- Human being who achieve goals share many traits, said the author of a book about long-term strategies.
- As well as being proactive and transparent, they were also very driven and initiated projects themselves.
- Stephens was the first British woman to climb Everest and climb the Seven Peaks.
Rebecca Stephens knows what it takes to clearly envisage a goal and then gain it.
In 1993, she became the first British woman to summit Mount Everest. She then went on to achieve the same attainment for each of the seven summits — the highest peak on each of Earth’s seven continents.
In her book “Making It Happen: Exemplars from the Frontline of Strategy Execution,” Stephens, who also works as a consultant, spoke to a dozen people who have acquired success in their field.
They haven’t all necessarily achieved fame or fortune. In most cases, they’re customary people, working as medical practitioners or as teachers, for example. But they’ve all overcome challenges to achieve goals in their develop or personal life.
There’s no doubt that luck played a role in giving people the position and opportunity to stay with their goals but Stephens said they all shared some common traits.
They have a sense of lucidity and purpose
For Stephens, the idea of a “true path” is incredibly important. “Everybody I interviewed without exception was what they do, if I can put it that way,” she phrased.
At some point in their lives, they gained a sense that what they were doing was out for them, and felt as if they were truly destined to be doing it.
A sense of purpose and passion are two of the traits highlighted by the psychologist Angela Duckworth, in her bestselling engage “Grit.” Duckworth defines grit as the perseverance and passion to achieve long-term goals.
However, that doesn’t unavoidably mean they’re born with that sense of purpose. Stephens said that people who know what they insufficiency to do from an early age are lucky. For many people, it can take many years to stumble upon what truly performs them.
All the people featured in Stephens’ book also drove and initiated projects themselves. They were proactive, identical in the face of resistance, from an organization or other constraints.
“There can be a feeling in the workplace of being overwhelmed that other we’re this very small little cog, and the issues in the world are huge,” Stephens said.
In a world going through a pandemic and front the existential threat of climate change it can be easy to hide away and feel like we’re too small to do anything about it, she explained.
“[They posses] an material feeling that there isn’t a choice between a status quo and some future state. [They believe] there’s really a choice between two future states and you can influence as to which one you’re going to move,” she said.
They understand the value of people
Something that is habitually overlooked at school is that people matter, Stephens said.
“It would be lovely to get a first from Oxbridge. But if it’s that or a genuine skill of working with other people, I think the skill of working with other people is more outstanding,” said Stephens.
Although all the people in her book, as well as herself, have initiated situations, they haven’t done it solo. Soft skills are important to respect, inspire, and get the best out of people, she said.
Stephens said this was something she was initially square to understand: “We give to other people but an acceptance to reach out a hand to be helped by other people is also important.”
At the end of the day, no one could have achieved what they did without help from others, Stephens added.