There is already a plethora of literature describing what it takes to be a game changer out there. Some of the literature even guarantees that every single one of us can become a game changer. All we have to do is put our minds and our wallets to good use, and follow a special, secret formula!
In my perspective however, successful game changers not only have certain characteristic traits, but the circumstances of their lives also create an environment in which they have to succeed. This separates game changers from the “average” person. Many times, game changers develop their winning traits through trial by fire. At the end of the day however, most game changers, whether natural or learned, can easily be identified by four very distinguishable traits which set them apart:
1. Game Changers are Visionaries.
Generally speaking, this is the most easily identifiable marker of a game changer. One might say, “Anyone can have dreams and visions! What makes game changers different?” The difference is that game changers work on their vision. They are not completely satisfied with the status quo. While they are not looking to be a sensation or a trend, they feel the necessity to DO something about things they are not happy with. They generally follow their gut instincts and take much greater risks in achieving their success. They also have the courage to confront discomfort and conflict, while maintaining or even advancing their agendas.
Game changers also have a great personal sense of purpose when it comes to fulfilling their vision. More often than not, this purpose has nothing to do with fame, recognition or any kind of monetary incentives. They do what they do become someone has to, and no one else will step up to do whatever needs to be done. Once they start executing their strategy, game changers raise the standards they expect, with very elaborately thought out, intentional actions.
Ultimately, game changers are not happy with what already exists, and they demand a change from society with their grand visions.
2. Game Changers are Great Communicators.
Game changers are generally articulate, responsive communicators. They show much greater sensitivity to people’s needs and moods than the rest of us. They encourage dialog by being good, active listeners. They are incredibly persuasive negotiators because of their sensitivity to other people’s expectations. By validating other people’s opinions and needs, they influence and engage others. They increase participation and involvement in their cause.
Game changers are also very consistent and transparent with their communication. They do exactly what they set out to do, as much as their circumstances allow. When they cannot accomplish a task or make mistakes, they are very open about their failings.
At the end of the day, because of stellar communication skills, game changers also tend to be great orators who can mesmerize and influence even thousands of people into joining their cause.
3. Game Changers are Flexible and Adaptive.
Game Changers are generally more flexible in being able to “fit in” to a wide spectrum of environments. Even if they don’t technically fit in, they still feel at ease communicating and negotiating for their cause. This is because, generally speaking, most if not all game changers mentally plan several strategies of attack and several contingencies in case of failure. They are also bold enough to implement their strategies to maximize benefits for their cause.
Game changers are also never content just sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the status quo to change on their own. They are extremely pro-active, often creating their own opportunities to showcase their cause and raise awareness. They are very innovative with their strategies, words and actions, creating powerful messages for the general public to buy into. Their adaptability also lends itself to game changers having thick skins and resilience when it comes to their cause. They are used to people saying “no” or being skeptical, and they are also used to persuading these people into joining their cause by changing their minds.
In a nutshell, game changers’ flexibility makes them powerfully self-aware and observant. It necessitates the development of quick critical thinking and rapid synthesis of information, giving game changers the ability to prioritize and take bold actions to further their agenda in a split-second.
4. Game Changers are Committed.
Game changers are extremely persistent. Once they develop their vision, they might adapt to changes in the environment and modify their strategies, but they never give up or quit on their vision or mission. They learn very quickly from their mistakes. In fact, good game changers even use their mistakes to leverage more exposure for their cause!
As they grow into their roles, game changers also do their research, and acquire a wealth of knowledge, increasing their market intelligence on their target audience. Their ideas and visions may seem terrifying, too grandiose, or even fantastical to everyone, including themselves, but their commitment allows them to stay the course. Game changers often eagerly look for opportunities which highlight their causes and promote their agendas, even in the face of overwhelming failure. Their sole mission is to increase awareness to their cause, and make a difference, no matter what the cost.
So, can anybody be a game changer? Maybe. I think it takes some very unique natural abilities coupled with adverse circumstances that create these seemingly super humans. They know when and where work is necessary, and they have no qualms about doing potentially thankless jobs to make improvements in society. Are most people capable of being game changers? Absolutely! Will most people become game changers? Probably not.
Many of us know some game changers, and others either are or will be one at some point in our lives. Ultimately, no matter what the cause might be, every single game changer is simply exquisite in action, and definitely a force to reckon with!
– Dr. AJ