Updated: Mar 10, 2020
For some reason, as I sat there and pondered on what made people successful in life, I kept reading things and coming up with words that started with the letter "c". 🤷🏻♂️ Here are 10 of them. Believe it or not, there are more that didn't make my list.
Competitiveness - To me, there are 3 different flavors of competitive people. All 3 can be useful in their own way but what is undeniable is that competitive nature is paramount in success in sales and beyond.
Curiosity - This is huge. Curiosity is fairly easy to point out in a conversation and in more cases blatantly obvious when it's not present. Lack of curiosity can be perceived and disinterest and low engagement. If someone can ask thoughtful, relevant, interesting questions, it shows that they are able, or at least willing, to understand complex problems thoroughly.
Confidence - There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Confidence paired with humility is the best kind of confidence. I'm talking about true self-belief and not projecting insecurity by boasting to anyone who will listen. Truly successful people in my experience are humble and quiet when it comes to their accomplishments. Faux successful people are more likely to go out of their way to mention how great they are, probably because they are fearful you will see who they really are.
Communication Skills - Maybe the most important and misunderstood of the C's. A lot of people think communication skills refer to the size of their vocabulary and ability to be articulate. Those things are certainly tools in the shed but more importantly, communication skills refer to much more, including the ability to listen and understand and the ability to engage with non-verbal queues.
Creativity - Inevitably, on your path to success you will come across many obstacles. Those that are most successful have the ability to think creatively about how best to overcome those obstacles and achieve their goals. Coming up with creative solutions to challenging problems is at the core of entrepreneurship.
CEO Mindset - What is a CEO Mindset? It's an understanding of the bigger picture and the ultimate goal. Having a CEO mindset means not getting caught up in the minutia and focusing on achieving the bigger picture. It means understanding that a single success or a single failure does not define you. It means always striving to learn and grow.
Consistency - Easier said than done. There isn't much you can control outside of how hard you work and your mindset. If you consistently work your butt off and consistently have a positive attitude, success will follow. It's just a matter of time before good things happen.
Composure - Staying even keel can be difficult at times but keeping a cool head is extremely important when it comes to being successful. Composure in this regard means staying grounded when good things happen and remaining positive when you run into hard times.
Commitment - Obviously commitment is important. Without a level of commitment to a project, company, career, goal, etc. you'd probably just throw your hands up and quit when you hit the first bump in the road. Having a level of commitment to an outcome is the key. That outcome should be something big and audacious and you should be committed to that.
Coach-ability - No matter how successful you get, never stop learning. Always be willing to take advice and criticism. It doesn't mean you have to take every bit of advice but at least be willing to get people's feedback. Without proper feedback, you can't grow. Those that seek feedback are the ones that grow and learn quickly.