Saturday, June 2, 2012

5 Traits of High Achievers

I was listening to the latest Dan Miller 48 Days podcast and today he brought something up quite interesting. I felt compelled to write this down and see how I measured up to these traits.

5 Traits of High Achievers
  1. Access to Counsel: Coaching, mentoring + being around success. I'm pretty good with this. I LOVE listening to podcasts and pretty much spend all of my free time doing things that will lead to self improvement.
  2. Connections + Collaborations: Wide networks of friends. Eh...lately duh to some personal issues I have been very anti-social. I need to look up some networking groups or something, I have isolated myself and I know that is NOT good.
  3. They take breaks! It's not a matter of time. It's a matter of doing things different. Not good with this one either. Whenever I'm not working I struggle with guilt... as if I am suppose to work 24/7. I'm trying to work through this.
  4. They have lives outside of work: Rich private lives.  Another FAIL. This is not looking good. With a long distance relationship and my recent isolation stint my personal life has been pretty much non-existent. Why do I sound so sad and lonely? 
  5. Strategies + Systems: Focus + clarity + plan + execute.  I'm good at focus + executions, I'm not so stellar at clarity and planning. Two out of four is better than nothing huh?
Okay, so I have a few things to work on. But I don't feel so horrible about myself. I guess I earned a 1.5 out of 4. I am hoping that by the end of the year my goal will be to work on and develop my other traits.

Hope this helps!


  1. My private life is minimal now, too. House-bound most of the time with mommyhood. Need to work on that. I'm awesome at planning, but a lot of times I plan too many things and never get around to executing them!

  2. It seems just so easy to stay at home all the time, it's important though to maintain some connections because it's hard to re-start all over again after too much time has passed. For me it has been about a year and I really need to get up and move! I wish you could give me some of your planning and I could give you some of my execution skills. I find it soooo hard to sit down and think a plan through.