According to authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, there are several things top performers in various fields have in common. As per the husband and wife team’s upcoming book, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What THey Do and How They Do It So Well, there’s certainly a common thread.
Gosfield told Forbes, “Every great success starts with inspiration, but not every inspiration leads to success.The most common thing we found was these people’s devotion to the day-to-day struggle.”
1. Persisting intelligently. As outlined in the Forbes piece, super-achievers tackle problems head-on and they do so from different angles. Whereas many people may ineffectively try to solve something time and time again using the same tactics, super-achievers think outside the box and they certainly don’t give up.
2. Listening and remaining open. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, was one of the sources interviewed for the book and it turns out, he asked all of his employees to share their personal values. His goal was to incorporate them into Zappos’ corporate values and culture.
In addition, as pointed out in the piece, actress Laura Linney (also interviewed for the book), revealed she doesn’t green light a role until she reads the script several times so it has opened up to her.
3. Managing Emotions. Sweeney told Forbes, “We found that managing emotions is a key element to success. It’s so easy to be derailed by them, but these people are able to channel anger and frustration into their work.”
4. Evolving constantly. Successful people aren’t afraid of change; in fact, they accept it as a fact of life and continue to learn and adapt to their new environment. For instance, Martina Navratilova noticed her tennis game was going south and as such, she mixed things up with her training regimen and diet.
5. Practicing patience. This one’s huge and yes, we saved the best for last. Sometimes we think we need to go, go, go or do, do, do in order to be productive but super-achievers have often discovered the opposite. Sometimes the state of being instead of doing is just as effective. For instance, the piece indicated super-achievers were patient with the looking at the bigger picture even if that meant not receiving short-term rewards.