The 3 Things that Predict Your Success

Optimistic people are more successful than their pessimistic counterparts. Read on to find out why.

Did you know that the way you process information—positively or negatively—not only impacts your happiness, but can also have a bearing on your success as well? The way your brain processes information frames the way you view things and can predict your success, more so than genetics or your environment. How would you react to this situation: You’ve taken up running and sign up for your first 5K. You finish the race dead last. Do you think, “This running nonsense isn’t for me. I’m gonna chill on the couch and watch some Maury.” Or do you think, “It was super fun seeing all the spectators at the finish line. And hey, at least I finished! I’ll add speed drills to my daily training runs so I can improve my time for the next one.”

If you relate more to the second option—congrats, you’re an optimist! If the first option is more like you, you may be a pessimist, but don’t worry, there’s hope:

If the brain can be imprinted with a negative pattern, it can be imprinted with a positive pattern. –Shawn Achor

Optimistic people tend to be more successful than their negative counterparts. Success boils down to three things: 1. Optimism, 2. Strong social connections, and 3. The way you perceive stress. Optimistic people believe that their behavior has an impact on their success. After all, only 25% of success is based on intelligence and technical skills combined. The rest is up to behavior—the actions and habits that you do to make success a reality.

Secondly, people like them. Their happier disposition tends to spread to everyone they meet. And, while negative folks may grumble “Of course they’re happy; they’re successful,” know this: optimistic people don’t wait to become successful to be happy.


Shawn Achor quote

Happiness doesn’t come after success. –Shawn Achor Click to Tweet

Optimistic people become successful because they are happy. They’ve trained their brains to look for the positive instead of finding the negative.

This spills over into the third point—how they handle stress. Instead of getting angry or frustrated in times of stress, they see it as an opportunity to face a challenge, learn and grow. Unlike their pessimistic counterparts, they don’t give up. Instead, they’ll use their failures as opportunities to hone their skills and try again.

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