As a Naval Officer, husband, businessman, politician
and now as a mediator and philanthropist on the world
stage, Jimmy Carter has had a remarkable life. We all
know examples of people who go from one success to

These are the people who inspire me! I've studied
them, and I've noticed they have the following traits
in common:

1. They work hard!

Yes, they play hard, too! They get up early, they
rarely complain, they expect performance from others,
but they expect extraordinary performance from
themselves. Repeated, high-level success starts with a
recognition that hard work pays off.

2. They are incredibly curious and eager to learn.

They study, ask questions and read - constantly! An
interesting point, however: While most of them did
well in school, the difference is that they apply or
take advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is
not about memorizing facts, it's about being able to
take information and create, build, or apply it in new
and important ways. Successful people want to learn
everything about everything!

3. They network.

They know lots of people, and they know lots of
different kinds of people. They listen to friends,
neighbors, co-workers and bartenders. They don't have
to be "the life of the party," in fact many are quiet,
even shy, but they value people and they value
relationships. Successful people have a Rolodex full
of people who value their friendship and return their

4. They work on themselves and never quit!

While the "over-night wonders" become arrogant and
quickly disappear, really successful people work on
their personality, their leadership skills, management
skills, and every other detail of life. When a
relationship or business deal goes sour, they assume
they can learn from it and they expect to do better
next time. Successful people don't tolerate flaws;
they fix them!

5. They are extraordinarily creative.

They go around asking, "Why not?" They see new
combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities and
challenges where others see problems or limitations.
They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, "I've
got it!" They ask for advice, try things out, consult
experts and amateurs, always looking for a better,
faster, cheaper solution. Successful people create

6. They are self-reliant and take responsibility.

Incredibly successful people don't worry about blame,
and they don't waste time complaining. They make
decisions and move on. Sometimes they are criticized
for taking this to extremes - Jimmy Carter carried his
own briefcase and a President "shouldn't" do that!
Extremely successful people take the initiative and
accept the responsibilities of success.

7. They are usually relaxed and keep their

Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful
people keep their balance, they know the value of
timing, humor, and patience. They rarely panic or make
decisions on impulse. Unusually successful people
breath easily, ask the right questions, and make sound
decisions, even in a crisis.

8. Extremely successful people live in the present

They know that "Now" is the only time they can
control. They have a "gift" for looking people in the
eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal
or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They
never seem rushed, and they get a lot done! They take
full advantage of each day. Successful people don't
waste time, they use it!

9. They "look over the horizon" to see the future.

They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts, and
hear the nuances that others miss. A basketball player
wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid wearing
them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them
is an investment opportunity! Extremely successful
people live in the present, with one eye on the

10. Repeatedly successful people respond instantly!

When an investment isn't working out, they sell. When
they see an opportunity, they make the call. If an
important relationship is cooling down, they take time
to renew it. When technology or a new competitor or a
change in the economic situation requires an
adjustment, they are the first and quickest to

These traits work together in combination, giving
repeatedly successful people a huge advantage. Because
they are insatiable learners, they can respond wisely
to change. Because their personal relationships are
strong, they have good advisors, and a reserve of
goodwill when things go bad. And finally, none of
these traits are genetic! They can be learned! They
are free and they are skills you can use. Start now!


::~ My Little Life.. My Destiny.. My Diary.. ~::

::~ My Little Life.. My Destiny.. My Diary.. ~::