8 Powerful Signs You’re Successful

Even if you don’t think so.

Elle Kaplan
Sep 23, 2016 · 5 min read
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At one time or another, most of us have fallen prey to impostor syndrome. No matter how qualified we may be or how hard we work, there’s that nagging voice in our heads that suggests that maybe we’re frauds who are undeserving of our accomplishments, our promotions, or even our jobs.

However, we can take some comfort in the fact that many of the most high-achieving people of our time suffer from imposter syndrome too, from Tina Fey to Sheryl Sandberg.

We’re often a lot more brighter and talented than we believe, but sometimes we need to be reminded. Here are eight surprising signs that you’re a lot more successful than you (or that pesky voice of doubt) may know.

1. You use your time wisely

According to Thomas Corely, financially successful individuals spend only an hour or less watching television and spend more time focusing on their daily to-do lists and reading.

2. You don’t let failure discourage you

Take investor and Shark Tank host Mark Cuban, for example. When he got fired from a small computer store, he used that failure to his advantage. He took his skills in tech and salesmanship and launched his massively prosperous entrepreneurial career. If you set out to make your own luck, the possibilities are truly limitless.

3. You go the extra mile

Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk get ahead of the competition by clocking in more hours than your average business person. While you probably shouldn’t work 80 hours a week like Musk often does, you can apply this trait on a smaller scale to get ahead in life.

So whether you work a little overtime, or help a new hire learn the ropes, or brainstorm ideas to help your company grow when it’s not required of you — all of this shows your dedication to your team and your company. Hard work will get you noticed.

4. You’re an attentive listener

5. You’re a constant learner

Some of the world’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs — from Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey — started from humble beginnings, but they attribute their rise to the top to investing in continued education. Attending seminars and conferences in your field or taking online classes is another indicator that your sharp and reflective mind is bound for great things.

6. You welcome constructive criticism

A study conducted by PsychTests revealed that employees who react defensively to constructive criticism are more likely to be unsatisfied with their jobs and have poorer performance ratings. Successful people take honest feedback in stride, and they don’t let it ruin their job outlook or work performance. They do the opposite.

7. You enjoy helping others

8. You take care of your health

Many of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs find a direct correlation between working out and their productivity. Take it from the CEO of MWI, Josh Steimle, who makes exercise one of his biggest priorities. “If exercise stops, then my health goes downhill. With the loss of physical health my productivity at work goes down … I’ve learned firsthand that excellence in one area of my life promotes excellence in all other areas of my life. Exercise is the easiest area of my life to control.”

Do you have any ways to beat self-doubt and realize success? Share them with me on Twitter!

Originally published at www.inc.com on September 23, 2016.

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Elle Kaplan

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CEO/Founder of @LexionCapital & CIO of LexION Alpha. Self Made Entrepreneur, Financial Expert & Dreamer. Visit http://ow.ly/TiMM30haQcj to learn more.

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