the company’s inception, there have been 144.7 million individual visitors to Facebook, making it the most visited social networking site as of June 2013.

17. RadioShack was one of the first companies to start the personal computer revolution, back in 1970, with its TRS-80.

18. The first mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1963; it consisted of a hard wooden shell and two clunky metal wheels.

19. Of the 60 billion emails that are sent on a daily basis, 97 percent are considered spam.

20. The first cell phone sold in the United States – the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X – was designed by Rudy Krolopp in April of 1984. It weighed two pounds.

21. Google handles an estimated 1 billion search queries each and every day, releasing almost 200 tons of CO2 per day.

22. There are 500 apps added each day to the Windows Phone Store.

And most importantly…

23. The man known as the Father of Information Theory, Claude Shannon, invented the digital circuit – the foundation of the magic that provides us all access to the Internet today – during his master’s degree program, when he was just 21 years old.

Any other cool tech facts we missed?

10 things rich people do which poor people don’t

ARE rich people just good with money or is there something a little deeper underpinning their success?

Most people would agree that certain lifestyle choices and daily habits are as valuable in the quest for wealth as a sound understanding of finances.

On the flipside, there’s a bunch of stuff you should never, ever do if financial security is one of your main goals.

Two American wealth gurus have combined these two ideas into an excellent list .

What happened was, wealth guru Tom Corley wrote a list of 10 rich habits that will make you rich, followed by 18 poverty habits that are keeping you poor.

Then along came another wealth guru, Dave Ramsey, who helpfully condensed Corley’s ideas into a 20-point list of his own.

For your sake, we’ve boiled this thing down even further. Here are 10 things which rich people do and poor people don’t. And as we’ve already said, these things have nothing to do with money.

1. EAT RIGHT

Corley undertook his own research on the habits of rich people and poor people – by interviewing real people – and he found that 70 per cent of wealthy people eat less than 300 junk food calories each day. By contrast, 97 per cent of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.

2. KEEP YOUR CARDS CLOSE TO YOUR CHEST

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Are you the sort of person who blurts out every thought on their mind? Stop it. It’s not making you seem bold or cool or visionary or anything, but is in fact labelling you as dangerous, potentially treasonous and definitely not the sort of person who will ear promotions. Corley found that 11.6 per cent of wealthy people say what’s on their mind, compared to a whopping 69 per cent of poor people.

3. SET GOALS

Eighty per cent of wealthy people are focused on accomplishing some single goal, compared to just 12 per cent of poor people. And wealthy people are four times as likely to write down their goals as poor people. Corley has some great stuff on his blog about the difference between a wish and a goal.

4. KEEP FIT

Well, you know what they say about healthy body, healthy mind. According to our American friends, 76 per cent of wealthy people exercise aerobically at least four days a week. Only 23 per cent of poor people do this.

5. BE ORGANISED

It’s almost too simple to be true, but 81 per cent of wealthy people keep a to-do list. Just 19 per cent of poor people do this. Want a good tip? Try an old-fashioned bit of paper. Crossing stuff off with a pen just feels good.

6. READ

 

Interestingly, the authors also found that wealthy people tend to read to their kids way more than people do.

A massive 88 per cent of wealthy people read material which relates to their education or career for at least 30 minutes each day, while just 2 per cent of poor people do likewise. Want to swim in an Olympic Pool of $100 bills? Then stop playing Angry Birds and pick up a book.

7. RING GRANDMA

Corley found that 80 of rich people make Happy Birthday calls compared to just 11 per cent of poor people. And while we’re not suggesting that ringing Grandma will MAKE you rich, this stat does speak to the old adage: “if you want something done, give it to a busy person”.

8. DON’T WATCH BIG BROTHER

We all know that watching reality TV will turn your brain to eggplant or possibly mashed zucchini. Either way, you are indulging in the number one activity which keeps nobodies from becoming somebodies. Corley found that 67 per cent of wealthy people watch an hour or less of TV each day – and that just 6 per cent watch reality TV. Yes, just 6 per cent, compared to 78 per cent of poor people.

9. DON’T PUNT

Only 23 per cent of wealthy people gamble, compared to 52 per cent of poor people. Bear in mind these stats pertain to Americans, so the number of gamblers is likely significantly higher here in Australia.

10. RUN YOUR OWN RACE

 

It might not hurt to run to the side of the road a little, both literally and figuratively.

The advice to run your own race isn’t contained anywhere in the material published by the American wealth guys this week. But the irony of lists like these is that you’ll never get anywhere in life if you follow everything word for word. Take the bits that apply to you, but remember to be a little flexible and do things your way.

… AND ONE LAST THOUGHT

The author of this piece is firmly of the belief that a lot of poor people are simply too busy or disadvantaged one way or another to change their situation. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to pick themselves up.

That said, there’s a great comment on Dave Ramsey’s blog which offers hope to all. Writes “Poornomore”:

“I was born poor, raised in poverty and watched my parents die that way. I worked hard, eliminated my bad habits, started doing what the wealthy did. Mostly I stopped blaming others for my lack of wealth. Now I am wealthy, and help others who want to be helped.”

Written by Anthony Sharwood from http://www.news.com.au/