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What Do the World’s Winners Have in Common?

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Winners come in various different forms but many of them have similar personality traits. That's the view of a recent infographic, which studied hundreds of winners from the 21st century, ranging from sports and film stars to musicians and authors, to understand what these individuals have in common. Whether it's superstar award-winners at the BAFTAs and BRITs or gold medal winners at the Olympic Games, the infographic demonstrates that the world's winners have several familiar characteristics.


Those aged between 20-30 win most frequently

Although the average age of a first-time winner in all industries is 32-years-old, the most common period of life winners succeed is in their twenties, according to Betway Casino's recent infographic. In the sports industry, for instance, athletes are said to be in their peak fitness and condition in their twenties, allowing them to perform to the best of their abilities and stay at the top of their game. The world's most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, who has 23 Olympic gold medals to his name, scooped the last five medals at the 2016 Rio Games at the age of 31, before opting to retire from swimming. There's also plenty of talented youngsters in their mid-teens that have had the aptitude to set up in business. There are anomalies like Sir Chris Hoy, who maintained the passion and drive to win five gold medals and one silver at the 2012 London Olympics aged 36. That's why the average age sits at 32-years-old, particularly with industries such as television and film giving professionals a longer shelf life. In business, it's also entirely possible for successful professionals not to find their dream job until later in life. One thing winners across the industries need is a desire to continually improve and never get stale.

Winners are well-educated and well-versed in their professions

It's also interesting to note that the majority of successful men and women in the world are educated to degree level. Although being well-qualified is no guarantee of success, it's no secret that those who are given the tools to succeed have a far better chance than those who must make their own tools. There are several examples of superstars with few qualifications that have gone on to achieve amazing things, such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, whose families lived on the breadline and were forced to work hard to make ends meet. These difficult upbringings gave these stars the work ethic and humility to respect every cent they earn.

More winners are cancers than any other star sign

The infographic also states that the most common star sign among the world's winners is cancer. Astrostyle states that cancers are patient, creative and nurturing, which suggests that they care deeply about their professional careers as well as their loved ones. Cancers gain energy from being able to cling to comforts, be it job security or family and friends.

More winners are born on a Tuesday

Were you born on a Tuesday? You could be set for stardom if this infographic is anything to go by, with more of the world's winners born on a Tuesday than any other day of the week. Day of Birth says that those born on a Tuesday have warrior-like qualities, and are active, brave and serious about their work – all traits that a successful athlete, entrepreneur or entertainer require to make the big time.

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Tempted To Dial Your Ex: 5 Ways To Know Whether Or Not You Should Contact An Old Flame

Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.

It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.

At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.

So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.

Before You Dial The Ex...

First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.

What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?

You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.

Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.

Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.

Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.

If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:

  • Do: exercise ⁠— taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
  • Don't: be a couch potato.
  • Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
  • Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?