Living our lives to the fullest is actually easier said than done. In essence, all of us want to complete our lives with no regrets and reach our full potential along the way. There are many ways to define success, and no one definition is correct. Some people define winning as achieving great wealth, while others belief that finding happiness with a loved one is true success. Some people love the fast paced life of chasing after their ambitions, while others prefer a slow and peaceful life quietly doing what they love out of the limelight.
Whatever your individual definition of success and winning is, it’s never easy to get what you want. However, in the process of achieving your ambitions and dreams, these values will set you apart and give you’re the edge you need:
The Ability to Never Give Up
Entrepreneurs like the indomitable Jack Ma didn’t start with silver spoons in their mouths. They had to encounter repeated rejections and business failures before one business model finally worked out for them. This means that if you want to one day succeed at anything, you absolutely cannot give up.
The road to success if often paved with disappointment, betrayals and lost hope. However, if you let these bring you down, then you’ve truly lost. You have to realize that failure is very normal and everyone fails in life. Failure should be taken as a lesson, not as a roadblock to achieving whatever goals you have set for yourself.
The Ability to Accept Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses
Successful people never try to be something they are not. They can identify from very early on what their strengths and best skills are. They also know what their key weakness is and strive to improve on it. When you know what your key skills and abilities are, you will be able to use it to your advantage to take you higher in the world, and closer to your goals in life.
Warren Buffet is one example of an entrepreneur who knew that he wasn’t academically inclined and struggled to fit in at school. However, he knew from a very young age that he had a knack for business and started his own newspaper delivery business while he was still a child. This small project of his became very successful and he went on this path without looking back.
Being Unafraid of Hard Work
In life, you will never achieve anything without hard work and sacrifice. This means giving up time and other resources in order to better yourself. Whether it means putting in more hours, learning more things or gaining more paper qualifications, success does not come easily. This is especially true in the marketplace where there are many competitors. You cannot sit back and expect opportunities to just fall from the sky. You will have to go out and form relationships and networks. You will have to follow-up with clients and customers; you will have to ensure that your brand stands out from the rest.
There is no reward for those who are entitled. You have to realize that no one owes you anything and therefore you will have to make an effort to attain that achievement. In essence, there is no shortcut to success. Any success attained by dishonest means, such as cheating and bribery, will eventually be exposed and everything you have will be lost. To be a winner in life, you must not fear hard work and must be willing to go the extra mile.
The Ability to Empathize with Others
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others. This ability will help you form useful relationships throughout your life. It’s important to have meaningful relationships that are sincere and not based on profit. This is especially true when you need help from the people around you. No one can predict how your life will turn out and you may need to reach out for help when the going gets tough.
Having empathy will also allow you to better manage employees and clients, if you should encounter them. This will definitely make success easier for you in the long run, as you will face less animosity and pushback. Empathy will allow you to be generous and kind to those around you, which will no doubt make others admire you in the long run.
The Ability to Take Risks
Winners would not be winners if they did not take a calculated risk. Everyone can reach a place in life where they are comfortable. However, nothing can truly come out of being stuck in your comfort zone for extended periods of time. As a winner, you must not settle for a mediocre life filled with unrealized dreams. Instead, you should constantly be on the move. This requires a certain sense of courage to move out of your comfort zone and try something completely new. In certain cases, you may even be labeled crazy or foolish.
However, calculated risks are what set the most successful people apart from those who settle for unhappy and mediocre lives. Whether it’s a new business venture, or leaving a dead-end job, taking risks will always mean that you’re in a better place than you were before. Whether your new venture works out or not, you will at least have the added wisdom of experience.
The Ability to Forget the Past
Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born into a happy and prosperous family. Many of us may have had a rough childhood or traumatic experiences in our past. The ability to succeed in life and to find happiness is dependent on our ability not to be defined by our past. This means not being dragged down by past hurts and disappointments. We have to be able to look to the future and put our best foot forward.
It is important to keep in mind that we are not defined by any bad past experiences. Instead, we are defined by our reactions and attitudes towards these experiences. If someone has abused us in the past, it is our duty not to repeat that behavior on anybody else. We must break the cycle of trauma.
The Ability to be Optimistic
Being optimistic is actually easier said than done. When the going gets tough and when you face one failure after another, it’s easier to just see the negative side of things. It’s never easy to hold on to hope. However, looking at the bright side of things is what you must do. The ability to see the bright side of every situation will keep you going when you have hit rock bottom. As long as you are alive, you have hope for a better and brighter future.
Your source of motivation can spell the difference between succeeding in life and settling for mediocrity. In order to complete something successfully, it’s important to have the correct source of motivation. You have to ensure that your source of motivation isn’t just rooted in something shallow like needing to show off or to exact revenge. It has to come from a much deeper source that will eventually carry you through hard and challenging times.
Whatever your definition of winning in life is, one thing stays the same and that is your ability to stay true to yourself and your dreams. Remember that your end goal is to achieve these dreams and you will be well on your way to greater things.