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The DNA of High Achievers

What is the genetic fibre of those who constantly achieve at high levels of performance?  Those who never seem to stop or constantly want more and more out of performance from themselves and others around them – each and every day?

Those people are high achievers and commonly pose a strong motive to achieve and succeed. They never settle.

It’s interesting when you compare the mindset of a high achiever to less accomplished individuals who are generally more motivated to avoid failure.

High achievers typically have a strong desire to accomplish something important, and gain gratification from success in demanding tasks.  They are focused.  They are determined.  They are usually very successful.  The success ultimately comes to them, but they have usually failed once or twice along the way.  However, a failure is never a deterrent for their success overall. Failure is not a word a high achiever will use in their vocabulary. They will see it as a learning opportunity.

Most, but not all high achievers typically can simultaneously focus on the big picture and detail at the same time.  They will want control, but they are also willing to share control to those they trust.  It is difficult to gain the trust of a true high achiever as they are very astute of their environment.  They can be impatient too at times, but this is usually fed by their desire to succeed.

High achievers don’t let obstacles get in their way.  They are people who just get the job done. They are born doers, trouble shooters and problem-solvers.  If something important and needs to be done, they’ll figure out how to do it, no questions asked.  Excuses and blame is not part of their vocabulary.  They instantly speak with positive language and embrace working with others but only with others of similar DNA.  They don’t often get overwhelmed or try and avoid work as they usually take on too much. Somehow, they just get it done though.

Commonly high achievers will walk away from people or situations who they cannot identify with.  They simply cannot be bothered with under achievers.  If you tell a high achiever how something cannot be done, or how it should be done at a later time or why it can’t be done, you’re likely to be branded quickly by a high achiever.  In some circumstances you may find high achievers treating you with disdain, and shunned.  They simply have no tolerance for it.

High achievers will either inspire or intimidate.  Once they’ve set their sights on accomplishing a mission, they will focus on their end goal.  It’s never wise to bet against them.

High achievers love the challenge – it’s the obstacles that make it fun.  That’s why people who accomplish great things don’t let challenges stand in their way.  The harder it is, the more they want to do it and they will do it.  Never underestimate a high achiever – it is a fundamental error of judgement.  High achievers can sometimes fail to recognise when to stop. In fact, some may say high achievers over do it.  A high achiever will never agree with you on this point though.

As a final thought on the subject of the DNA of high achievers, some may say there is a flip-side to being so driven to achieve.  It’s not easy being a high achiever and the abundance of energy and relentless effort should not be underestimated.  They can just keep going and going and going. However, they expect others to be able to do the same.  A high achiever cannot understand why others don’t maintain the pace or intensity they function with.

A quote of Robert Browning’s famous line from Andrea del Sarto, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” Always reaching for the stars is like never having a dull moment, but it can be exhausting. It’s definitely not for everyone.