When I talk about “Winner”, I mean people who tend to be successful in their insurance agency or that they take on in life. Obviously, they will experience failures too (if you never fail you will never win), but over all, they tend to be a winner.
1. Take Action
The first step is always the most difficult. One of the first characteristics that we often find in winners is they’re willingness to take action to solve any given problem. Even prior to that, they acknowledge that there is a problem. Too many people will complain about a problem, and blame it on someone else. Since it is someone else’s fault, they should fix it (not me). It is easier to complain than to take action and do something about it myself.
Nothing significant gets done by just thinking that it would be nice to do or to have someday. To be a winner, you must focus on the prize and be committed to accomplishing the hurdles to get it. There will be many things that discourage you. Failures and ‘knock-downs’ will challenge your resolve. Passion is what will get you through to eventual victory. Without passion we will never succeed at anything
SO LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
3. Be Teachable
If you know everything already then there is no need to grow or improve. If you recognize the need to learn more – about everything – then you are teachable. This is an ATTITUDE. It is a desire to always learn and always improve.
That is the only way to be a winner.
4. Be Willing to Stand Alone
A winner is often alone. It may be because they are hard at work practicing while others are watching TV. It may be because they are following their own vision for success rather than following the crowd. Because of their passion and willingness to take action, they already stand out from the crowd. They have to feel OK about that. Soon they will be alone at the head of their class or their business.
5. Love People
A winner will rarely be the person who avoids other people at all cost. The winner enjoys people. Even if he/she is an introvert, he/she will recognize that he/she can never succeed on her own. She/he understands that the gifts and inputs of other people will make his/her a better person. The winner will develop an attitude of caring for other people – both those who have few resources, and those who have more. His/Her love will win people over and help him/her in their challenges too.
These are just a sampling of some of the characteristics of winners. Hopefully, we can look at these and identify some that are a part of us, and some that we can strive to improve. That is all a part of how to be a winner. It means always moving on toward the goal. And never ever forget you will never become a winner without failing so never put your head down when you fail.
Pick yourself up and continue to move forward towards your goal!
I think this is a terrific summary of key attributes of winners in today’s world. Great food for thought! As part of “Take Action”, I would add take the time to think through what is the right direction to take after listening and observing the changing expectstions and innovations going on around us.
As part of “Love People”, I think winners give others credit for the contributions they have made to any success that is achieved.
Thanks Jeff Thank you for all you do for our industry!
What memorable insights that apply not just in our agencies, but in our lives. I learn from you almost daily! I am particularly inspired by the “Be Teachable” step. There are so many ways to keep growing and improving. Thank you, Chris, for taking your time to share these ideas. Your team, your community and your family are blessed by your passion and caring.
Thanks Claudia Your a winner and proud to call you a friend!
Good stuff my friend..good stuff. Of all the people I know, you know more than most what it takes to be a winner, because you are one.
awesome Jason glad you enjoyed the content. Looking forward to catching up with you very soon
Fantastic Article Chris. Your willingness to blaze a trail and bring as many people along with you is incredible.
Thanks for sharing your passion and knowledge.