Researchers and experts periodically turn out intriguing answers to this question (mindsetmatters hugely, for example, and apparently so does your network). But each of these findings seems like just one piece of the puzzle. If you could assemble all the pieces, what would you see?
The answer would probably look a lot like a recent blog post from Farnam Street. The piece pulls together wisdom from both science and thought leaders like Ryan Holiday, Ramit Sethi and Seth Godin to come up with an incredibly comprehensive list of the differences between elite performers and amateurs. Here are some of the most intriguing:
Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism.
Amateurs value isolated performance. Think about the receiver who catches the ball once on a difficult throw. Professionals value consistency. Can I catch the ball in the same situation 9 times out of 10?
Amateurs give up at the first sign of trouble and assume they're failures. Professionals see failure as part of the path to growth and mastery.
Amateurs don't have any idea what improves the odds of achieving good outcomes. Professionals do.
Amateurs focus on identifying their weaknesses and improving them. Professionals focus on their strengths and on finding people who are strong where they are weak.
What should you do with this information? Besides just being a valuable compendium of wisdom on achieving success, the massive run down of characteristics of the super accomplished could serve as a self-diagnostic checklist, allowing you to uncover areas to improve in order to increase your chances of making it big. So check out the complete post for more details if you're intrigued.
Dan Swanson and Associates, Ltd.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle