I have a ringside seat to the success and failures of others. As an executive coach, I share in the triumphs and challenges of my clients. One of things I’m really good at is spotting patterns. There are distinct differences between the ways successful happy people approach life versus those who continually struggle.

You’ve already read two traits available in Parts 1 and 2. The following is another thing that happy successful people do differently.


3. They analyze their mistakes    

Successful happy people don’t enjoy mistakes any more than anyone else. But one  thing they do differently is they take the time to analyze their mistakes. Less successful people tend to either avoid thinking about mistakes, or they get mired in them. This comes from a place of fear and insecurity. Less successful less happy people don’t have the confidence that they can shape their destiny.They don’t like to face their mistakes because it feels hopeless.

Successful happy people know differently. They’re willing to wade through the painful process of unpacking their mistakes, so that they can handle things differently the next time. Ironically, less successful people’s unwillingness to analyze mistakes is what keeps them mired in them. Successful people analyze the mistake, learn from it and move on.


Ask yourself: What is preventing you from acting like this today? You don’t need a good job, a great education, lots of money or the perfect family to start implementing these ideas. The faster you start acting like a happy successful person, the faster you’ll become one.


Lisa Earle McLeod is a sales leadership consultant, and author of Selling with Noble Purpose. Companies like Apple, Kimberly-Clark and Pfizer hire her to help them create passionate, purpose-driven sales forces. She’s the author of several books including Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, a Wiley publication. She has appeared on The Today Show, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She provides executive coaching sessions, strategy workshops, and keynote speeches. Visit www.mcleodandmore.com

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