What's your definition of professional success? Is it having a high income? Working with the best clients? Or working enough so you can enjoy all other aspects of life? We're not going to debate that in this post (because it's Friday and nobody wants to have that discussion) but we do want to help you achieve your goal with the help of this video from Proactive Thinker. The video reveals four habits that they say every successful person shares, and they can all be applied specifically to independent IT contractors. The video is just under 5 minutes and provides more details, but here's a quick summary:
Learn to Say No: You can't work on every project and you can't do other team members' work while still expecting to serve your clients to the best of your ability.
Accept the Reality: Things go wrong in IT projects and in your job search. Accept what you can control and work with it.
Manage Your Energy: The healthier you are and better you eat, the more productive you'll be.
Take Ownership of Your Environment: You can't control the people a client hires, but you can control your friends. Do everything you can to surround yourself with others who support your goals.
What else would you add to the list?