6 routines of successful people (Talent is not everything) — First part
I am glad you are one of those people, who care about their personal growth. This articles comes with practical advice and directions to assume six most important routines of successful personalities.
It remind of a car journey between point A and point B. If you want to get from one point to another (that means from where you are now all the way to the top of success), you must determine the place, which means to determine the destination — that is purposefulness.
After that, you must firmly decide to reach the destination in all circumstances — that is attitude.
Since there are always many different ways, you must choose the one that is most suitable for you — that is planning.
However, you must know how to run the car that is supposed to take you to your destination — that is education.
Last but not least, you need enough fuel — that is persistence.
And what is most important, you must start the car, engage the gear, and step on the gas pedal — that is activity.
First of all, we need to clarify the term successful personality. As everyone has their own conception of what successful personality means, it is very important that you understand this matter well. We can define success very easily.
A person is successful when his plans and visions become reality.
Let’s say you are a businessman, who considers success as selling his product to ten clients in one month. When he man ages to do that, it is a success. Or else you may say that success is living with your family in a house worth two million dollars. However, someone else may say that success is leaving a pub sober. And a person living in Africa might curl his lip at all that and say that success is having potable water. Which means — success is a very relative term.
However, there are six principles that are applied by a majority of successful people. If you assume them and learn to use them for your benefit, you will get a big chance — you can become successful on a long-term basis, regardless the field.
The following are the routines we will deal with in this articles:
3. Ability to Plan
Talent is not everything
Regarding talent, I had long conversations with several people. During one lecture, I heard that without talent, it is simply impossible to achieve success in certain things. I agree with this statement, yet have you ever thought what talent actually is? In encyclopaedias, talent is described as follows: Talent is a capacity to achieve original/above-average performance.
But what does talent consist of? Is it really enough just to be talented to achieve success?
Do you think that if you are talented in hockey, it automatically means you have a chance to become the best player at the NHL?
Do you think that if you are talented in writing, you will automatically become a famous bestselling author?
Do you think that if you are talented in what you do, you have a chance to be the best in it?
I don’t think so. There is some-hing more you need…
In gradual investigations and observations of successful people, I found out something that unbelievably fascinated me. I found out that besides talent, a majority of successful people have six main routines that helped them during their journey to success. I believe that just like an atom forms a molecule, so the six routines form talent.
It is very simple. Try to imagine that you are talented in a certain sport. The fact that you are talented in this sport does not mean that you will be successful in it. You must know what you want to achieve in the given sport — purposefulness. You must be resolved to succeed — attitude. You must plan the training and the progress of training — the ability to plan. You must know everything about the given sport — education. You must be persistent, because the goal is not immediately achievable — persistence. And you must keep training and produce activity — activity.
Originally, enthusiasm was supposed to form the first routine in the book. Later on, I realized that enthusiasm is not a routine. More over, enthusiasm cannot be worked on. You simply are enthusiastic about something, or not. Enthusiasm cannot be taught, but it is possible to become “infected” with enthusiasm by someone.
Let’s say your partner is enthusiastic about golf. One day, you try it too, and despite the fact that you are not very good and your balls fly everywhere but not to the green, you are still enthusiastic about golf — not for the game itself, but for other reasons. There are great people there, you enjoy striking the balls, you like walking in beautiful countryside, and all that is connected with golf.
Let’s take another example now.
Your friend invites you to play golf. You try it for the first time, and moreover, your friend knows an excellent coach, who will teach you how to strike the ball and explain the different terms and rules of the game. You find out that it is actually not hard at all, and that you are quite good at it. Even the coach praised you, and that means something, as he is usually very thrifty with praises. After this first experience, you become enthusiastic about this sport. Several visits later you are told by the coach that you are talented for golf.
These two stories offer huge understanding. You can be enthusiastic about something without being talented for it. However, once you find out that you are talented for something, you automatically become enthusiastic about it. It always is that way.
By the way, the way to find out about your talents is when you are really good at a thing and you achieve success. The talented activities are simply “easy to be done”.
I had many conversations about this topic, and several people opposed me. Those opposing stated different things. For example, that we can be talented for something and we are not necessarily enthusiastic about it. You may be excellent in painting, you know about your talent, but still you don’t have the time, the nerves for it, or you are simply lazy.
But in that case, you are not talented for painting! You are not even enthusiastic about it. If you were talented, you would actually find the time, you would not be lazy to get up and go painting, you would definitely have the nerves for painting, and you would certainly be enthusiastic about it. In the said case, you are, well, good at painting, at most. For the talent to be utilized, it is necessary to master the 6 routines of successful people.
If you don’t master the 6 routines of successful people, your talent may go unused. Only the talent that is utilized can be perfect.
Some people have mastered the 6 routines subconsciously, without ever reading this book. These are probably the successful people around you. This articles is here for the others.