How to reach high-flyers

High achiever: 7 signs you're a top talent

There are people who are born on the sunny side of life. Sunday children and true ones High flyerwho seem to succeed in everything: they have a great job, earn well, get around a lot, have family and friends. Such high-flyers often serve as a role model, but on the other hand also arouse envy. Others struggle all their lives and never find a green branch, high-flyers turn everything they touch into pure gold. No wonder that you feel discouraged at first. But no reason to despair. Perhaps you are a high-flyer yourself. These are the signs that you can tell that you're a high-flyer - and what you can do to become one ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

High flyer: what does that mean?

A high-flyer is a person who outperforms other people in many areas, ie who “flies over” others high up and is simply faster where others would also like to be.

For example, if a child skips a class, be quick there is talk of giftedness, it has to be a child prodigy, there is no other explanation for the fact that it simply overtakes the classmates in terms of performance.

The Duden defines high-flyers a little differently:

Someone who is more talented, more intelligent, more capable - and therefore much more quickly successful - than the average.

This includes an important point that is unfortunately often overlooked: a high-flyer does not necessarily fall into the lap of everything. Often it is the attitude, work ethic, motivation or even greater will that sets a person apart from the average and makes them a high flyer.

Being efficient is a Synonymous with hard work. A very old, pragmatic virtue. High-flyers sometimes have an advantage due to their talent, talent or intelligence - but much more often they are characterized by the fact that they invest more, show more commitment and are more diligent than the rest.

Signs that you are a high flyer

Do you see yourself as a high flyer? Many respond with No, even with a positive self-image, most people introduce themselves to someone else under a high-flyer. there are some signsthat you are a high flyer - and may not have noticed it that way before.

If the following points apply to you, there are several reasons why you should belong to the high flyers and have already left the average behind:

  • You feel underchallenged in your job

    Your tasks on the job are easy for you, you have not been asked to take a real test for some time and even the most difficult to-dos are nothing more than routine work for you. Those who are regularly under-challenged in their jobs may be high-flyers and are simply too good for the position they are currently in.

  • You have more ideas than you can implement

    High-flyers often have numerous ideas - but cannot always decide what to pursue. Therefore, sometimes different projects are implemented at the same time and there are still other ideas that have to be postponed for a while. This unbalanced relationship between creativity and drive on the one hand and the available time and resources on the other can often be observed in high flyers.

  • Your boss is afraid of you

    Do you achieve one success after the other, take on new projects and more responsibility in record time and the advancement in the company is already foreseeable? This is good for you, but your boss will be frightened. If you are so good at your job that your line manager perceives you as a competitor and fears that you could dispute his position, you are probably a high-flyer.

  • You are perceived as snooty

    From the outside it can quickly be perceived as arrogant or snooty if you always perform well and it also looks as if it is child's play for you. Many high-flyers struggle with this problem and therefore do not always have easy new contacts and relationships.

  • You will be envied

    Another, unfortunately, common problem among high-flyers is envy. Of course, it can be nice for your own ego to be envied, but with envy comes the resentment of others - sometimes even to the point that you are not granted success and are to be contested by rumors or other harmful actions.

  • You really enjoy your work

    Even small and seemingly unimportant things can determine whether you are a high-flyer. For example, if you pursue your passion, give 120 percent at every opportunity and enjoy your job endlessly, then there is a high probability that you will be one of the high flyers. You are more motivated, more committed and more productive than anyone else who lacks your positive attitude towards work, which means you leave the average behind.

  • You are unsure of your abilities

    It seems contradictory, but in fact it is often the high-flyers who particularly doubt their own abilities. This is accompanied by the (completely unfounded) fear and uncertainty that others might find out how little you can actually do yourself - this is the so-called impostor syndrome. High-flyers cannot believe and recognize their own achievements, successes and qualifications, instead they fear being a con man or even a fraud.

Academic background: Automatically high-flyer?

There are many attempts to explain and justify how high-flyers come about. Are almost old explanations at hand: high-flyers have talent, they were born with it.

Or they got lucky. The parents supported their child accordingly. This is probably true in many cases. The basic requirements are not the same everywhere. Who comes from a poorly educated family and No support at home finds out, has worse chances.

Despite all the lip service of various politicians: In households with at least an academic parent 74 out of 100 children start studying. In traditional working-class households, however, there are just 21 out of 100 children. Not to mention later study success.

The higher education report 2020 states:

Only about half as many non-academic children as academic children acquire a university entrance qualification. But then the social selection does not stop: up to the master’s degree, the ratio rises to just under 1: 6, up to the doctorate even to 1:10. That is, out of 100 academic children, an average of ten acquire a doctorate, and out of 100 non-academic children only one.

Scientists agree: This discrepancy cannot be explained by the fact that only high flyers are born in academic households, but rather by early support is different in the parental home.

10 tips that will make you a high flyer

No pain no gain means you have a certain amount of Self-discipline and renunciation have to pattern up to drive developments in the area that is important to you.

The good news, however, is that it is entirely possible to become a high-flyer. The following tips help you:

  • Determine your own time.

    High flyers can say no, others are driven by colleagues, by external circumstances. You put yourself in a victim role that is completely unnecessary. Of course, as long as you are not a managing director, but rather a small cog, you of course have other decision-making options than at the top of the hierarchy. But that doesn't mean that there aren't enough adjusting screws that you can change something - true to the motto: Small cattle also make crap.

  • Do the uncomfortable first

    Work first, then pleasure: there is a reason why you should start the day with rather uncomfortable tasks: this is when your performance curve is at its highest. If you approach things with the appropriate concentration, you will solve the task much faster. If, on the other hand, you procrastinate until the afternoon, you are much more likely to fail in difficult tasks.

  • Structure your working hours

    Plan in advance how much time you have for which tasks. When planning, it is always important to consider a time buffer - unforeseen things can always occur. A call from a customer, a colleague who needs to speak or a particularly large number of email inquiries. The structuring also means that you work with to-do lists, for example, in order to have an overview of the things to be done. Ideally, the evening before, you should already have the things ready that you will need for the next day or that you want to tackle first.

  • Focus on your tasks

    High-flyers are masters of self-control. You concentrate fully on your tasks and thus achieve your goals more often. You can do this by hiding or blocking distractions as far as possible: switch the phone to mute, redirect important tasks to a colleague. Set up fixed times for phone calls and e-mails, ask colleagues for their understanding. Anyone who has difficulty concentrating due to a noisy environment can work with earplugs or - if available - in specially designed quiet areas.

  • Specialize

    The tips mentioned above will benefit you in every job, especially when it comes to work processes. What about the content? Do you still see any point in your work or have your work content or your own interests shifted? Those who are ready for new tasks and have more decision-making powers can acquire in-depth or new knowledge through advanced training. If you see few opportunities in your current company, there may be another way of turning your hobby into a profession.

  • Be realistic

    Anyone who always looks at other people, who seem to be running perfectly, not only loses sight of their own goal, but is also often caught up in a fallacy: You can only look other people in front of the head, appearances are often deceptive . Is your colleague married, has two great children and a house? The house is not paid off. One of the children has massive learning difficulties. Marriage is in crisis - none of these things are appropriate to be discussed in detail with every colleague. That means, if you take a look behind the facade, then your colleague may not be a superman, but turns out to be a completely normal person who may be really good in a sub-area that particularly catches your eye.

  • Plan some rest

    Those who work a lot also need compensation. How you design it depends on your preferences. It is important that physical exercise is not neglected. Endurance sports such as jogging or swimming are not only a healthy alternative to frequent sitting, they also help massively in reducing stress. Regular breaks and recovery times help with regeneration and help you relax and be able to get on with your tasks with new creativity.

  • Know your weaknesses

    Those who tend towards perfectionism probably have particularly great difficulties in admitting their weaknesses. But nobody can always give 100 percent. And not every task requires this 100 percent. And in some cases it can make sense to apply the Eisenhower principle, i.e. to look: What is urgent and important, what can perhaps be delegated to others?

  • Do it one by one

    Nobody really knows how to multitask, so don't even try to do all of the tasks at the same time. You will be far more effective when you dedicate yourself fully to one task, finish it, and then move on to the next. If you tear yourself out to pursue another task, you tear yourself out of the flow, every time. On average, employees then need 15 minutes each time to be able to fully concentrate on one thing.

  • Check your values

    Stop from time to time and check that you are devoting yourself to the area that matters most to you and that you are comfortable with it. There is no point in chasing after an ideal long ago when your priorities have shifted in the meantime.

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20th October 2020Author: Anja Rassek

Anja Rassek studied, among other things, German at the WWU in Münster. She worked for community radio and a publisher. Here she devotes herself to topics relating to the office, everyday work and studies.

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