The Free Retiree Show

The Secrets to Becoming a High Achiever w/Dr. Ruth Gotian

November 2, 2022

No one wants to be average. Most people aim to be above average and achieve greater things. The major problem is that most people don't know how to be above average.  People always look up to high achievers. There are a number of characteristics shared by people who consistently achieve their goals. Society tells us that if we put forth maximum effort, success will follow. Is this true or just a saying that justifies all the time and energy we put into our careers?


What is it that sets the most successful people apart from the rest of the pack? If you answered "hard work," "natural ability," or "luck," you should reconsider your answer. Working hard, having natural abilities, and even having some luck on your side are all critical, but they're only pieces of the success puzzle.  Numerous studies over many years have shown that it is not so much a person's inherent abilities that allow them to succeed, but rather their actions and mindset.


We are honored to have Dr. Ruth Godian on The Free Retiree Show. She is the Mentoring Academy's Executive Director, former Assistant Dean of Mentoring, and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. As a current contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today, she writes about how we can optimize ourselves for success. She is a semi-finalist for Forbes' 50 Over 50 list and was one of only 30 people in the globe to make Thinkers50's Radar List in 2021. She has also received various mentorship honors. She is the author of the best selling book, The Success Factor: Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance. 


After coaching prolific high achievers, Dr. Ruth shares how highly successful people set themselves apart from the crowd, the importance of mentorship and how to become above average. 


This is a value-packed episode you shouldn’t miss! Listen now. 


What you’ll learn in this episode: 

  • Tips from high achievers
  • Why mentorship is a requirement for success
  • How to find your passion
  • How to rise above mediocrity 
  • Similarities of highly successful people 

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