THE Top 19 Habits of Insanely Successful and Passionate People
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
If I were in a conference room, giving a keynote speech with the title as in the headline, asking the plenum:
„Please raise your hand, if you are daily doing things you are really but REALLY passionate about?“
With an high probability I’ld get two kind of reactions from the audience: #1 and #2!
#1 is“I Don’t Know What I’m Passionate About”and#2 is“What If I Fail?“
And I’d say:
„It is fine. You’re not alone. Those were the TOP 2 (out of 15) most common reasons, in my personal research, why we continue to work in jobs, we don’t love.“
They are more common than you think. In fact, they are always the most common excuses, AND they never quite go away, EVER! Stop thinking you’re crazy. You’re normal.
We all have – me inclusive – those doubts. But tt’s what we do after, that counts.
News Flash: Quitting your job before taking some simple steps to guarantee success is just crazy though. So please do not dot it !
Sometimes, the best way to find and do work you love is to look for better opportunities at your current company and even better to RE-DESIGN and ENRICH your actual work, with the help of your supervisor and the HR department and some good corporate buddies and/or mentors.
Job enrichment is KEY.
Especially for most of us who are risk-averse, this is frequently the best course of action.
Why leave a (paid) job, until you have an idea of what it is you’re passionate about and how to turn that passion into a career? Why not take some proven steps to discover your passions AND minimize the risk?
Many times our dream jobs exist within the companies, we already work for! This should be your holy grail, your Jackpot in Las Vegas!
Now, let’s dig into how a Living Superhero behaves and see what we can learn. Let’s overcome these excuses and fears that are holding us back, together!
What are those certain characteristics and habits of highly successful, highly passionate people?
Over the past decade, I’ve made a deep study of hundreds of what I call Living Superheros: those who spend their time putting their unique dent in the world. I’ve been on a quest to understand how they got there, and what do they do differently than the rest of the world.
Their stories continually blow my minds, and their habits and beliefs which create their success are truly magic.
Put simply, Living Superheros do things differently. These are the tenets that guide their actions. The great news is there’s nothing stopping you from adopting them as your own.
If we are going to change the world by doing work we love, then the PRINCIPLES/HABITS below become requirements. As you read through, pick out your top 2-3 which resonate the most for you.
REMEMBER: To be a Superhero, you do need not only a NEW MIND-SET, but also a NEW FEEL- & A NEW ACT-SET
CURIOSITY > Try new things. Constantly experiment with new people, jobs, projects and experiences. See what sticks. Without experiments, we’ll never learn anything. Without learning, we’ll get nowhere. Consider your life a series of experiments (with your professional career as an unique-awesome „work-in-progress-bio„) both big and small. Always test ideas prototypes. Do not spend too much time in trying to be perfect from the beginning and have the „perfect business plan and/or product“. Live outside your comfort zone and don’t underestimate the importance of being a beginner.
COMPETITION > compete with your ego, not with others. Measure against your own standards, not others. All of us have different definitions of success and goals that likely have nothing to do with those around us. So stop comparing yourself to others. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, and you’ll either feel overly confident or overly disappointed. Either way, it’s not useful. You are your own comparison – be better today than you were yesterday! What about if you define your success, based on the efforts you put every days in BECOMING DAILY THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF?!
SELF-KNOWLEDGE > Know who you are. The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to do work that matters. Study your strengths, know your weaknesses, identify your values, and learn the things which bring you excitement and make you tremble. Take all the tests and evaluations you can find. Begin to live a life congruent with your values, strengths and purpose, and you’ll never look back. Do things for the wrong reasons, and there will be nothing but disappointment. No sleepwalking allowed!
FREEDOM > Realize you’re already free. Freedom doesn’t come from huge financial achievement or the ability to live in some little hut over a Tahitian lagoon. Freedom in its purest form is the ability to choose the way we interpret what happens to us. We can either see life’s occurrences, good or bad, as reasons to pursue what matters, or we can see them as excuses to sit on our ass. The choice is yours. All the freedom you’ll ever need is already here. Start acting like it.
ACTION > control your reactions. If a passionate person gets fired, she/he brushs it off and get excited about the opportunity the lost job must be presenting. You can’t control what happens, but you can control your reaction to it. What challenges have come up today? How could you reframe them? The juiciest possibilities often have the best disguises. Notice them.
CREATIVITY > Create space. If you don’t give big ideas room, they’ll never show up. Purpose and passion are no different. Lack of space creates pressure – the ultimate killer of creativity. And nothing requires more creative juices than passion. Start small with five minutes each morning, and always schedule downtime. Start walking to work instead of taking the bus. Don’t multitask. Get out in nature. Just be, let things flow and see what comes up. Give yourself permission to dream. Passion thrives in emptiness.
BENCHMARKING > Learn constantly from those around you. Every interaction is a chance to either learn what fires you up or what makes you want to put a wet finger in a light socket. Knowing one is just as crucial as knowing the other. Embrace your surroundings. You do not need to go into school or in a class to learn. Observe closely. For example, if you are walking on the street be a „60 minutes street student“, observing and talking daily to people from who you can learn something new and useful. (see also # 12).
CHALLENGE > Challenge the norm. Assume there’s another way. Ask questions. Don’t take things as gospel just because this is how they’ve always been done. Don’t passively listen to those around you. Question everything you’ve been doing and are about to do, especially if you don’t enjoy it. Is it really what you want? Is it in line with who you are? Perhaps there’s a better way. There often is.
BELIEF > Believe in what you do. If you don’t have a deep emotional reason for doing the work you do, you’ll likely never do what matters. Know your beliefs. Why do you care so much about the things you do? Nothing big happens without the right reasons. Does what you’re doing actually matter? If you can’t put your heart into it, then get yourself out of it.
EXPLORE > Constantly seek adventure and explore. Nothing adds more clarity to most of life’s confusions than seeing new things. Get out and explore foreign worlds. Spending too much time in one environment makes most people feel like it’s the only way. We assure you it’s not. Notice how different cultures do things differently. Defining moments come when your perspective changes, when you see the world in a different way, when you get out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s seeing a town across the world or across your state, adventure has to be a priority. Your mind will never be the same.
IMPROVEMENT > Scare yourself. Passionate people thrive off uncertainty. If you aren’t doing things that give you a few goose bumps, then you’re either not learning, or you’re dying or bored out of your mind. None of which are good. Do something at least mildly uncomfortable daily. This could be as small as making a phone call or sharing your art with someone. Be vulnerable. There’s a pretty direct correlation between pushing limits and epic living. Uncertainty is a sign that what you’re doing actually matters.
LEARNING > Be a constant learner. Become obsessed with learning everything you can find – new skills, approaches, ideas – you name it. If it interests you, then it’s important enough to get in your brain. We have to fuel what excites us. Commit to going to bed each day at least slightly wiser than when you woke up. The results will add up. Read books, take courses, and work with experts. Do it all. Do nothing but this, and we guarantee you’ll do work that lights you on fire. Be a sponge.
PROCESS-FOCUS > Focus on the process, not the outcome. Stop worrying about getting there. You never will, anyway. All the fun is along the trail with you. It’s impossible to enjoy it if you’re dazed by the blurry horizon that never actually gets any closer. Embrace persistence. Learn to love the process and everything becomes epic.
CHANGE ADDICTION > Love change. How else are you going to get where you want to be? Change is going to happen no matter what, so you might as well get used to it. Adopt these habits and you can be sure the change to come is for the better.
EXCELLENCE > Model excellence. For just about every goal someone has, there are likely at least a handful of people who’ve already done it. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Find the people who live the life you want to live. Those who’ve experienced the dreams you’ve always had. Find models for everything. Take note of the good and the bad. Adopt the former and drop the latter. With the right models, you can do anything.
TEST > Test what’s possible. We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Most things are not as impossible as we think. The only way to find out is to try. This is as important physically as it is with business. When we start to do things we didn’t used to think were possible, the newfound confidence transfers to all kinds of other parts of life. If you just pushed yourself over the finish line of your first marathon (or 5k for that matter), then why couldn’t you also find a way to double your business’ sales next year? If something seems impossible to you, find those who have done it, learn from them and try it. You’ll start to impress yourself. Then watch out. Go on and do something impossible.
ATTENTION > Take notes. New things are constantly happening. Keep a journal of what inspires and excites you. Let your thoughts run wild. Most importantly, keep a running list (or pinterest board) of what inspires you: books, magazines, movies, people, products, music, stories, careers, everything. Most people have a brush with passion almost daily. Unfortunately, we’re often too busy thinking of our 97-item to-do list to take in the education. Any time something catches your eye or excites you, open up your journal and get it onto paper. Over the years you will have a running story of how you might enjoy spending your time. This isn’t a test run. Live accordingly.
ACT > Act on what you learn. None of this advice matters if you don’t get out and actually do something with the information and the tools you’ve developed along the way. It’s not just about finishing a book, completing a course, reading a blog post or having a chat with a wild new person. The magic doesn’t happen in the learning.
JOYFUL PEOPLE > Surround yourself with passionate and joyful people. This is the foundation. Most people don’t believe you can do work you love because they’re constantly around people who hate their jobs and don’t know what excites them. This has to change – NO, this MUST change. Those around you have everything to do with your success and your belief in what’s possible. You’ll either rise up or sink down depending on who’s next to you. Passion is contagious. You must have an environment that embodies it. You need a support crew who believes what you believe; people who dream as big as you or bigger. Not only will they give you ideas, but they’ll support the belief that doing what you love is the norm. They fuel our passion and make the unthinkable possible, even normal. You’ll begin to expect the same of yourself. The fastest way to do things you think are impossible is by surrounding yourself with people already doing them. Learn from greatness, surround yourself with greatness – physically and virtually and imaginary, whatever works!!
REMBER THE TRIAD: THINK > FEEL > ACT.
Learning’s an important step, but it’s still just the first one. The magic and the transformation happens in the action you take as a result. Don’t read any further if you don’t plan to act on what we shared. Seriously.
Take action on any one of the habits, TODAY! Add them to your repertoire one-by-one and you’ll feel an amazing transformation happening. A sense of purpose and passion!
Most importantly, do not live a life of regret. Avoid should-have’s and what-if’s. Dreams not pursued. Truly, REGRET IS REALLY THE ONLY THING WE SHOLD FEAR, when we leave this place, called earth….
Living a a life of purpose and passion as a superhero is just that—a way of life. Those who wake up excited aren’t just the lucky ones; they have conditioned themselves through daily habits to experience and deserve the life of their dreams.
They put the time and effort in—and at any cost. It’s hard work. But it’s fulfilling work you’ll never regret when you look back from your deathbed.
Simple habits. Profound habits. These 19 habits separate the Legends from the rest of the world. Practice these daily. Make them routine.
Get them right and the outcomes will start to blow your mind.
There is no more “later.” It’s NOW!
Can you guess which habit is “the can’t-fail strategy that is right in front of you that you likely aren’t using.”
A strategy used by all successful people?
The one thing that you can do so that you are “pulled effortlessly” to success…
It’s likely not what you think, but It will become obvious to you in future posts, hang tight!
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Article’s Author: Marco Giannecchini, M.D., Country Medical Lead at Syneos Health Commercial. In my „past life“ I have been PHYSICIAN (NEUROLOGY & PSYCHIATRY), KEY NOTE SPEAKER („FLOW into Results“), ENTREPRENEUR („MSL Excellence Academy“), AUTHOR (TRANSFORMATION), CAREER TRANSITION COACH, CONSULTANT (MEDICAL AFFAIRS LAUNCHES), HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINER. Disclaimer: This article reflects only my own opinion. It is not related to any work done at my actual employer.