6 Traits Of People Who Always Get What They Want

Wanting something is one of the first desires that many people feel, even as infants. As people grow up, their ‘wants’ become more acute, and many people find out that only some people actually get what they want. The question then becomes: how can I get what I want? Luckily, there are a few concrete habits that people who get what they want all seem to have. Let’s take a closer look at six of these elusive, but extremely useful, habits.

6 Traits Of People Who Always Get What They Want

Ask and Articulate

It may sound relatively simple, but most people who are successful in life know how to ask for things. Asking is different than demanding, and asking and properly articulating ideas is different than asking in a vague or unclear fashion. Some people consider asking to be a sign of weakness, akin to begging or pleading, but that is just not true. Many professionals speak of the confidence that it takes to assert and articulate your needs, and the positive impact that this assertion can have on relationships with bosses, coworkers, and spouses.

Listen Actively

Listening is hard to do, but people who listen to others are inevitably better prepared to negotiate and advocate for things that they want. So much of the content of relationships is reliant on listening, and people who have difficulty paying attention or remaining interested in what someone else is saying are beginning each conversation, interaction, or new relationship at a disadvantage. People who listen actively are more attuned to the needs of their conversational partner, and better equipped to find a solution where both parties can get what they want.

Have Relevant and Researched Information On Hand

Somewhat related to the last point, but important nonetheless: being able to speak confidently and coherently about what you want is one thing, but backing that opinion up with relevant facts is quite another. Should you be forced to debate or argue someone else about what you want, it is always better to go into that potential confrontation with information at the ready. Your superior, colleague, or partner will appreciate the effort that you’ve put into researching the topic, and you will come off as the better informed party – and the person most likely to receive what you’re asking for.

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