The Big Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People [infographic]

When it comes to property investment, business or entrepreneurship, I’ve found that successful people share common traits.

The infographic below from LifeHack highlights some of the differences between successful and unsuccessful people:


successful peope

Unsuccessful people tend to:

  • Criticise others.
  • Exude anger and a sense of entitlement.
  • Blame others for their failing.
  • Fear change.
  • Hold grudges.

Successful people:

  • Compliment, forgive and give credit to others.
  • Share information and ideas with those around them.
  • Embrace change and continuously learn.

Now that’s interesting isn’t it!


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'The Big Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People [infographic]' have 2 comments


    September 6, 2014 Matthew

    Hi Michael
    I recently came across Dymphna Boholt and as it turned out she is going around the country doing seminars so I attended one. Her information was impressive and I signed up to her course (still within the 30 day money back cooling off period) as I want to begin creating a property portfolio to create equity and cash flow. She made it sound quite easy to replace your income which appealed to me because I don’t like my job even though it’s well paid. I’m sceptical about these seminar wealth speakers and I’m still trying to work out whether I’ve done the right thing in signing up. I’m sceptical about whether watching a bunch of DVDs, listening to audio, reading some manuals, and all the fluffy stuff about writing your goals down and keeping a journal of your thoughts etc is really the way to go. My mind responds better to theory, practical and instructional language, probably with a personal mentor, in order to learn, rather than the Tony Robbins type of feel good stuff which seems to be a big part of this. However I do understand that becoming wealthy requires an overall change in your mindset so there is a place for some of it. Since signing up I’ve found that you are doing a 3 day seminar in Melbourne, but I don’t know if you have an ongoing course after that. I feel like l need a personal mentor in this area at least until I become an experienced investor.
    My questions to you are, what is your opinion on Dymphna’s way of teaching? Do you think that she is the real deal? And do you think that a no-nonsense sceptic like myself could benefit from her teachings, and especially her method of teaching it, to the point where I can replace my income and beyond?
    Thanks for your time and I enjoy following your articles and videos.


      Michael Yardney

      September 6, 2014 Michael Yardney

      Thanks for asking for my opinion, but of course I’m not going to give my opinions – good or bad -about another educator in this public forum.

      Having said that Dymphna’s way of investing in property, which I believe is more related positive cash flow, is very, very different to mine.
      I don’t know your current equity or cash flow position so I can’t really comment on what property strategy would be most appropriate for you, all I know is that all the wealthy investors I have come across (and there are many of them) have built their wealth by growing a substantial asset base, not through cash flow positive properties.

      By the way… Nothing in life is easy. I have never pretended property investment is easy. On the other hand I’ve said it’s simple if you follow a proven formula, but that’s not easy because it’s even easier to get sidetracked by get rich quick schemes.

      Interestingly I do have an ongoing mentorship program and you can find out more about it here :

      Good luck with your endeavours, and it is grace that you are looking for mentors and role models.


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