What Successful People Do

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Successful people have a lot in common. It’s usually not their background (poverty or riches), where they came from (New York City or Kansas City) and what they’ve been through (lavishly spoiled or battered and bruised). It’s usually not how they were raised or who they rely on. It all comes down to the choices they make.

Successful people . . .

1. Pursue Their Dreams

Successful people know what they’re good at and that’s where they place their energy. They have dreams and find ways to pursue them vigorously.  Turn your goals into a cause.  Keep the faith, maintain the drive,  keep the end in sight.

2. Face Life Struggles

Successful people don’t dwell on the past. They don’t carry baggage with them through life, but, rather, seek emotional freedom from the hurt, sorrows and struggles life has thrown at them. And when they fail, they pick themselves right back up and start over. They don’t dwell on the fact that they messed up, but count it as a learning experience.

3. Live Life to the Fullest

Rather than simply going through the motions of life and looking back one day with regret, successful people decide ahead of time how they are going to live each day and do it. They wake up determined to be positive, productive and motivated, regardless of what comes their way. They lay out the steps for accomplishing their goals and pursue each one.

4. Are Proactive, Not Reactive

Successful people never consider themselves the victim, but, instead, work to influence the outcome of every situation into their favor. No blame is cast upon others. Rather, they always consider themselves responsible for where they are and where they’re headed. What their past contains, even if it is the grimmest of pasts, does not decide their fate. Their choices, in the midst of and through the outcome of those circumstances, make that decision.

Working Like Ants5. Work Like Ants

That’s right, ants. Ants keep going. They never give up no matter how tired they are, how much work is left, and how dull the outcome appears. They recognize that a life worth living takes hard work and time. It takes time, grain by grain, to build a life. And, even after success is reached, they keep on working. And even after a little boy destroys the ant hill they worked so hard to create, they start all over again. Successful people are like ants.

My Own Success Story

I have had great success with my online printing business beyond my imagination.  First I knew I had a choice to make.  Either work hard for my own success, or work hard to make someone else successful.  This was an easy choice for me, I knew that nobody else was going to do it for me, I had to do it for myself.

In my early twenties while building my online presence, I would spend the evenings working instead of hanging out with friends.  My wife would wind up entertaining because I was in the back bedroom at my desk neck deep in HTML & CSS code.

What started with a simple saying "If he can do that, so can I" turned into over 2 million dollars in sales, featured in two published books, a major magazine, a major newspaper and consultant to a major corporation. 

Desire, Drive, Perseverance & Sacrifice is the recipie for success.


¤ Have you tasted success?  What tactics helped you reach your goals?

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Chris Brunner is an aspring real estate agent/investor and owner/developer of
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Theodora Wu
TJ Investments - Burien, WA

Very good points.  We control our destiny and success is a choice.

Nov 18, 2009 02:47 PM #1
Brittany Stewart
Luxe Realty Group - Plano, TX
Making Dallas Home

Love it!! So true and congrats to you on your success.  I too work into the night..my husband and friends laugh and make fun of me, but I'll be laughing at them all the way to the bank one day! (hopefully :)

Nov 18, 2009 03:34 PM #2
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

They also do what's uncomfortable and what others avoid.

Nov 18, 2009 07:50 PM #3
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

What an uplifting post. Great points. Thanks for sharing your stoy

Nov 18, 2009 09:42 PM #4
Chris Brunner
GreatFX Printing - Springfield, MO
GreatFX Printing

Thank you all for the kind words and feedback.  Remember you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.  This saying isn't just for children!

Nov 19, 2009 01:36 AM #5
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Real estate is not for sissy's!  If you want to be successful, it all begins with the choices they make.  You are right on!

Nov 19, 2009 12:07 PM #6
Kenneth Young
Uni International LLC - Virginia Beach, VA

Chris, all good points.    Here's a couple about the rich...

1.   They don't want to own a house, they want to live in it.

2.   They don't want to own a fancy car, they want to drive it.

3.  They don't want to just have money, they want to control it.

Nov 19, 2009 03:33 PM #7
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Chris,  Excellent advice.  Thanks for sharing it here on ActivRain.

Nov 30, 2009 03:17 PM #8
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Chris..Great post, I re-blogged it for you, as I know many may have missed your post in other groups and would enjoy reading this.


Nov 30, 2009 03:50 PM #9
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Chris - I caught your post today when Fred re-blogged it, I'm so glad he did as it seemed you were writing just to me.  I'm looking forward to reading some of your other work.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Dec 02, 2009 03:37 AM #10
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks young man. I am going to have my 18 and 22 year old children read this post. I have told them that much of life is slogging...unrewarded, sometimes dull work...however nothing is lost if you are learning and becoming tougher along the way. As a 20 year small business man, almost nothing scares me...simply because for all that time it all is YOU at the end of the day..you gain creativity resiliency and callouses.

Dec 05, 2009 08:41 AM #11
Chris Brunner
GreatFX Printing - Springfield, MO
GreatFX Printing

Steve Bachman:  To put things in perspective for your children, at age 16 I began learning how to build websites and designing graphics in Photoshop.  At age 23, I began building my printing business.  In 2 weeks I will celebrate my 29th birthday.  The time between my 16th and 23rd were spent workings relevant jobs to advance my knowledge.

At age 19 I had a tough decision to make.  It was the summer after graduating high school and I took a job as a telemarketer for a national timeshare sales company.  I got paid well, I started off good and was getting stronger by the day.  A few months in to the telemarketing job, I came across a job opening at the University as webmaster for Residence Life & Services department.  The pay was half of what I was making as a telemarketer but I knew I had to do it because it was relevant to my end goal of being a professional webmaster.  The choice was easy, I quit my swank high paying telemarketing job and went to work at the University.  This was the foundation for my later success.  

Success isn't just handed to you, you must make sacrifices for it,  work and work hard for it.  You have to be hungry for it... you have to want it and not stop until you get it and then once you get it keep working to maintain it.  I hope this post and my story will help inspire not only your children, but also anyone else young or old who is working towards that goal.

Dec 05, 2009 02:17 PM #12
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks Chris,

your early start and committment have paid off! Your marketing sense and experience combined with your technical skills will make it an easy transition to real estate agentdom and investing. My wife and I started in real estate as rehabbers and became agents later...one reason almost no property scares is because of the grossness we have fixed up. This background also enables us to explain the difference  between cosmetic and serious defects in a property to buyer clients. When you go the investing route, if you are doing "buy and hold"...the tenants are the key...bad tenants have to go fast or they will destroy the property. Betting on a neighborhood is risky, we did and lost. My brother bought fewer properties in great neighborhoods and made more money with fewer headaches. You can control an individual property you buy but you cannot control or improve a neighborhood by yourself. Best wishes and thanks for sharing your ideas and experience.

Dec 05, 2009 11:35 PM #13
John Akers
Keller Williams - Kent, WA

That is an amazing story.  I need to see stories like yours to spur me on when I want to go home early, or waste my time.  Thank you for sharing, and keep encouraging those around you! 

Dec 11, 2009 10:27 AM #14
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