Successful People Are Not Normal!

This post is in honor of Ivan Bickett, who has taken the step of leaving his ordinary job to become extraordinarily self-employed.

Having spent the last several years reading and studying about the subject of business, and having recently been exposed to hours of interviews with highly successful people, I have uncovered these universal principles which describe the personal traits of high achievers:

26 Secrets of High Achievers

  1. They have a focused, well-defined plan: normal people don’t!
  2. They develop clear systems for discovering and implementing improvement: normal people don’t!
  3. They set lofty goals: normal people don’t!
  4. They hone in on a heartfelt reason that creates and sustains passion: normal people don’t!
  5. They implement tools for measuring success: normal people don’t!
  6. They display immense courage: normal people don’t!
  7. They develop the self-discipline to follow through on their ideas: normal people don’t!
  8. They are characterized by immediate and constant action, or “they ship a lot”: normal people don’t!
  9. They have a genuine interest in meeting the needs and desires of others: normal people don’t!
  10. They are able to instantaneously shift their personal paradigms: normal people aren’t!
  11. They truly love what they do: normal people don’t!
  12. They have the ability to walk away, or say “no” to people and situations that are not mutually beneficial: normal people don’t!
  13. They rely on the insights of wise, non-biased advisors or mentors: normal people don’t!
  14. They view failure as opportunity: normal people don’t!
  15. They outsource their weaknesses: normal people don’t!
  16. They understand people, which means they understand their business: normal people don’t!
  17. They learn to market extremely effectively and efficiently: normal people never do!
  18. They have a deep understanding of the intricacies of their chosen field: normal people don’t!
  19. They are not afraid of success: normal people are!
  20. They have a “spiritual” explanation for what they do – their calling: normal people don’t!
  21. They have the support of a loving spouse: few normal people do!
  22. They are able to ignore naysayers: normal people aren’t!
  23. They constantly learn: normal people don’t!
  24. They give freely, openly, and abundantly: normal people don’t!
  25. They are uncompromising in their personal ethical convictions: normal people aren’t!
  26. They discover how to meld their uniqueness with a market niche: normal people never do!

I don’t want to be normal.

About Curtis Hollembeak

Psalm 118:14, "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." Curtis currently lives in Rockford, IL with his wife and three children. Curtis works as church and school music director at the Berean Baptist Church. He has been a music educator and director for over 15 years.
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2 Responses to Successful People Are Not Normal!

  1. Ivan Bickett says:

    Wow! I’m honored that I would inspire this POWERFUL list! I wish I lived up to all these points. BUT I AM WORKING TOWARDS THEM!!!

    ~Ivan

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