I worked with a woman a few years ago that had a fantastic business idea and turned that idea into a successful business. And yet, she could not relate to people. Her internal message was: “I’m better than you. I’m more educated and I have more money.” She had no patience for any criticism.
So, what behaviors do successful people project to the public?
- They are good at realizing what they don’t know and surrounding themselves with experts.
- They have a ton of common sense. They possess the basic ability to perceive, understand and judge things and situations.
- They show up. They make sure they are highly visible by all.
- They are not interested in self-promotion, their career and accomplishments speak for them.
- They are never satisfied with their success. They internalize that they are not done yet and have not achieved enough.
By the way, the woman I mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article had high staff turnover, especially anyone who questioned her. She was always scrambling to pay bills because she would always be losing sales by talking about herself and her Ph.D than about the potential customer’s needs. So, she did not surround herself with experts, didn’t have a stitch of common sense, hid from staff and customers and self-promoted. She was always chasing money. Where is she today? I have no idea, I can’t find her.
Carol S. Ritter, past President of the National Speakers Association in Philadelphia, is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million-dollar marketing and building organizational alliances throughout the country. FMI on Carol’s creative leadership with bulletproof ideas for recruiting more members, more money and better leaders: www.caroltalks.com, 610-442-4545, firstname.lastname@example.org, “Like” Carol on Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches.