A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen of Likeable Local received a postcard about successful vs unsuccessful people from a fellow entrepreneur Andy Bailey, chief executive of Petra Coach. Though the two man have never met in person, Kerpen said in his blog post that the postcard had a "profound effect" on his viewpoints on what sets successful people apart from others.
Kerpen wrote in his blog post that Bailey's postcard sixteen differences between successful and unsuccessful people "[reinforced] values I believe in and [reminded] me on a daily basis of the attitudes and habits that I know I need to embrace in order to become successful."
These 16 differences are:
|Successful People||Unsuccessful People|
|1. Embrace change||Fear change|
|2. Want others to succeed||Secretly hope others fail|
|3. Exude joy||Exude anger|
|4. Accept responsibility for their failures||Blame others for their failures|
|5. Talk about ideas||Talk about people|
|6. Share data & info||Hoard data & info|
|7. Give people all the credit for their victories||Take all the credits from others|
|8. Set goals and life plans||Do not set goals|
|9. Keep a journal||Say they keep a journal but don't|
|10. Read every day||Watch TV every day|
|11. Operate from a transformational perspective||Operate from a transactional perspective|
|12. Continuously learn||Fly by the seat of their pants|
|13. Compliment others||Criticize others|
|14. Forgive others||Hold a grudge|
|15. Keep a "To Be" list||Don't know what they want to be|
|16. Have gratitude||Don't appreciate others and the world around them|
Kerpen explained each of these differences in his blog post, but number 15 "Keep a 'To Be' list" struck me as brilliant.