Looking at the most successful people in the world, it would be quite natural to ask, “What is it they have that other people don’t?”.
At this point, some people might say they had a privileged upbringing, with access to the best education and social/business networks. However, it’s a well known fact that many of the world’s millionaires and billionaires didn’t have such a fortunate start in life. Ursula Burns was brought up in a housing project by her single mother on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She then went on to become the CEO and chairman of Xerox. Howard Schultz grew up in the Brooklyn projects before becoming the CEO of a little known coffee shop called Starbucks. Dhirubhai Ambani began his life as the son of a teacher in a remote village in rural Gujarat. He went on to become a billionaire after founding and running Reliance Industries.
So if success cannot be purely attributed to upbringing – what else could determine whether or not you are destined for success? Research has shown that it could simply come down to mindset. The great news is, if the millionaires and billionaires of this world can all adopt this mindset – you can too.
So how do you train your brain to think like a millionaire?
One of the biggest differences between successful people and unsuccessful people is successful people are goal-orientated. They create a vision for their life and career, and set goals that will help them move closer to that vision. They understand having a sense of purpose and making progress are crucial to success. As they get close to achieving one goal, they are already planning the next.
2) No such thing as failure – only feedback
If you want to be super successful, adopting this mindset is going to be key. If every time something goes wrong, you perceive it as failure, you will very quickly lose motivation and give up. Successful people ensure they stay on track with their goals by perceiving everything as a learning opportunity. They always assess and look for the feedback they can take from the experience. They assess what worked, what didn’t work, and what they need to do differently next time.
3) Positive self-talk
Successful people don’t waste time beating themselves up. They know it will only make them feel bad and demotivated. They recognize they are only human, they don’t know it all and they are going to make mistakes. And they are OK with that. They know how to look for the learning opportunity and quickly move on, striving to learn from their mistakes and do better next time.
4) Growth Mindset
One reason people are not successful is because they believe they cannot change. They are who they are. Their capabilities, skills, talent, behavioural traits etc. are fixed. As a result, they will avoid any challenge they believe they are not equipped to handle.
Successful people have a growth mindset. They know they can improve, be better, learn more, do more. They face challenges because they know they will learn something in the process. They are solutions-orientated and don’t see problems as problems. Rather they see them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Whatever their definition of success, successful people are hungry for it. They know that life is a gift and you only get one shot at it. So you have to make the most of it while you are here. The most successful people in the world also know that real hunger comes from doing something for someone outside of yourself.
6) Persistence and resilience
Life is full of knock-backs. The difference with successful people and unsuccessful people is they keep going. They are resilient, letting nothing stand in between them and their dreams. No matter what the problem, they face it head on and look for ways to continue moving forward.
7) They believe they control their destiny
Too many people have a victim mentality. Where everything is happening to them and they have no control over anything. They blame their circumstances for their lack of success or failures. Successful people are in charge. They take control of their destiny. They rise above personal circumstances and put themselves in the driver’s seat 24/7.
Self-belief is at the core of a successful person’s mindset. They know who they are, what they have to offer and that no matter what, they will find a way to achieve their goals. They know that even if things go wrong, they will be OK and will bounce back with full force.
If you want to be successful, you have to take risks. Staying in your comfort zone and playing it safe means the level of success you’ll achieve will always be limited. Don’t get me wrong. Successful people will still have some level of fear. The difference is they don’t let that fear paralyse them. They use it to move them, gaining their certainty from knowing that no matter what happens there will always be something they can learn.
Focus and discipline are two main traits of successful people. They put in place routines and habits that will keep them on track to their goals. They get up and go to bed at the same time each day. They write to-do lists and plan their day, eliminating all distractions.
For more information on how to develop your millionaire mindset, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.zetayarwood.com
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About the Author
Zeta Yarwood is recognised as a leading Career Coach and NLP Life Coach in Dubai, helping individuals across the world to achieve success in all areas of their lives. With a degree in Psychology and over 10 years’ experience in coaching, management and recruitment – working for multinational companies and award-winning recruitment firms – Zeta is an expert in unlocking human potential. Passionate about helping people discover their strengths, talents and motivation, Zeta lives to inspire others to dream big and create the life and career they really want.