When I am talking successful, I am meaning someone who is really successful. A person who at their disposal, can spend $20 million on a property without blinking an eye lid or pick up their friends and family from wherever they are in the world, in a private jet, just because ... they can.

There are many habits of really successful people - the billionaire type, but here are 5 that come to mind based on my experience in observing their traits:

1.  Dominance is in everything they do

They dominate in whatever they do. If they place tennis, only a pro can beat them. If they play golf, it's of 3 or below. If they climb a mountain, its not just any mountain, its Africa's tallest mountain Mt Kilimanjaro or at the very least one of the highest mountains in the world. 

In a meeting, they are always two steps ahead of everyone else in the room. They walk in, everyone stops what they are doing and they demand your attention - without saying a word.

If they are doing a business deal, you will always fair better to let them believe they have won, otherwise your head will be spinning at how fast they anilate you in their wake.

2.   Family-first - always

Don't every be mistaken the importance of their family. They may have been onto their third or fourth wife, but when it comes to children and their family members, only they can say or do anything that may in any way hurt their feelings or put them in a position that isn't considered first.

3.   Discipline across every area of their business and life

They display discipline in everything they do from when they have a conversation, by listening and asking questions first, without talking and playing their cards too early, to setting goals and doing all the steps, working relentlessly to achieve them. They wake up and go to bed at the same time every day and they never let emotion affect any decision they make. They can cut you as fast as you blink an eye lid - because they have trained themselves to understand that "this is business" and you have to do what you have to do.

4.  Relationships go way back and are real

They maintain relationships with people that count from their college friends, bankers, suppliers, past employees, key clients and associates. You may not hear from them for a year, but they will make contact even if its just to invite you to their annual Christmas party. They are more likely to remember your birthday, people they have people who help them do so, than your Mother. And if you are doing it tough and you are someone that they respect, they will be the first to lend a hand, go for coffee or find a solution.

5.  They don't suffer fools

They don't suffer fools but unlike you and I, they don't make the fool know what they think of them. Instead, they create a divide, so large that the "fool" cannot get within a mile of them. They also in subtle way, ensure that others around them are not bringing them into their sphere. 

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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

2 comments

  • More dollars than cents
    More dollars than cents
    10/09/13

    "When I am talking successful, I am meaning someone who is really successful. A person who at their disposal, can spend $20 million on a property without blinking an eye lid or pick up their friends and family from wherever they are in the world, in a private jet, just because ... they can."

    Since when did money equal success? Going by that logic, Paris Hilton must be really successful then.

  • Bob
    Bob
    09/09/13

    Clearly your measurement of success is a little off.

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