In the 25 years since Stephen R. Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” hit shelves, there have been no shortage of books and articles exploring similar topics. Everyone wants to know what it takes to be successful, and the business website Inc.com recently published a list of six essential skills. While many of these tips apply to all people, members of the LGBT community often face unique challenges, and with that in mind, the Vermont-based site Lez Get Real has created its own version of the Inc.com post: “6 Habits of Successful LGBT Personalities.”
While these half-dozen traits may be especially useful to LGBT individuals, they’re applicable across the board, so no matter your race, gender, or sexual preference, read on for some excellent advice on how to make your dreams come true.
1. Don’t Lost Sight of Your Goals — Here, the Lez Get Real team cites journalist Anderson Cooper as a role model. In the years prior to his coming-out in 2012, he worked hard and kept his eye on the prize, earning Emmys and a Peabody Award along the way.
2. Create Daily Strategies — How did Apple CEO Tim Cook get where he is? By facing each day with a detailed strategy, Lez Get Real writes. “Emulating his success may be as easy as making a list every morning or as complex as creating a strategy to defend your company in front of the Supreme Court,” the site says.
3. Be Willing to Accept Criticism — Did Ellen DeGeneres fall to pieces when people criticized her for taking a Samsung selfie at the Oscars or coming out in 1997? No way! She used her charm and sense of humor to rise above the haters, and you should do the same.
4. Learn to Say No — In the early days, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff of the Big Gay Ice Cream Company could have listened to outsiders and done what was expected of them, but instead, they followed their own path, and now they’re heads of a rapidly expanding enterprise. As Lez Get Real explains, they took their time answering comments and often let their fervent fans do all the talking.
5. Be a Risk Taker — Has anyone taken more risks than Elton John? Probably not — and that doesn’t just apply to those crazy outfits he wore in the ’70s. The British singer has been outspoken about the things he believes in, and on his website, he says it’s worth taking big risks if freedom is the ultimate prize. Or as Lez Gets real puts, it, “Taking risks opens a person up to enormous potential and the freedom that comes with it.”
6. Follow Those Instincts — Growing up, people told Tammy Baldwin she’d never amount to much. She was, after all, a lesbian progressive looking to pursue a career in politics. She went on to become the first openly gay U.S. senator, and that’s largely because she followed her instincts.