What Successful People Do Differently

Why do some people succeed and others fail?

How do they set the stage for the next promotion, highest sales, most votes or stellar performance? 

(photo courtesy Stuart Miles)

Does it take:


Research shows that measures of innate ability (like IQ) poorly predict who succeeds or stumbles. A recent book by Columbia Business School Professor Heidi Grant Halvorson summarizes Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.

“Being successful is not about winning the DNA lottery; it’s about reaching goals,” she writes. “It’s about making smart choices, using the right strategies and taking action.”

Decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their personal and professional goals because of what they do not because of who they are. Luckily, everything they do can be learned, practiced and mastered.

This 825 word article and 3 Article Nuggets summarize research on what successful people do differently and give nine strategies known to work to maintain motivation and accomplish goals.


This is a brief synopsis of an 850-word article and Article Nuggets,* suitable for coach newsletters and blog posts. It is available for purchase with full reprint rights, which means you may put your name on it and use it in your newsletters, blogs or other marketing materials. You may also modify it and add your personal experiences and perspectives.

The full article talks about:

  • All About the Goals
  • True Grit
  • 9 Strategies for Successful Goals


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