How can you tell when someone is great?
Is someone great? If so, how can you tell? The truth is that you cannot really tell if someone else is great or not by just looking at them, listening to them speak, or reading their writing. However, there are some clues that will help you judge if someone’s behavior indicates greatness or not. To find out what those clues are, keep reading to learn what it means to be great in life and how you can tell when someone else has achieved that state of greatness.
Great people have good intentions
A truly inspiring person always has good intentions. They have selfless goals, working hard to make a positive impact on other people’s lives rather than just improving their own lives. If an individual doesn’t have pure intentions, they cannot help others progress. A truly great person has strong leadership skills and will motivate those around them to do good as well. They don’t want credit for their work; they simply want to make things better for everyone in their vicinity. Great people are charitable and generous with their time, money, and knowledge because it makes them feel fulfilled knowing that other people are able to benefit from what they give out of kindness.
Great people know how to say no
When people are in a position of power, they often get put into a tricky situation. They might be well aware that one of their ideas isn’t going to work, but others will see it as their idea and push for it. In situations like these, it’s important to keep an open mind and listen to what others have to say—but if you know something isn’t going to pan out, don’t feel pressured to agree with others just because they think your idea is better than theirs. Great people know when saying no makes sense and aren’t afraid of letting others down by vetoing a suggestion.
Great people know how to forgive
There are several reasons why it’s important to forgive others. First, when you don’t forgive others for things they’ve done wrong, your relationship with them will become strained and difficult. If a person refuses to forgive another, he becomes bitter and resentful, which leads to a negative outlook on life. Second, not forgiving makes forgiveness seem impossible—it reinforces feelings of helplessness by solidifying those feelings as habits that won’t easily go away. Forgiveness isn’t always easy—but it has its benefits. Being able to let go of past events allows one to focus on doing what he needs to do in order to be successful in his future.
Great people know how to control their emotions
Whether we like it or not, what we do and how we behave is often determined by our emotions. For instance, if a boss threatens your job or colleagues make unkind remarks about your work, it’s easy to react emotionally by striking back at them. Of course, just because an emotional reaction is understandable doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. If you want to be a great person—someone people consider role models—your first impulse should be to control those emotions rather than act on them. Not only will that help ensure that your actions aren’t dictated by anger, bitterness, or resentment but also that they are guided by generosity, patience and kindness.
Great people don’t judge others by appearance
Everyone has good days and bad days. It’s how we deal with those times that determines our greatness. When you see someone having a bad day, try to empathize rather than criticize or judge them for their shortcomings. Remember: The person with poor hygiene, whose appearance doesn’t seem to match her station in life or who may be overweight could have had a string of bad days just like everyone else. Being humble enough to understand that won’t make you less great; it will make you a better person.
Great people enjoy learning new things
A commonality of every great person I’ve ever met is that they were always learning new things. This isn’t to say that they needed to read a book a day, but that they actively sought out knowledge from any source possible. Whether it was going out of their way to meet someone new or putting in more time with their loved ones, those who become great are constantly looking for ways to expand their world and their experiences. By exposing themselves to new people and environments, these individuals force themselves outside of their comfort zones; whereas in familiar environments there’s less opportunity for personal growth—thereby limiting self-improvement. If there’s one thing great people do well, it’s pushing themselves beyond what they previously thought possible.
Great people appreciate their friends, family, and colleagues
Great people are loyal and always try to bring out the best in their fellow man. Whether it’s a see something, say something approach or just sincerely seeing things from other people’s perspectives, they make an effort to be considerate and respectful. Every time they encounter a person, they strive to make that person feel good about themselves. This might seem like a simple thing, but most of us don’t do it very often (if at all). In fact, several studies have shown that actively looking for ways to make people feel good actually improves your mood and makes you happier. Great people never forget that others matter too; because of them, others are inspired to want to be great as well.