7 Characteristics of Great Achievers Part 4 of 7


*I define high achievers or great achievers, the people who have gone above and beyond in any area of their lives and have accomplished more than the average person. This is not an inclusive list, but I limited it to seven. One for each day of the week.

**If you missed the previous parts, here is Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

Part 4: Great Achievers NEVER give up!

Most great people have attained their success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill.

Persistence is THE best characteristic that every successful person -in any area or field- has bar none!

If you’ve done your reading and your homework, in part 1 I told you that it’s important to know what you want, and if you understand and master part 2, you will be a very focused person because you know that every second counts and everything you do matters. Therefore, you will NOT allow any mediocrity in your life because you’ve raised your standards (and you’ve read part 3). If you learn those skills, you’re on your way to become a great achiever, and I think it’s time to define what “achieving” (as in great achiever) means:

To achieve: To reach or attain a desired objective, level or result by effort, skill or courage. Achievers attain a certain number of successes because they finish the race. You cannot be a quitter and an achiever at the same time.

Here a a few keys to help your persistence skills:

1. Realize that failure isn’t real

There is no failure… only feedback. Everything is a life learning experience. Learn and teach, be and do. Everything is a process and obstacles are usually an opportunity for growth. When you push, it’s natural to meet some resistance and the experience gives you strength. If that wasn’t the case, nobody would ever see the need for doing push ups or lifting weight. Let that sink in for a second.

2. Commit to your goal

Commit by writing it down and signing your name on it, by telling someone about it or in your own integrity. Most people who give up are those who never fully committed in the first place. You will never learn how to swim if one foot is in the water and the other on the ground. You gotta get wet! Otherwise, when you get splashed just a little bit, you’ll decide that swimming is just not for you. And this applies to any area of your life from fitness, to relationships, to business, and more.

3. Do whatever it takes

Most parents would do anything to feed their children and make sure that they are safe and healthy; they would sell their car on the spot if their kid had to go for an emergency surgery. They would pick up the phone and call everyone they know, work harder and get less sleep. If your drive to achieve a goal is that strong,nothing can stop you because you have already made up your mind that there is no other alternative.

4. Do your best

Because you don’t settle for mediocrity, you already do your best, but in doing so, remember to focus on the things you can control and let the rest work itself out.

5. Don’t focus on what can go wrong, instead focus on what will go right

This is very important because what you focus on will eventually happen.

If you have any question or feedback, feel free to comment below as I’d like to hear your thoughts.

To your success,



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