I’m inspired by people who’ve accomplished great things. Abolitionists, inventors, civil rights leaders, and great sports stars are amongst my favorites. I often wonder what traits set them apart; what is the deciding factor that takes someone from good to great? I find myself watching shows like ‘A Football Life’, ‘Great Inventions’, and biographies of people who were great at their craft. I look for things that I can incorporate into my life that will allow me to be the best at what I do in order to help my clients. Here are 4 traits that I observed in people who were winners.
One of the most common traits I see in people who are great at their craft is passion. They did not settle for anything less than what they were driven to do. Many of the people did not know what they wanted to do at a young age, while a small minority knew as young as 3 years old. Once they figured out the types of activities they enjoyed doing, they spent an exuberant amount of time getting better at it. Too often, people know what they want to do but don’t pursue their passion out of fear or other excuses. When people told them they couldn’t achieve success doing what they loved, they had enough internal determination and love for their craft that they stayed the course.
- Never Satisfied With Success
Winners not only have a passion for their craft, but they are never satisfied with success and always push themselves to get better. Winners are lifelong learners. They often have very high expectations and goals that others can’t always live up to. They may have natural ability and talent, but these people are always working to get better and don’t rely on natural talent alone. Often times, these people have developed a mental edge over their competition since they are confident in their ability and have practiced countless hours. When the lights come on they are ready.
- It’s Not About The Money
Many of the winners I studied went on to make a lot of money (especially the sports stars) however, some did not. Take for instance Garrett Morgan, an African American who has been credited with creating the first working gas mask that predates masks worn by fire fighters to date. He also perfected the traffic light. He didn’t receive as much as a penny for his invention. He even tested out his invention while facing real danger. When a group of workers got stuck in a tunnel below Lake Erie after an explosion, Morgan and a team of men donned the masks to help get them out. After the rescue was a success, requests for the masks began pouring in. Morgan donated the patent for free to government because he had a desire to help save lives. Similarly, Garrett Morgan’s other famous invention – the traffic signal – was also invented to help save lives. After witnessing an accident on a roadway, Morgan decided a device was needed to keep cars, buggies, and pedestrians from colliding. His traffic signal was designed to stand on a street corner and notify vehicles and walkers whether they should stop or go. After receiving a patent in 1923, the rights to the invention were eventually purchased by General Electric. Clearly Morgan was not motivated by money alone.
- Natural Talent/Ability
None of the people I’m inspired by would have experienced any amount of success if it had not been for talent and natural ability. The key was that they discovered their talent and nurtured it until they reached full potential. When you are doing what you love and what you have the natural ability to do, you tend to triumph. Everyone has a gift, but many people have not taken the time to explore and find out what their talent is. One of the keys to success is to find and pursue your talent and use it every day.
These are just my observations of the traits that successful people have. If you can think of more free to add them in the comments.
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