By ROHIT MALSHE
September 14, 2017
“You can take away my house, all my tricks, and toys. But one thing you can’t take away? I am Iron Man ~ Tony Stark in Ironman 3.”
Doesn’t it sound badass? There are real life people who are like Tony Stark in their own ways. Perhaps the top three CEOs are Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos. In the sporting world, we have Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.
If we were to touch upon all the characteristics of people with enormous mental strength, we would note what must be true with respect to all of them. Some of those characteristics are given below:
Mentally strong people believe in themselves. They believe that they can make a change. They believe that their changes would impact the world in a positive way. They believe that they can make others believe. A strong belief makes something go from zero to one. As soon as one believes it can be done, it can be done. Perhaps a plan would be needed. Perhaps it would be too hard. Perhaps, it would be not worth the effort. But belief makes impossible – POSSIBLE.
The biggest difference between mentally strong people and average people is that mentally strong people ‘believe’, and they are able to make others ‘believe’.
The famous Steve Jobs reality distortion field was nothing but a belief system and a system that made others believe. Watch in this video how Steve Jobs tells to ‘believe’.
Mentally strong people have a lot of self-confidence that allows them to pull things off.
They make claims or goals that seem impossible to others. Sometimes their claims are too big for others. But they figure out a way to make things happen.
They get things done.
3. Relevant knowledge
This is a key characteristic of mentally strong people because they make the effort to know the hacks and tricks of the game.
Life is just like a marathon race. It is very long. It is very tiring. The only thing that can sail you through all the odds is the knowledge you acquire. Whether it was acquired from college or from your own hard work is irrelevant. What is relevant is how relevant the knowledge is to what you want to achieve.
Mentally strong people learn as they go, and they learn everything really really well.
4. Ability to build knowledge
Mentally strong people believe they can acquire knowledge. If they don’t know something, it isn’t a problem, they know it can always be learned, and they are capable of putting their efforts in learning those things.
Elon Musk is a prime example of this. He always begins from fundamental principles and makes his way upward. That is what allows him to make risky investments in more companies. This is true in just about all industries. Only some people get to the results sooner than others: those who use fundamental thinking not only tend to get results faster but also figure things out on the way to make those results look better.
In addition, they would also hack the best path forward. This is how knowledge builds, and mentally strong people know that they can repeat this whole engine over and over.
5. Practical application
Mentally strong people believe in the practical application of their knowledge.
What is the use of knowledge if it can’t be applied?
Mentally strong people go after building things that make real impact.
Not everything will succeed in its first attempt. In fact, at the onset, a lot of attempts fail, but mentally strong people are prepared to take the failures and learn from them. This is what sets them aside from average people. Average people simply give up after a few failures.
7. Positive behavior
Mentally strong people are generally very optimistic about everything including the future. They take everything in a positive spirit.
Take, for example, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg–two highly optimistic people who have shown positive behavior over and over and have been extremely optimistic about everything. Listen to just about any interview of Mark Zuckerberg, you would also be inspired about the future.
8. Ability to work hard
What do we mean by working hard? Working hard is
when you look at a dream goal you go after it, boundless. You come up with many paths to reach to that dream and you keep going without counting the hours you work in a day. In the words of Elon Musk, “if someone is working 50 hours a week, and you are working a 100 hours a week, even if you do the same thing, it would take you six months to achieve what would take them a year to achieve.”
9. Nerves of steel
People with a strong mentality project those skills in everything they do. They project and manifest that behavior from one project to another.
If mentally strong people are to be compared to animals, in simple terms: they have the agility of a Python, persistence of ants, tenacity of a tiger, bird eyes like eagle, strength like an elephant, loyalty like a dog, survival fitness like a camel, adaptability like a chameleon, focus like a snake and hunting capability of a shark.
10. Every zero is not the same
When they look at a chart, and every point seems to stay at its initial zero mark, they don’t see each zero as the same. They know that with each zero, they learned something. They also know that one day, the curve will shoot up. And when it does, they start getting results.
Mentally strong people don’t get discouraged when they do not see immediate results. Often results take time, and they wait for them patiently. They keep up their work, and results eventually follow.
People with a strong mentality don’t get tired of repetitions. They know that the beast is in the execution and that the execution needs repetition. They repeat hundreds of tasks sometimes millions of times.
12. Ability to question their superiors
People with strong mentality do not take anything for granted. They do not hesitate to question their superiors.
Be vocally self-critical. Mentally strong people have this characteristic from the beginning.
13. Physical strength
Mentally strong people are physically fit. They exercise regularly and keep themselves as fit as possible.
They understand that a healthy body means a healthy mind which will create the best results