Photo: Son's baseball team. Atlanta, 2016
Irrespective of field or profession, those who achieve at top levels have these 5 common characteristics:
1. Self-confidence - Winners have a deep seated believe in themselves, they are comfortable with who they are and they love themselves enough to believe that they are capable of completing any task they take on. Sure, no one is good at everything, however, self confidence is built over time by finding and recognizing your strengths, building on them, continuously self-developing and positioning yourself for success in your field. Whether you're an athlete, an entertainer, a network marketing distributor, a teacher, a lawyer, a stylist, etc ... you can only excel and make a difference that others would like to emulate by first believing in yourself and your capabilities. This is a core characteristic of all who deliver results.
2. Risk-takers - Winners are generally unafraid of the unknown, or let's say they know how to move pass fear. Unlike most people, they dare to step into areas others would rather leave alone. You must be willing to embrace change and all the discomfort that comes with it; you notice this in leaders who tackle legislature that may be unpopular but which they believe to be right for their people, you see it in athletes who attempt moves that could cost them a win but offer a chance at scoring, in entrepreneurs who invest time and money into new 'risky' ventures, doctors who attempt new medical procedures, etc. Great things often lie just outside of our comfort zones and winners are always willing to go there. Backed by self-confidence and unafraid of 'failure', winners look forward to trying new things and conquering in new areas.