8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do

Posted on Dec 6 2012 - 7:46am by Funky Dineva

When starting Funky Dineva.com and deciding to live solely off its revenue along with that from YouTube, I had no backup plan. I just knew it had to work. I wrote my reality. I told the universe how things were gonna be. ~Funky Dineva

I know that there is someone out there today who needs this. There really isn’t a rule book to success. However, there are some undeniable traits that must exist in order for success to be acheieved. I know we have all stumble across cliche’ how to books on success from time to time, however, this article that I am sharing with you guys is the truth. I’m not telling you what I heard, I’m telling you what i know. Hell, I’m living it. Get you some! I’ll some you at the top. Check out the 8 habits of remarkably successful people.

1. They don’t create back-up plans.

Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.

You’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment–without a safety net–will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.

If somehow the worst does happen (and the “worst” is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will.

2. They do the work…

You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort.

But you can’t be great–at anything–unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort.

Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you’ll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills.

There are no shortcuts. There are no overnight successes. Everyone has heard about the 10,000 hours principle but no one follows it… except remarkably successful people.

So start doing the work now. Time is wasting.

3.  …and they work a lot more.

Forget the Sheryl Sandberg “I leave every day at 5:30” stories. I’m sure she does. But she’s not you.

Every extremely successful entrepreneur I know (personally) works more hours than the average person–a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time.

Better yet, they want to put in lots of time.

If you don’t embrace a workload others would consider crazy then your goal doesn’t mean that much to you–or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won’t be remarkably successful.

4. They avoid the crowds.

Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd–no matter how trendy the crowd or “hot” the opportunity–is a recipe for mediocrity.

Remarkably successful people habitually do what other people won’t do. They go where others won’t go because there’s a lot less competition and a much greater chance for success.

5. They start at the end…

Average success is often based on setting average goals.

Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal.

Then you can work backwards and lay out every step along the way.

Never start small where goals are concerned. You’ll make better decisions–and find it much easier to work a lot harder–when your ultimate goal is ultimate success.

6. … and they don’t stop there.

Achieving a goal–no matter how huge–isn’t the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.

Maybe you want to create a $100 million business; once you do you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then…

The process of becoming remarkably successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be remarkably successful in many other fields.

Remarkably successful people don’t try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races.

7. They sell.

I once asked a number of business owners and CEOs to name the one skill they felt contributed the most to their success. Each said the ability to sell.

Keep in mind selling isn’t manipulating, pressuring, or cajoling. Selling is explaining the logic and benefits of a decision or position. Selling is convincing other people to work with you. Selling is overcoming objections and roadblocks.

Selling is the foundation of business and personal success: knowing how to negotiate, to deal with “no,” to maintain confidence and self-esteem in the face of rejection, to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, to build long-term relationships…

When you truly believe in your idea, or your company, or yourself then you don’t need to have a huge ego or a huge personality. You don’t need to “sell.”

You just need to communicate.

8. They are never too proud.

To admit they made a mistake. To say they are sorry. To have big dreams. To admit they owe their success to others. To poke fun at themselves. To ask for help.

To fail.

And to try again.


Article copied in its entirety from www.Inc.com written by Jeff Hadden

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  1. tflowers May 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks Ms. Dineva! Most def helpful

  2. Jhona December 31, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Good info! Some things I knew, but you gave me more insight. Thanks for the advice and I am ready to finish planning and moving foward!! Check out my port btw..

  3. SPILL IT!!!! December 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks Ms. Dineva! I really needed this inspiration.

  4. Ade December 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this.

  5. sharron December 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Great Inspiration for a lifetime! Thanx funkyyyyy D.

  6. dena December 6, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    OMG!!!! FD i just saw a book in the grocery store this morning about the same thing and thought I need to buy that book. What you say about divine intervention. thank you i needed this post.

  7. April December 6, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Awesome article!! Thank you for posting this!

  8. Trayce December 6, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Great Article.

  9. MsDtown December 6, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Oh yes! I really needed this today.

  10. Dionne December 6, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Great article. I am ready to move on to what I want to do. As much as I love your video reviews, I have to say that my absolute favorite video is the one that you did with the two guys who interviewed you. Hearing your “testimony” was quite inspiring. “Dare to be Happy” really stuck out. You said you wasted 7 years in corporate America; however according to the bible, nothing is ever wasted. And you know that 7 is the number of completion. That was something you were supposed to do and then it was over.

  11. Vanity Jonez December 6, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Thank you for the encouragement…. see you @ the top!

  12. KristiLuv December 6, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I sooooo needed to read this!


  13. Sincerely CoCo December 6, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    GREAT READ…quite a few things I’ll definitely implement.

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