Often when people talk about what the successful people do that the poor don’t, it’s often about how they invest money, surround themselves with successful people and things like that. These are usually the surface symptoms of success. What are those subtle things successful people do that really separates them from majority? So today, we bring you 15 most underrated things successful people do, that poor people don’t do. Numbers 3 and 8 are highly underrated but game changers. This post is brought to you by After School Africa. If you are new here, welcome. While you are here, consider subscribing to After School Africa on Youtube to join 15000 others watching great videos like this one below: Watch now: 25 Expert Advice to Choose the Right Course to Study! https://www.youtube.com/watch?vrgI4VXngAqI Let's begin... Successful people guard their minds with diligence Just like you are what you eat; what goes into your mind shapes the person you become. That is why most successful people are great readers and travelers. They are constantly feeding their minds with valuable knowledge and experiences. You can’t spend most of you day feeding on junk news and entertainment, and expect to develop the mindset to become successful. Successful people develop tough skin It’s a crazy crowd out there. People are going to say things that will break your heart. Many curve balls will be thrown at you. Successful people develop the inner bullet-proof to keep moving forward regardless of criticism. You’ve got to develop a thick skin, if you want to achieve success. Successful people defer gratification This one is huge. Most people spend their future today. How did we end up being comfortable living in bad debt? Yes, there is good debt and there is bad debt. If you borrow money to invest into a business, that could translate as good debt. But borrowing money to finance a luxury lifestyle is terrible debt. Successful people are willing to defer pleasure for when they can afford it. Poor people want to fulfill all pleasures today. Successful people are angry at something Nothing changes until you are feed up of something and demand for change. If you understudy most people who have achieved great things in life, their success is often compelled more by anger for something than by love. Yes, they love what they do. But behind that love is hatred for what they don’t want. It could be about seeing people they love suffer; it could be at mediocrity, poverty, or the status quo. Whatever it is, they just want something to change. Successful People channel their anger positively Two people who were abused in their childhood may end up in opposite paths in life; one an advocate for the vulnerable, the other a life of crime. Successful people don’t just get angry at what they don’t like, they strive to change it. While some people complain about inequality of wealth, people who become successful channel their anger for poverty towards positive energy to achieve a meaningful life. Successful people are obsessively curious If you read that 80 people in the world today control approximately the amount of wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people in the world today, what comes to your mind? Most people feel bitter towards the rich people; blaming them for their predicament. Instead successful people get curious to learn even if its 10 percent of what these people know that they don’t know. When poor people say, “I can’t”, successful say, “How can I?” Successful people are honest with themselves Bill Gate said if he wants to get the job done, he hires a lazy person because he will figure out how to get the job done faster and simpler. Contrary to what most people think, successful people admit that they do not know it all; and that their ability is limited. They are self aware of their strength and weaknesses, and are honest about it. That way they are able to focus on their strength and outsource their weaknesses. Successful people are quick to forgive themselves Let’s face it; every one of us makes mistakes. We all have something we did that we are not very proud of. Your ability to forgive yourself when you don’t meet your expectations will encourage you to try again. Successful people are quick to talk about how failure is the key to success. “You’ve got to fail your way forward”, they’ll say. But most people cannot handle failing again and again. It takes the ability to forgive one’s self for coming short and try again to eventually achieve success. Successful people make the effort to be rational If you realize you are the only one that has a high in demand brand of flower in your garden, will you increase the prize to make more profit? Of course, you will take advantage of the opportunity to make more profit. But if your neighbor did the same thing, you’ll probably think he is a greed bastard for reaping you off. The point is that we are all irrational beings. Most of our decisions are governed by our emotions, though most of us will not admit it. It takes deliberate and conscious effort to see things from different perspective and make objective judgment. This is a quality most successful people make the effort to develop. Successful people work with active faith At the edge of a metaphoric cliff, successful people jump off the cliff and figure out how to build wings on their way down. Unsuccessful people just wait for a falcon to come lift them to safety. Not that we advocate you jump of some cliff to exercise your faith; you know that’s just a metaphor. The point is that successful people take initiative. They don’t wait to figure out the whole picture before starting. They start with what’s available to them, and learn as they go. Successful People HATE to be dependent How comfortable are you with knowing that your life is dependent on someone else? Successful people make the effort to earn what they get and don’t rely on some free handouts. Successful people value their time above all else You may not have a problem spending half of your day scrolling down social media timeline, arguing about your favorite celebrity and watching that 6 hour season film. If this is you, it simple says a lot about how you value your time. Successful people value their time and make the effort to decide who and what get their attention. Successful people believe all money made are not equal Have you ever wondered why most lottery winners end up broke? And why history continues to repeat itself? You see, most people will say, “well, I’ll be wiser if I win”. But the true is that $1 million made from lottery is not the same as $1 million earned from creative and smart work. The latter comes with experience, personal growth and confidence. While the lottery winner needs to buy all of these with the money they win. Successful people promote themselves and their value Growing up, we were told to be modest. Just keep your head down and work hard. Your work will speak for you. The only problem with that advice is that no one is looking. In this age, you have to put your work out there and talk about what you offer. This is not about the narcissism on social media today. But it’s about promoting substance you offer. Successful people want money for value Most people want money for nothing. What most people don’t know is that money is an illusion. The real wealth is in the mind. When people make money without earning it, they employ the money to seek external validation. People who make money from adding value develop internal validation that transcends what they can get outside. In the end, it is the courage to follow your dream that is supreme. If you want to be successful, you must take full responsibility for your life. Accept that, if it’s going to be, it’s up to you. Most of the things mentioned in this video are mostly about mindset and habits. It’s true that some people have access to more opportunities than others, but you can always start with the little opportunities within your reach and grow from there. Success begets success. Most people will watch this video, nod and move on with their eventless life. Don’t be like most people. Make the decision to develop the mindset of successful people and watch your life unfold. What’s one lesson you are taking away from this video? Tell us in the comment section below. If you found this video helpful, thumbs up and share with someone. If you are yet to subscribe to After school Africa channel, this is likely a good time to subscribe. Until next time, YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!