How Very Successful People Are Different

I was skyping with my brother in Haiti the other day. He was talking about how he had to decide between two job offers and trying to figure out which one would give him the better work/life balance. He wants to be there for his kids (both jobs involve travel) and have a successful career (he has a young family).

I tend to want to choose between one thing and the other. My sweetie points out that this false dichotomy is sometimes a less than creative solution, and she’s often right. But I’ve seen too many careers flounder because leaders think they have to do everything to be “successful”. Sometimes we have to make yucky choices.

Then I ran across this article on LinkedIn about the Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People. The top of the list? Very successful people are absurdly selective. I think what this means for my brother is that he can have that work/life balance if he guards his commitments beyond those to career and family extremely ferociously.

Successful People Are Different

The other items on the list are equally thought-provoking, like very successful people are very powerful listeners, focus on what they can do better, and sleep more than four hours a night.

 Bernie works with small, medium (and sometimes) large companies, start-ups, and volunteer organizations to help them set a vision that is executable, effective, and to surround themselves with people who will help them succeed. I believe the workplace is a place to thrive, not just survive. Call me if you want help transforming your business. 

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