Commonalities of Successful People

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posted on Monday, May 01, 2017

Commonalities of Successful People

It seems to make good sense that if we make a list of people considered to be highly successful then we can study them to see what they may have in common. From there, we can use those things to help improve ourselves towards success. Today, most people can search the internet and find lengthy lists of traits that successful people have in common. What I will share today is something I learned along the way in my own life. It may not be scientific and I can’t even promise you that it is true, but it is a short list of two things successful people have in common.

  1. Successful people eat breakfast.

  2. Successful people have overcome great adversity in their lives.

Even if it is not exactly true, it has always made sense to me that this could be a short list to help others understand success. First, successful people eat breakfast. It means that in the morning when their alarms go off, successful people get up! They don’t hit snooze! They ask themselves, “What do I need to do today?” They get up early enough to have time to eat the most important meal of the day– already achieving their first goal they set. Second, the adversity in their life has changed them and it has made them better. Successful people have persevered and have not used adversity as an excuse to make negative choices in their lives. These two things together are great reminders that can help each of us move towards success.

"The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light."

Romans 13:12

Your Challenge

First, when your alarm goes off, get up! Take time to eat breakfast and prepare for your day. Second, persevere through adversity in your life and allow it to make you better.

Al Kerns & the Ed Thomas Family Foundation

This post is written by Al Kerns, a long-time friend of Ed Thomas and a team member with the Ed Thomas Family Foundation. Al coached with Ed for 30+ years at Aplington-Parkersburg.