“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed).”
– Dr. Seuss
It’s the other 99% who live with unfulfilled potential and hold onto talents that are never used. They allow excuses, fear of failure, laziness and a lack of commitment and purpose to distort their vision and effort.
They will call those that succeed “lucky”. However, their narrow-mindedness misses a critical point: the harder you work, the luckier you tend to be.
They will say “Why not me?”. The answer is simple; instead of complaining, make the appropriate changes in your life that will get you on the right track so it can be you who succeeds.
The worst mindset to have? Entitlement. You aren’t owed anything in this world, you have to work for it. If you want it bad enough, go out and earn it, but don’t have the notion that anything is automatic.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams
Enough about the 99%, I want to focus on YOU, the one percent who wake up each day with a purpose and mission to make an impact. YOU are inspired, and YOU inspire others by your gratitude, actions and examples. YOU are a different breed.
Top Ten Characteristics that set the one percent apart:
When you have an intense desire to succeed, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals and your passion becomes the fuel that drives you.
It’s about doing the right thing despite influence or personal gain. It’s what separates good from great.
Leaders find the good all around them and acknowledge it. If you want to earn respect, focus on recognizing improvement rather than criticizing faults. Every day that you wake up, you already have something to be grateful for.
- Goal setters
Effective leaders live life according to the goals they set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. These goals provide direction, and without that, you end up being lost.
Fail, fail and fail again! Don’t call yourself a leader unless you can show me all the mistakes it took to get where you are today. Successful people understand that failure is a part of the process, they get back up when they get knocked down. Believe in yourself, don’t allow any barrier to detour you from success.
Positivity is a choice. Speak positivity into those around you and it will come back to you. Advice: surround yourself with those who you admire, respect and aspire to model and eliminate the dead weight and negativity around you.
Mindset is everything. When you master your mindset, you have the ability to achieve the level of success you desire. A mindset is simply a belief. As a result, a mindset can be changed, influenced, learned and reinforced. Mindset allows you to value the process vs. the result and cultivates a sense of purpose.
We have heard the phrase, “never stop learning because life never stops teaching”: those words couldn’t be more right. Challenge and motivate yourself to grow through knowledge, reading, listening, watching and asking questions. Those aren’t weaknesses, they are examples of what it takes to be an effective leader.
We all need somebody to challenge our thought, ask the tough questions and provide us education through self-discovery in order to succeed. If you are willing, there are mentors all around you. Don’t wait for them to find you, reach out and communicate your passion for growth and ask for their time. Leadership is a privilege and if they follow that mantra, they understand that they have an obligation to pay it forward.
These are the leaders who are courageous, bold innovators and have an unwavered entrepreneurial spirit about them. Their oxygen comes four words, “It. Can’t. Be. Done.” They thrive outside the comfort zone and take calculated risks to achieve their goals.
Be the one percent who lives by the fact that there is no substitute for hard work. Day in, day out — commit yourself to giving all of yourself toward making an impact, empowering others and eliciting the greatness in people around you to make a difference in your family, work and community. One percent is a misleading number; with a focused effort, you have the ability to affect the other 99%’s belief in themselves, to rediscover their passion, find the positivity, listen to the mentors and change their environment to grow.
Are you with me, 99%? Let’s do it…