If you're ever gonna be filthy stinking rich, you have to work for it. The inventor of the lightbulb, Thomas Edison, wrote, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." It's that tenacity of spirit and indomitable optimism that makes a successful person. Looking at some of the most financially successful people in the world, you notice certain recurring traits across the board. Here are 10 signs you're going to be a millionaire:
1. You've found a mentor
In all walks of life, we need a role model. Someone who shows us how to blaze a trail and who can teach us their winning ways. To find the fastest route to success, you need to use the slipstream of a bigger fish.
2. Appropriate aggressiveness
Times magazine marked this as one of the key personality traits of a millionaire. You can't pussyfoot your way to success, you've gotta be able to take the bull by the horns.
3. You're open-minded
You're open to explore new avenues, nothing is off limits. Being closed to new methods and ways of thinking is the death of innovation.
4. You manage time wisely
You realise there is only 24 hours in the day and you put each one of them to good use.
5. You get high on big results
Succeeding is how you get your kicks and ultimately it sets you apart from your competitors.
6. You avoid debt that doesn't pay you
You only borrow money cannily, when you know you're going to see a profit from it. If not, it's just another impediment keeping you from your objective.
7. Long-term focus
You set big goals and you have the patience to see them though. Whenever you make a career decision you're basing it on the big picture, because you already know where you're going.
8. Adversity doesn't dampen your optimism
Like Edison, you realise that you can only fail if you stop trying.
9. You keep abreast of current affairs
There's a reason Bill Gates starts his day by reading The Wallstreet Journal. And you there, stop snickering at the word "abreast."
10. You've had enough of this "being poor" thing
You tried it, didn't like it. It's just not your cup of tea. And you know that the only person stopping you from being rich is you.