Even the best of us can fall prey to impostor syndrome from time to time. When times get tough, we begin to doubt those fantastic skills and abilities that took us so far already, and replace them with fear and a lack of confidence.
That’s why it can be beneficial to examine the signs you’re successful, and eliminate that self-doubt for good. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these 4 surefire signs of success, and see if you have them in your own life. Even if you don’t, it’s never too late to start using these skills and propelling your career even further.
You’re a constant learner
Mega-moguls never stop learning, and their education goes well beyond their schooling. This is often an overlooked sign of success, because sometimes we can only learn so much that’s directly related to our job. However, really successful people realize that it’s the most unexpected insights that contribute the most to their success.
If you’re curious and a learner – such as looking a TED Talks or taking online courses in your free time – this is one of the biggest signs you’re successful.
You go the extra mile
I’ve always said that skills can be learned with someone smart, but attitude is something that rarely changes. Unfortunately, many people at the start of their career don’t realize this, and begin to doubt themselves, despite their fantastic work ethic and determination.
No matter where you’re at in your career, if you go above and beyond – whether it’s helping a coworker or simply staying a few minutes late – it’s one of the surefire signs you’re successful.
You use your spare time wisely
Thomas Corely has done extensive research on the habits of wealthy people, and he found that these successful individuals spend only an hour or less watching television and spend more time focusing on their daily to-do lists and reading.
While it’s certainly okay to binge on Game of Thrones every once and a while, if you’re mostly using your spare time to do more productive things (like working out or reading a book), it’s a surefire sign you’re headed to success.
You don’t let failure discourage you
The truth is that everybody fails – especially those who have reached certain levels of success. If you’re able to brush the dirt off your shoulders and focus on future successes, you’re in good hands. Everyone from Marc Cuban to Oprah Winfrey have encountered gigantic failures in their own life, and emerged more successful in the end because of their winning attitude. No matter the setback, you will too.