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 Over the years I have read about and observed a number of successful people.  During that time I have noted their habits.  Appreciate that not all these habits were in play all the time, but there was definitely a current underpinning their behavior that was on display.  Ironically, many of these are self-evident and resemble what our mothers and fathers may have told us when we were younger.  Interestingly, it appears if your goal is to be successful, our parents may have been right. 

However, even if we have not subscribed to these yet it is never too late.

To that end, here are 10 of the most often-cited habits of successful people (not in any particular order of importance).


Research points out a trait of successful people: they use what is available to them, i.e. when given lemons, make lemonade. In the middle of a stressful situation, it is often hard to focus, but many of us have something now that we have often found lacking in the past - time.  So, if you are one of those individuals with some extra time, this is a good opportunity to get your financial house in order. We have provided a "to do" list to address some of those tasks:


We might call them heroes - but most of them would be embarrassed.   They think they are just doing their job. Some appear to be fearless, but most are very aware of the risk they are taking and exercise what cautions are available to them.   At the end of the day they are exhausted, but they rest and do it again the next day. Some are seeing death everyday but keep on giving it their all to try to prevent it. Some don’t make it themselves. Many can’t see their families and friends because they are considered high risk. But they will just keep doing their job for as long as it takes.

You can’t praise these people enough, even though they usually won’t acknowledge they are any different than anyone else. A few Fullen Financial employees have family much closer to the pandemic than we wish they were. We also have many clients themselves, or their family members, directly involved in the effort to keep the pandemic at bay and trying to lessen the suffering.

We wanted to post some brief stories of who these people really are. If you are fortunate enough to have no one personally at risk I encourage you to read these.   It can be humbling to see how small we are. We will start with three individuals very close to Fullen Financial employees.



The coronavirus pandemic, like prior disasters and times of social upheaval, provides scammers with a vulnerable population looking for help and, unfortunately these criminals will take advantage of every opportunity. We are also online a lot more now without the benefit of sophisticated corporate firewalls and hungry for information and updates. What are some of the more “popular” scams right now? They vary from sale of non-existent PPE, to work from home scams, to get rich investment schemes such as investing in a cure for COVID-19. These scams can take the form of emails, phone calls, solicitations through social media to people knocking on your front door.

There are ways to protect yourself.