7 signs you’re a quiet achiever (who is more successful than people think)

Quiet achievers are considered to be intelligent and industrious!

In other words, being a quiet achiever is a great quality.

But what actually are the signs that someone is a quiet achiever?

If you’re wondering whether you might be a quiet achiever (who is more successful than people think), these are some of the signs that confirm it!

1) You’re consistent 

First things first, quiet achievers are consistent.  

They show up for themselves and put the work into things when other people aren’t watching. 

Simply put, quiet achievers just get on with things and do more doing than talking.

It’s a definite sign that you’re a quiet achiever if you are consistent with your craft or whatever you’re putting your mind to…

… And you don’t feel the need to either post it all over social media or tell everyone about it all the time.  

You see, quiet achievers get to work on building up their skills and they focus on the work that’s required, rather than shouting about things all the time.

For example, a quiet achiever is much more likely to work on building up their portfolio quietly…

Then one day, when they do share, people will be blown away by what they’ve created and the work they’ve put in.

Quiet achievers know that it pays to lay low and work hard, before unveiling what they’ve been working on. 

2) You don’t boast

Quiet achievers don’t feel the need to boast.

They know that not only does boasting make them unfavorable… 

…But it’s a waste of time when they could actually be doing the thing!

Simply put, quiet achievers recognize that boasting is actually not worth it because it doesn’t benefit them or others.

I like to consider myself a quiet achiever, who just gets on with the task at hand and who doesn’t boast.

You see, I work hard but I don’t feel the need to tell the world just how hard I’m working.

I let my work speak for itself.

But I see so many people I used to work with just constantly boasting about their achievements on social media.

More often than not, I find myself wondering what good all of that boasting actually is doing… And who is benefiting! 

Sure, self-promotion is a good idea to grow your network and business… 

…But there’s a difference between constantly boasting about what you’ve been doing and sharing it occasionally with a purpose.

3) They celebrate under-the-radar

Quiet achievers like to celebrate their wins too!

But unlike loud achievers, who might take to social media to announce their latest success, quiet achievers celebrate their wins under-the-radar.

By this, I mean they celebrate their wins amongst their nearest and dearest. 

They might toast to their achievements and celebrate in a way that feels meaningful… 

…As opposed to sharing it with people who, in all honesty, couldn’t care less. 

In my experience, it’s always so much more fulfilling just keeping my achievements to myself and celebrating them with my inner circle.

If you find yourself doing the same when you have something worth celebrating, it’s a sure sign that you’re a quiet achiever!

4) You don’t get distracted by the easy route 

Quiet achievers are aware that distractions are all around us…

From hanging out with people and drinking alcohol to watching television.

…But they don’t let distractions derail them.

That’s not to say that they don’t ever watch television or hang out with friends, but they’re very conscious about the fact there are many things that have the possibility of distracting them from what’s important.

In other words, they’re aware that distractions are the easy route and they don’t head down that road.

Rather than filling their time with distractions, quiet achievers get on with what they need to do… quietly. 

They don’t make a song and dance about how busy they are if they need to turn down a social event; instead, they just say they’re not able to join…

…And they use that time to work on whatever they had planned.

Maybe it’s a workout to reach their fitness goals, maybe it’s practicing a skill, maybe it’s working on a piece of work to add to their portfolio.  

You see, quiet achievers just get on with things without talking about it!

5) You take your time

We live in a world where people are constantly rushing… It’s a culture of never having enough time and trying to do everything.

It’s not healthy!

Now, quiet achievers aren’t like this.

Simply put, quiet achievers aren’t in a rush.

Do you know Aesop’s story about the tortoise and the hare?

It’s like that:

Quiet achievers are like the tortoise who is making its way quietly, slowly and steadily in the background.

They keep plodding away, bit by bit, towards the goal and know that they’ll get there in good time. 

You see, quiet achievers know that rushing isn’t a solution, and that things take time to learn, master or understand.

What’s more, they don’t want to burn out and resent what it is they’re trying to accomplish.

For that reason, they don’t try to speed up the process by rushing to the finish line.

You see, they know they’ll get there eventually… 

…And they know that there’s so much joy and fulfillment from the process of learning and growing itself.

I often like to think about the tortoise when I find myself piling on the pressure to get so much done in such a short time period… I remember that it’s alright to take my time.

There’s no satisfaction in burning out through the process!

6) You don’t mind being ‘average’

There’s a lot of pressure that’s piled on people who are called ‘ones to watch’…

You know the ones who are very active at self-promotion and posting their lives on social media.

But this can be very stifling for a person, causing them to not actually perform very well at all.

Think about it: if you have all eyes on you, it’s a recipe for stressing out and messing up.

Quiet achievers know this!

As a result, they allow themselves to get on with things in the shadows of loud achievers as it means they can produce their best work (or reach whatever goal they have in mind) without people keeping tabs on them…

…And ultimately throwing them off the course!

Now, it makes sense that quiet achievers are much more successful than people think. 

Unlike their loud counterparts, they’re more focused on quietly doing and reaching their goals

If this sounds like you, it’s a sure sign that you’re a quiet achiever.

What’s more, there’s no need to change this way of being as it allows you to get to where you want to go.

7) You look at things differently 

As you know by now: quiet achievers look at things differently.

In my experience, I look at the things I do as truly for myself and not for others.

In other words, the milestones I hit and things I create or for me to celebrate.

I realize that any praise I get from other people on social media is fleeting… And it really doesn’t mean all that much.

As if that’s not enough, if you do things just to get praise on social media then you’re going to be disappointed.

Think about it: if you don’t get the amount of praise or recognition that you were hoping for then it will make you feel flat and like you’re not worthy.

Quiet achievers know this, which is why they don’t fall for the route of being loud and boasting.

Simply put, they have the recipe for long-term fulfillment… 

…And they don’t care if other people don’t know just how successful they are, as that’s not where happiness is found.

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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