Why Exceptionally Successful People Embrace the 40 Percent Rule

By Jeff Haden

Over the years, I’ve interviewed dozens of extremely successful people from a variety of fields. One of my favorite questions is simple: “What got you here?”

Their answers reveal a simple truth about success — and the people who achieve success.

If you feel you’re on the downside of advantage, it’s tempting to rationalize that incredibly successful people were blessed with some advantage. Intelligence. Talent. Education. Connections. A special something.  

But that never turns out to be true. Almost to a person, highly successful people consider themselves to be average in almost all things. (Or even below average.)

Their only “advantage” was hard work.

Most limits are self-imposed. The difference between good and great comes from pushing yourself beyond them.

Originally published on inc.com May 19, 2020