By Jayaram V
Summary: This essay is about the seven important
qualities of successful people or high achievers which set them
Success in any endeavor requires a combination of factors. In
the success of any individual, both extrinsic and intrinsic factors
play an important part. Of them, the intrinsic ones are more important
because unless a person is endowed with right qualities and abilities,
it is difficult to deal successfully with the extrinsic factors
that are critical to his or her success or efforts.
What is the secret of success? What distinguishes successful
people from others. Are there any secrets which we can learn from
them? No one can predict the future or know in advance what may
happen. However, it does not mean that we cannot increase the probability
of achieving success or reaching our goals. With careful planning
and preparation, we can do it. We can also learn the principles
of success and practice them if we are determined and motivated
to do it.
Despite our knowledge and experience, we cannot overgeneralize
the success factors, or suggest a theory or a combination of factors
that will equally work for everyone. People have to find their own
paths, methods and solutions to achieve success according to their
circumstances. Therefore, it is no wonder that successful people
come from all backgrounds and with a combination of diverse traits,
strengths and weaknesses.
Poverty is certainly a limiting factor in most cases, since it
defines a personï¿½s status and identity and limits his or her reach
and influence. Those who are born in rich families certainly enjoy
many advantages and opportunities to succeed, compared to those
who come from poor backgrounds, and do not have enough means to
put their thoughts to action.
However, we also see that poor people often defy all odds and
achieve supper success, despite their poverty and other limiting
factors. Some even go all the way to the top and become leaders
in their professions or heads of nations. Whether you come from
a poor background or a rich background, and whether you aim to succeed
in business or in sports or in some other field, certain qualities
are essential to achieve success in life.
The following are seven important secrets of high achievers.
Those who possess them have a greater chance of achieving success
in their lives.
1. Focus: High achievers are focused. Their
minds and thoughts remain fixed on their goals and tasks. Although
outwardly they may appear to be busy with routine tasks and daily
problems, inwardly they never lose sight of their primary goals
or the larger picture of what they want to accomplish. Their dedication
and commitment keep them undeterred from pursuing their goals or
executing their plans and decisions even when they encounter major
2. Discipline: Successful people are disciplined
and organized. They are disciplined enough to stick to their goals
and plans, invest enough time and energy to equip themselves with
whatever that is necessary to succeed in life. Because of that,
they are able to build strong and trustworthy relationships, avoid
negative and self-destructive habits, keep their minds and bodies
in good health, conserve their resources and safeguard their wealth
and investments with right measures.
3. Perseverance: Achievers who succeed in life
are those who do not easily give up, and who keep trying until they
achieve their goals. Successful people are self-motivators and very
independent in their thinking and approach so that they are not
easily swayed by otherï¿½s negativity or discouragement. However,
they are also realistic enough to know when to call off a program
or project, or how to adapt to changing situations and contingencies
by suitably modifying their plans and actions.
4. Attention: Successful people and high achievers
pay attention to details, which help them anticipate problems and
challenges and deal with them accordingly. They closely monitor
their actions and those of others, apart from the changes that take
place in the macro environment, to safeguard themselves from possible
problems and unexpected turn of events. They also pay close attention
to people and their behavior to ensure that they have the support
and cooperation of the best of the people.
5. Clarity: Without clarity of thought, it is
difficult to achieve success in life. Successful people know clearly
what they are, and what they want to achieve in their lives. They
bring clarity to their goals and plan. They know their strengths
and weaknesses or their opportunities and limitations and plan their
lives accordingly. Since they think through things and rely upon
their wisdom and discernment, they know how to minimize errors and
deal with ambiguity, uncertainty and confusion.
6. Knowledge: Knowledgeable people are not necessarily
successful people or achievers. However, certain types of knowledge
are essential to achieve success in any field. Successful people
may or may not be experts in their professions or pursuits, but
they possess enough discernment and acumen to know how to secure
right knowledge from right people and put it right use. Their knowledge
comes from their observation, experience, learning, expertise, consultation
and intuition. Some of them are also pioneers, innovators and leaders
in their chosen fields.
7. Openness: If the mind is open, it can foresee
things clearly, find more alternatives, possibilities and opportunities
in problem situations or in decision making, explore more avenues
to pursue goals or accomplish tasks, and remain hopeful and motivated
in difficult circumstances. Open-mindedness is also helpful in forging
relationships, receiving criticism, and building effective teams.
Successful people reap these benefits since they are open-minded
and allow information to flow from all sides. They also do not allow
their assumptions, prejudices and preconceived notions to interfere
with their thinking or decisions.
Successful people are aware of the importance of having the right
frame of mind and right personality to succeed in their lives. Therefore,
they spend time improving themselves and making themselves fit and
capable for the goals they choose and the success they want to achieve.
They know that success is the result of hard work, perseverance
and clarity in thinking and actions. Most importantly, they are
good human beings who want to pay back to the world and society
for the help they receive, the life they lead and the success they
Author Bio: Jayaram V is Founder President
of Hinduwebsite.com and author of 14 books including Think Success
and Being the Best. For more information about Jayaram and his
works, you may
visit the author's website.