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Have you ever met a successful person, or admired someone from afar, whom inspired you to get where you are today?

Successful people seem to possess the sort of luck that other people do not have the good fortune to have.  That is how it can look if you watch tv or read any magazines but that is not how it is in real life.  What most people do not see is that successful people worked long and hard to get to where they are today. It doesn’t just happen overnight despite how it may appear. There are traits that successful people have in common which could be implemented for everyone so that they too can enjoy some of these same successes.  Here are three traits that everyone can use to become more successful in their day to day endeavors.  No matter where you are now, you can begin to implement these traits into your every day life and begin on your more empowered and, hopefully, successful journey.

1. Time Management

Everyone has the same amount of time. The only difference between successful and unsuccessful people with this is the management of their time.  There are tons of books and resources on how to effectively improve your time management.  Just choose one and go.  It is amazing how much progress you can make in a short amount of time but you have to start somewhere.  If you are always running late and your desk is such a mess that you are constantly losing things, this takes time and a toll on your productivity.  Once you reach the level of Donald Trump you can hire someone to do this for you if it is not one of your strengths.  Until then, figure out a system and use your time more wisely.

2.  Always Be Learning

Learning and being interested in a variety of topics, and the possibilities on how to do this, are limitless.  Get on the internet and take a course or a tutorial.  Take a class at your local learning annex.  Sign up for that rowing class you’ve always been interested in.  Keep stretching yourself and get out of your comfort zone.  If you keep on doing the same actions you will most likely continue to get the same results.  When you reach out into new areas you open yourself up to seeing things you didn’t have access to before.  You meet new people who will contribute to you in ways that you did not imagine.  Sharing your knowledge is important as well.  How can you mentor others who are coming up the same path you did?  Sharing your knowledge and things you have learned along the way is beneficial to you and the recipient as well.

4.  Be a Team Player

Not only does this help you get where you want to be but it makes the journey a lot more pleasant along the way.  Cooperating with one another will make the process much easier compared to always being the “Yeah, but” person.  What difference would it make if you approached tasks as “How do I make this as easy as possible for myself and the people around me today?”  Where can you take responsibility for how you are being with your colleagues?  Do you make it easy or hard for them to get their job done?  It is a lot easier and productive to go with the flow of the river than constantly be damming it up with your roadblocks.  When you help others they will go out of their way to help you as well.  It is a win/win for everyone.

 

Everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of these traits.  They were not magically bestowed on some people and not others.  You get to decide if you want to take advantage of them or not and begin to create a better life for yourself.

 

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