A neuroscientist explains the one surprising trait successful people have in common

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Here’s the brutal truth about achieving success:

There are way too many people thinking that it primarily comes down to “intelligence” or “creativity”.

They say, ‘if I only I was as intelligent as Mark Zuckerberg, then I’d be rich and successful.”

But they’re wrong…

Success doesn’t come down to intelligence, creativity or even luck.

There’s one trait that’s crucial to success that we all ignore because it’s ‘too boring’.

But the bottom line is this:

If you want to be successful, you need to be organized.

Yep, there’s no getting around it.

Sound too simple? Watch Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky describe why being organized is crucial to becoming successful, and why it also comes with a surprising downside.

For those of you who can’t watch the video right now, here’s a summary:

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says that highly successful people tend to have something called ‘repressive personality disorder’.

These are people that aren’t anxious or depressive, but are extremely organized and under control. They can tell you what they will have dinner 2 weeks from now because they’ve got this regimented life.

Everything is predictable.

If you’re asking yourself why you can’t be as together as they are, this is why:

Sapolsky says that their brains are squeezing their psychic sphincter shut around the clock to make sure everything is regulated, and everything is under control.

The downside?

This is highly stressful. Why?

Because they are constructing a world in which nothing stressful and unexpected ever occurs, which surprisingly takes a lot of stress!

And when there comes something you can’t control, you have a meltdown.

So while highly successful people tend to be highly organized, it also comes with the downside of being stressed all the time.