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The most successful people, don't tell

The most successful people, don't tell

Have you ever noticed that the most successful people don't talk about how good they are?

In business, I am constantly meeting people who tell me how great they are. Women that sprout, "I won this award and that" and men that tell you how much money they want you to think they make.

On Facebook, I see all day long, people posting the works of their publicists in the media that may be no relevance to their friends and often an embellished version of the facts. Yet, they do it time and time again. They want you to think and believe that they are successful. Yet the word successful is such an ambiguous word. It is only relevant to an individual and cannot really be defined by a story in a newspaper or a monetary transaction.

The people I know that are truly successful, don't tell you that they are. You know by the fact that they listen to everything you say and ask the right questions. They treat everyone as equals regardless of whether they are cleaners in their houses or the President of the United States.

They don't talk about their private jets, big boats or unbelievable homes. Instead, they ask you about you. They are as interested in what you are achieving as they are about what they are doing. They know by asking the right questions and learning about others around them, they too may walk away with an idea or two that may change the landscape in some way.

Many successful people I know don't drive the latest motor vehicles or even fly in private jets for that matter. But they may have a nice house, or take holidays with their families. They tend to work long hours and navigate balance - which is hard to achieve as we all know.

Do you know successful people like this?

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  • CHAT
    02 Oct 2014

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  • Jessica Rice
    Jessica Rice
    29 May 2012

    Yes, my Father is just like that! The successful person with the nice house who takes holiday's to the beach with the family but also works overseas away from my Mum and us children 8 months of the year.

    He is ridiculously intelligent but does not go around gloating about his PHD or his amazing research in his field. He has time to speak and listen to everyone and provides great encouragement along the way. He learns just as much from others as they do from him.

    I guess true success occurs in those who are humble about it. They don't have ambitious goals to achieve just so they can boast about them, they achieve them for their own personal satisfaction.

  • Sandra
    29 May 2012

    Being a successful person doesn't have to do with material possessions. However, a successful person is perceived to have a job that is high paying and respectable, which allows them to buy many nice things such as a private jet or a nice house. I think a successful person is one that sets goals and achieves them. It doesn't matter what job they have - they continue to work hard, thrive on challenges and overcome obstacles that get in their way. I agree that they do not boast about themselves and genuinely care about other people.

  • David
    29 May 2012

    I have seen countless times on facebook, a photo of someone holding a couple hundred bucks in thier hand to show off how much they made from a small job or won at the pokies. Most people will envy about how they were able to make easy money, not me however. Them being young, I safely assume that thier money will be wasted in one way or another and i've been saving my money for years. So the way I think of it, I will be better off in the long run.
    People that often brag about one thing or another usually don't tend to be all that successful and I see it time and time again. Many successful people I know tend to be very modest and humble.