Have you ever been curious about what separates us from the people who are always coming up with genius ideas? Or, the people who are always getting ahead?
These exceptionally talented people possess the following incredible qualities that help them rise above the rest of the crowd. Keep in mind these talented people have an affinity for these qualities but, luckily for the general masses, these are qualities that everyone can work on and learn.
1. They Find Security in Themselves
“Non-productive people seek security externally,” says psychologist Ph.D. student Benjamin Hardy in Medium. “They seek security in a paycheck, or in friends, or in perceived success.” Hardy goes on to say, “Rather than experiencing security, in reality, they are the slaves to these things. They will do anything to have these things. They are not free.”
Productive people, however, “know that security can only really be experienced internally. They know who they are. So they don’t worry about all these traps that sabotage and slow the masses. They fully accept and understand themselves — and that’s good enough for them.
No external standard of success will ever compare to their own self-awareness and acceptance.”
2. They Possess Grace
Psychologist Sherrie Campbell writes in Entrepreneur, “Grace is that dignified elegance about a person's appearance, movement, personal style or behavior. To be graceful is to be strong and assured in who one is and to move gently within that energy.”
Campbell adds, “Exceptional people live with a sense of inner elegance and are graceful even amidst a challenge. They are able to handle themselves in a noble and ethical manner. They hold good posture, their energy has a mystery, softness, strength and cleverness to it. They are vulnerable yet self-assured.”
3. They Seek Out New Experiences and Challenges
Novelty-seeking is a personality trait that has long been associated with trouble, such as gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive spending, and criminal behavior. Research, however, has proven otherwise.
Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age,” says Dr. Robert Cloninger. Although novelty seeking can lead to antisocial behavior, “if you combine this adventurousness and curiosity with persistence and a sense that it’s not all about you, then you get the kind of creativity that benefits society as a whole.”
Additionally, exceptionally talented people also look for new challenges in order to grow and learn something new. For example, instead of being intimidated about using a new piece of software, exceptional people embrace the opportunity to push themselves and learn how to use this new software. They are more comfortable with a learning curve and don't allow themselves to become discouraged if they don't get it the first few tries.
4. They Pay Their Dues
Think about your favorite musician(s). They didn’t sell out arenas or stadiums at first. Even iconic groups like The Beatles or Stones started out playing small venues before selling stadiums. If there is something worth doing, it is going to take time and effort. Any musical endeavor takes years and years to learn a level of proficiency to reach a performance level. Exceptionally talented people have worked their way to the top after years of practice, let downs, criticism, writing music, touring, and releasing albums.
Any person in your favorite band, or anyone who is an artist in any possible way, has been patient in their continued attempts and effort, and they have been willing to pay their dues on their way to achieving success.
5. They Have Intellectual Firepower
Bradley Agnew, CEO of Agnew Consulting Group, explains that Intellectual Firepower is creating your body of work. By “creating a vast body of provocative thought leadership and intellectual property, and showcasing your expertise through a repository for your body of work, you’ll be able to attract clients and employers without waiting for an opportunity to go to them."
Your body of work “is an assembly of your intellectual capital, and that can come in a diverse range of formats such as video, presentations, white papers, live work, and articles, it’s a presentation of your intellectual capital – provocative content and thought leadership sharing expertise that is uniquely yours.” You can share this information on your own blog, hosting a podcast, or filming YouTube videos.
6. They Have a Strong Sense of Humor
As adapted from Annemarie Roeper’s "Gifted Adults: Their Characteristics and Emotions," gifted adults have a “sense of humor which differs from others and consists often of subtle jokes, intricate teasing or puns. Gifted people often find that their jokes are received with silence because they are not understood.” Additionally, these people don't really care if someone gets their jokes or humor - gifted adults are happy and have fun and entertainment in their own cleverness.
7. They Don’t Believe in the 40-Hour Workweek
“There will always be people who are smarter and more talented than we are,” writes Jeff Haden for Inc.com. Haden adds, “Successful people simply want it more. They're ruthless--especially with themselves.”
Instead of being restrained by a 40-hour workweek, talented individuals work smarter and harder than everyone else.
8. They Know That They’re Not Perfect
Instead of keeping their talents locked away, exceptional people are confident enough and not afraid to share their talents and skills - even if it’s not perfect. They realize that they need to share these talents because it can benefit others, and they really want to benefit others.
9. They Have Special Problems Awareness
Talented individuals also have “the ability to predict consequences, see relationships, and foresee problems which are likely to occur.”
10. They Know How to Express Themselves
The most creative of people are expressive “and willing to share what they feel and think, to be themselves.” As Dean Rieck writes in Copyblogger, “People are emotional creatures and respond better to people who appear real, honest, and open.” That’s why blogging is such a great outlet for talented individuals.
11. They Value Their Health
Even though they’re extremely busy, talented people realize that their health is a vital component to their success. Because of this, they always find the time to exercise and eat healthy. That’s why talented individuals, such as President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Mark Cuban, all exercise first thing in the morning.