What do really successful people have in common?
To provide an answer to this question, I want to look at some present day examples of successful people and a well-known historical character who for some time was not considered a success at all. In my view, really successful people have:
- A vision and set themselves clear goals
- They make these goals compelling and rewarding for themselves
- They have confidence in their ability to achieve the goals; and
- They demonstrate a commitment to succeed or show persistence in adversity.
Innovation is the key to our economic success
A recent article in the UK press claimed that Britain’s future economic success depends on building a culture that seeks out the new; in other words it depends on innovation. Richard Branson and James Dyson are two successful British entrepreneurs and businessmen who have demonstrated innovation in their products, proposition to market and appeal to customers.
Richard Branson’s story is well known – the dyslexic poor achiever at school who later discovered his ability to connect with people, who set up a business selling records in the crypt of a church at discount prices, then in 1971 set up a record company that he sold to EMI in 1992 for £500m. In his autobiography, Branson states:
‘My interest in life comes from setting myself huge apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them…from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, I felt that I had to attempt it.’
I recently saw on the Virgin Atlantic Airways website their continued emphasis on innovation and continuous improvement when I came across the concept of ‘screw BAU (business as usual)’; sometimes we need to forget why things are as they are and start with a blank piece of paper.
James Dyson’s first ‘invention’ was the Ballbarrow – a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel! In the late 1970’s, he had the idea of using cyclonic separation to create a vacuum cleaner that would not loose suction as it picked up dirt.
In 1983 the first Dyson cleaner was built, but no-one in the UK would handle the product because it threatened the valuable market in replacement bags. So Dyson launched his product in Japan and in the 1990s set-up his own manufacturing company in the UK. The success of the product was linked to a TV advert that encouraged customers to ‘say goodbye’ to replacement bags, which proved more attractive to the buying public than the suction efficient technology. By 2005 Dyson cleaners had become the market leaders in the US by value.
Learn the Secret of Success with Performing People
At Performing People, we help people to identify their special talent and then help businesses and people to be more successful. We do this by encouraging people to:
- Define a big vision for their lives
- Set out achievable goals and an action plan to achieve them
- Make their goals compelling and to keep reminding themselves of the rewards they will enjoy when they have achieved what they really want to achieve.
We help people to:
- Build confidence in their ability to achieve their goals
- Plan out smaller objectives along the way and to feel good about making progress
- Get motivated and to stay motivated through the downtimes
- Build resilience and ability to persist through adversity.
This is at the core of the Performing People 1-Day NLP for business success course.
Even heroes have their bad days too
As well as learning from successful people around us, it is also valuable to learn from role models in our past. Winston Churchill is seen by many today as a successful war leader who emerged at the right moment to lead Britain and to help save freedom and democracy; and yet throughout his long career in British politics he was often viewed as a failure and an impetuous leader who could not be trusted.
As First Lord of the Admiralty in the First World War, he proposed and supported the disastrous invasion of Gallipoli, a failure which led to his resignation. Churchill’s response was to join the army as a Major-General and fight on the Western Front.
In the 1920’s, he re-joined politics and became Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Great Strike of 1926 and was criticised for his handling of the strike and his management of the economy. By the 1930’s he was in the political wilderness, distrusted by both conservatives and liberals, his attempts to protect the Empire and warn of the dangers of German fascism seen as outdated and warmongering.
Churchill would often despair and suffer from ‘black dog’ days when he would shut himself away and not communicate. But he would always recover, because at his core was an unshakeable belief in his country, the force for good it represented in the world and in his own destiny as a leader in times of crisis. When all those around us doubt, we can hold on to the inner belief that we have a special talent and that we can learn to use our brains in a way that helps us to achieve success in our lives.
If you want to learn the Secret of Success and how to apply it in your own lives and career, then call Lyndon Price on 07971 816 550 and book on the Performing People 1-Day NLP for business success course. It will be the difference that makes the difference in your life.