Money & Career
7 Things Highly Successful People Do You Might Not Be Doing
1/14/2016 2:50:41 PM


Highly successful people—for our purposes, "HSPs”—operate in specific ways, even if they don’t realize it. If you want to join the ranks of the HSPs, consider following their footsteps in one, or all, of these ways.

Acknowledge your success

But not necessarily the usual ones. For HSPs, success goes beyond finishing to-do lists. It includes things that keep their lives in balance: eating a good breakfast, exercising, spending time with family and friends, buying gas, dropping off dry cleaning and remembering to pick it up. Most people don’t acknowledge themselves for completing things like these, but what happens to your productivity when you leave them undone? And how about acknowledging yourself for your creative ideas, even if no one agrees they're possible yet?

Embrace the end of the day

It’s the perfect time to think about what you want tomorrow and long term, but it’s the worst time to beat yourself up over failures and oversights. Remember: What you think is what you get, like it or not. Fall asleep focused on what you want instead of what you don’t want.

Learn new things

If you constantly pride yourself on doing more-better-faster, you land in a success trap—constantly working longer and harder to raise the quantity-quality bar higher and higher. For staying power, you need to acknowledge yourself for slowing down to learn new skills and technologies, and for allowing your mind to wander into future possibilities and solutions. In today's business environment, creativity and innovation are becoming more important than productivity.

Share your dreams

Highly successful business people share their dreams with people who hold the details of their dream with them, people who contribute additional information and perspectives. People they can call when they come out of a meeting so devastated that their dream seems to have literally been erased from their minds. One phone call to this person can get you back on track.

Share your ideas

Going so fast that you can’t gear down to spell out the details of a task you’re delegating may seem expedient at the time. But to get the support you need from coworkers, customers and vendors, you need to share precisely what you have in mind.

Adapt and innovate

This is essential today. The marketplace is changing so rapidly that top CEOs say they don’t have a 10-year plan or even a five-minute plan. Flexibility is key. Can you think on your feet? Can you seize an opportunity that others fail to notice? Can you abandon your 10-year-ago or five-minute-ago action plan and take the next step to your dream when it presents itself?

Do something

When you’re stuck, instead of sitting and staring at your computer, get up and do something else. Go for a walk or switch to a project that requires another mindset altogether. HSPs constantly tell me their most creative solutions come when they walk away from their desk.

Susan Ford Collins is a former researcher at the National Institutes of Health who has studied HSP for more than 20 years. She is the author of the Technology of Success book series, which includes The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want.


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