The 7 Behaviors that all successful people exhibit.

The 7 Behaviors that all successful people exhibit.

The key to success lies in how well you create an “attitude of success”. My research has shown me that there are seven behaviors that all successful people exhibit.

  When these behaviors are implemented in the highest levels of an organization and are combined with the correct attitude, they cascade down through the organization.

Successful business owners understand that the organization they manage takes on the attitude of the top person in the organization, and they strive to ensure that their behaviors reflect these seven characters.

  1. Selfishness
  2. Focus
  3. Discipline
  4. Persistence
  5. Ownership
  6. Orientation toward Results
  7. Focus on people

1. Selfishness: 

When I say successful companies are selfish, I am not referring to the childish behavior of everything is “mine, mine, mine.” I am referring to a mature selfishness that allows you to make decisions based on the outcomes you want to experience.

Being selfish asks, “How do I protect my time, energy and money so I am only spending them on those things that will take me close to my goals?”  This kind of selfishness allows you to make sure your precious resources are only being spent on activities that benefit your company.

Until you can define the types of customers you want to attract and the problems you can fix for them, it is very hard to be selfish.

2. Focus

It is very hard for a company to be focused if you don’t know where you are going. The dictionary defines focus as “close or narrow attention; concentration.” Without a clear perspective, you cannot focus on the desired outcome.

It is too easy to become distracted, unorganized, and inconsistent. When you understand what it is you are to be selfish about, you generate a clear focus a sense of purpose.

3. Discipline

Discipline is controlled behavior resulting from training and self-control.  Your mind is made up. You have decided to achieve your marketing goals. Being disciplined means you will not abandon your goals.

Discipline has taught you that business life is not smooth and that there will be rough spots.

Experience has taught you that by being disciplined, you can get through the tough spots. Your eye is on the target, and you have the discipline of a laser-guided missile; you seek out your objectives, and your focus never falters

4. Persistence

Webster’s dictionary defines “persistence” as the continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.

 Once you take the time to create a marketing strategy and implement a marketing plan, your goals will be clear and when you are focused, disciplined, and selfish, your persistence allows you to see any unplanned obstacle not as problems, but as opportunities.

After all, if it was easy, anyone could accomplish what you are accomplishing. But not everyone is on the field of battle with you. They see an obstacle and stop.  You see an obstacle and see opportunities.

5. Ownership

Ownership is the state of being an owner. It is taking the legal right to the possession of a thing.

Not only tangible things, but also your dreams, your goals, your business, and your life; if you do not take ownership of achieving your dream, who will?

 As Jesse Livermore said, “There are only two emotions in the market which is hope and fear.  The problem is you hope when you should fear, and you fear when you should hope.”

But not you.  Your fear is motivation to move you forward because you learned that when you take action, you get the result.

You always hope for the best and plan for the worst. You are ready for what life throws at you. You have to be.

 Taking ownership is about change making a change to move forward, changing behaviors that are not working, and dealing with the world as it is and not you want it to be.

You own the outcome because you are clear about where you want to go, and you take ownership of it.  With ownership, you know that if you are not getting your desired results, you can take action and change the outcome.

Ownership is so very empowering. You know that if you do not have the skills, you can learn or hire someone to teach you.

6 Orientation toward results

Results mean ending in a particular way. Once you define your goals the outcomes you want to achieve and how you want things to end, you can take ownership to create your desired outcomes. You can create the results.

When you don’t get the results you want, you fall back on persistence, ownership, focus, and discipline, and know that you have the skills, the drive, the desire, the knowledge, and the road map that will take you where you want to go.

Results are simply a way of measuring your success. You either get the job done, or you don’t. If you don’t because of your ownership, you go back and try something different.

No excuses. No remorse. Only results. You understand, as Yoda once said, that “there is no trying; only doing.”

Remember they pay you for the result you bring, not the degrees you have.

7 Focus on people

All successful people understand that their success comes with, and through, other people.

Successful people recognize these individuals and appreciate them for their contribution to the results.  They will also assume complete responsibility for things not working. They must because there is no other course of action when you are the owner and take ownership.

Remember life don’t give you what you want but want you to fight for.


No one plans on being mediocre; mediocrity happens when you don’t plan. If you want to succeed, learn the traits that will make you successful and plan on living them out every day.

Be humble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are, and who you have always been.

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