How to become wealthy. Learn from the mistakes of others. Seek out successful people and follow their behavior as a model.
Who’s Who In America, the top individuals in any field possess five qualities:
#1 Uncommon common sense
The respondents had the ability to learn from their experiences and not repeat their mistakes. They determined what worked and what didn’t, and pursued what worked.
This is more than IQ, or what grades you received in school. Some of those polled didn’t do particularly well in college, if they graduated at all. Many successful entrepreneurs display the same traits of impatient curiosity exhibited by children with attention deficit disorder. The two key forms of intelligence needed to succeed in life are social intelligence, which is the ability to get along well with a large variety of people, and entrepreneurial intelligence, defined as the ability to see opportunities for profit that others might miss. These two forms of intelligence are not covered by standard IQ tests, and are rarely tested in school. Perhaps intelligence is best revealed by the behavior it exhibits. Intelligence is as intelligence does.
#3 Job excellence
Successful people do their jobs well. They are expert at what they do and become recognized as top performers. Above average performance isn’t enough; you must achieve excellence. If you dedicate yourself to pursuing excellence, after seven years of putting your whole heart into it, you will be in the top 1-2% of your field, and you will earn 20 to 30 times more than those performing at average levels.
#4 Self reliance
Top performers consider themselves the primary motivating, creative force in their own lives. In their minds, they are responsible for their own success. Thus, they refuse to make excuses or blame others. If you’re a top producer, you think of yourself as the leading actor on the stage of your life.
#5 Result orientation
People who have attained excellence focus continually on getting results. They are single-minded, intent on what it takes to get the job done.
Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, is a trainer, consultant, motivator, and author of the best-selling Create Your Own Future, among many other books. He addresses up to 450,000 people a year.