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Want to Learn How to Become Successful? 5 Classes of Successful People you Need to be Friends With

7 habits of highly effective people successful success make more moneyIt pays to hang out with the rich folk, literally.  What’s the best way to learn what success is all about?  Hang out with those who’ve led successful careers themselves.  You’d be amazed how much you can learn from people who’ve encountered large amounts of success throughout their lives and professional careers.  Not only do you get to experience what it’s like to be wealthy, but you get to learn how they got there and hopefully gain some tips that will help you become successful.

When it comes to successful people, I’ve identified five classes.  Here’s how it works.  Those at the bottom can learn from the people above and those at the top can teach the people below them.  A guy like me falls below the entire list.  I’m young, but I’m not quite successful (yet!), which means I can learn from every person above me.  I will be able to relate the most to the young and successful type, but I will likely learn a lot more from the retired and successful type.  If you consider yourself to be middle-aged, but not quote successful, you would fall between the transitioning and middle-aged successful class.  While you may be older than the transitioning and successful person, you can still learn from them.  Why?  Because they’re successful, and you’re not.

1.  Retired and Successful (65+)

These are the people who’ve worked their butts off for most of their lives, made lots of money, and now are sitting back and enjoying the wealthy life.  They are wise and knowledgeable and have the most to learn from.

2.  Retiring and Successful (50-65)

These are the people who are approaching retirement in the next couple years.  They too have worked their butts off for most of their lives and now they’re on the home stretch.  They’re wisdom and knowledge may be more relevant, as they are slightly younger and are still active in the work force.

3.  Middle-Aged and Successful (35-50)

These are the people who’ve worked their way up the corporate ladder or “figured it out”.  (I use the term “figured it out” for those who’ve learned how to make money on their own, whether it’s starting a business or making smart investments, they’ve become successful outside the typical corporate environment.)  These guys know their stuff, but unfortunately they don’t have a lot of time take someone under their wing and show them the ropes.

4.  Transitioning and Successful (30-35)

These are the people in between the young and middle-aged successful class.  They usually have a mid-level management title and an indirect connection with the organization’s “higher ups.”  On a personal level, they’re usually “settling down,” getting married, having kids, selling the lifted truck to buy a more economical vehicle.  At this point, they usually have a very good blend of educational knowledge and experience, which makes them a very valuable connection.

5.  Young and Successful (20-30)

These are the people fresh out of college who have a more educational knowledge base.  They’re book smart; not necessarily experienced.  They know how things should be done; not necessarily how they are actually done.  These guys are successful because they did well in school, started working early, and have moved past the entry level position within an organization.  They’re bills are usually smaller than most, making their personal bottom line relatively larger than others.

Now that you know how to classify successful people, where do you rank in the mix?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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