Chapter 22

Successful or Unsuccessful?

I have been studying successful people most of my life and have found the differences between them and the people who accomplish less worth noting—and its not what you might expect. The distinctions between these two groups have nothing to do with economics, education, or demographics. Although these experiences and events certainly influenced them and their viewpoints, they are not ultimately the determining factors in their lives. I can show you people with no education, who were reared by broken families in terrible surroundings, but still managed to grow their successes to stratospheric levels.

Successful people talk, think, and approach situations, challenges, and problems differently than most people—and they definitely think about money differently. Listed in this chapter are the commonly found qualities, personality traits, and habits that make successful people the way they are. Each item is followed by a few of my thoughts on what each category means. This will allow you to become more aware of the kinds of habits and characteristics you should be developing—and encouraging your employees and colleagues to develop as well. The only way to be successful is to take the same actions that successful people take. Success is no different than any other skill. Duplicate the actions and mind-sets of successful people, and you will create success for yourself.

The following list of ways you should act in order to be successful is based on ...

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