Achieving any goal requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress — if not by others, then by you yourself

The old saying goes: Imitation is the highest form of flattery. So, when you’re a technology
vendor and you see your competitor release a new feature, you think you need to incorporate
that feature into your offering to be successful. Or if you’re a lender and the lender down the
street rolls out a new product you think you have to offer that product, as well. We see this over and
over again in our space.

Is imitation what really defines success? Or does it pay to be first on a few things and actually bring
something new to market? The interesting fact according to Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational
psychologist, is that even if you were to talk to successful people, most don’t fully understand why they
were successful. In her articled entitled “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently” she suggests
that “decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply
because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.” Here are nine things that she says
successful people do differently: Read more