- Success isn’t just about money, power, and fame. Personal fulfillment and making an impact count for something, too.
- We collected a series of indicators that you’re going to be more successful than you think. Those include being open to failure and making time every day to learn.
- If even a few of these signs sound familiar to you, you’re making good progress.
We tend to underestimate ourselves. We look at CEOs, or people with billions of dollars in the bank, and see them as way more successful than we are.
But if you’re pursuing your passions, if you’re learning, and if you’re forging solid relationships, you’re probably on track to do great things.
Below, Business Insider has rounded up a series of signs — based on research and expert opinion — that you’re doing better at this thing called life than you’d be inclined to believe.
You’re always looking for a better way to do things
Are you stuck in the past — or hurtling toward the future?
On an episode of Business Insider’s podcast, “Success! How I Did It,” John Sculley, a former Apple CEO and president of Pepsi, said throughout his career he’s always asked questions like, “Why is it done this way?” He said success is largely about to the willingness “to solve a problem in a way that’s never been solved before.”
The opposite trait — resistance to change — can stall your career, the same way it stalls big companies’ progress. That’s according to Scott Galloway, a clinical professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the founder of the digital intelligence firm L2, and the author of the new book “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.”
In his book, Galloway writes: “Trying to resist this tide of change will drown you. Successful people in the digital age are those who go to work every day, not dreading the net change, but asking: ‘What if we did it this way?'”
You have a vision for the kind of life you want
Granted, that vision may evolve over time. But the point is not to take a job exclusively for the short-term benefits — like compensation.
As Nathaniel Koloc, former ReWork CEO, told The Harvard Business Review, instead of asking yourself, “What job do I want?” you should be asking yourself, “What life do I want?” And how does this gig fit into the broader picture?
Even if you only have a vision for the year ahead, career coach and former Googler Jenny Blake recommends asking yourself questions like, “What does my ideal average day look like?” and “What kinds of people do I want to be connected with or meeting?”
You’re using your ‘signature strengths’
Your signature strengths are simply the skills you’re uniquely good at.
As Eric Barker, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree,” previously told Business Insider, research suggests that “the more often you use those skills, the more you’re happier, you’re respected, you feel good about your job.” What’s more, “if you’re using those skills in your job, you’re going to achieve more.”