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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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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist