The "A" Player Factor
October 11, 2011
Want to be a success? Want to INCREASE an already successful career? You already know what to do. Stop hanging around getting infected by "B" and "C" players and surround yourself with "A" players only.
THE "A" PLAYER
Someone who goes well above and beyond, this person offers more service than he or she is paid to deliver. Someone who is always in a frame of mind to achieve, this person sees problems as opportunities, rarely gets discouraged, and greets everyone in an enthusiastic way.
Businesses that are wildly SUCCESSFUL have an OVERABUNDANCE of "A" players. They are usually attracted by great leaders, by other "A" players. They will feel wanted and successful under an "A" leader. "A" players do not try to bring others down in order to make themselves look good; they do not offer excuses on WHY something cannot be done. They offer CAN DO solutions and plans. They figure out a way to win -- even when winning seems downright impossible.
"A" players set GOALS and LEARN from their mistakes. Like everyone, they make plenty of mistakes ... that's being human. But the great difference is what they take away from a defeat. While "B" and "C" players are crippled by setbacks, "A" players rise to the challenge of a defeat, more excited than ever to reach the ultimate goal. They know that failure is a TEMPORARY condition that can only be corrected by action. A defeat to them is nothing more than an opportunity to re-set the compass and make another run at the goal, being wiser from their loss and immediately getting CLOSER to the win.
When I speak to groups about achievement, I always love to bring up one of my favorite sayings: "Get in a car with no brakes before hanging around folks with bad attitudes ... because the car is SAFER." That one always gets a good laugh. But while there is certainly humor in that line, the truth is that hanging around people with "can't do" attitudes WILL rub off on you and cause you problems unless you inoculate yourself against their negativity.
"B" and "C" players default to "can't" often. I am sure you have heard this before: "A" players simply identify what is causing the "can't" and then they become more determined (almost more excited) than ever to break through to success. At the end of the day, hear the "can't" and ask them what would it take to turn "can't" into "can." The energy will be infectious and they may just be able to see the light that yes, they CAN achieve the goal. "A" players live to push through the "can'ts" of the world.
You will see "A" players at the top of organizations, in high places in society, and winning. They won't win every time, but even when they don't win, they learn so much from the failure that it only serves as a reason to make the next win even bigger.
Are you living the "A" player life? Your success depends upon it.