Success

10 Traits Of A Successful Human Being

There’s a lot of talk about what you should do to become successful, but I would argue that it’s more about who you are that makes the biggest impact.  It’s the decisions we make on a daily basis, the habits we naturally form in our lives that determine the level of success we can achieve.  Who we are determines how we react to life, even when we’re not consciously in the act of ‘being successful’.

So here are 10 traits that I’ve seen as essential for obtaining lasting success in any endeavor.

1. An Independent Nature

If we rely too much on those around us for assistance and/or support we will be setting ourselves up for disappointment in the future.  This is not to say that we shouldn’t look to others for help when the time is right, but crafting our pursuits in such a way that requires the intervention of another is like handing over the keys and getting in the back seat.  Our friends and colleagues may help open the doors of opportunity, but it is our own responsibility to take the wheel.

2. Self Confidence

Every decision we make in life will have some kind of effect on future outcomes.  If our choices our filtered through fear and doubt, we can be assured of the life we are trying to avoid.  Trust your instincts and listen to your heart.  When you make a mistake, don’t look at it as reason for doubt, but instead, realize the opportunity for wisdom as you continue to push ahead.

3. Persistence

It’s been 5 years since I started my consulting business.  5 years of long hours and hard work.  Many times did I consider throwing in the towel when things didn’t go my way.  But every year that’s gone by, every road block I’ve pushed through, my business has grown as my resolve to make it a success has strengthened.  Persistence is not an optional trait for those who desire success, but an essential attitude that must be embraced!

4. A Big Imagination

When I think of some of the greatest ‘achievers’ in American history I see great innovators and people of purpose.  Names like Henry Ford, Walt Disney and Bill Gates come to mind.  From cars to cartoons to computers, their personalities were as diverse as their pursuits.  But one thing they share is the wonderful ability to see what’s not yet visible to the naked eye.  It was the imagination of Henry Ford that first painted the picture of a car in every garage, and Bill Gates, a computer in every home.  And it was Walt Disney who continues to inspire millions with the idea that ‘anything is possible’.

Those with inevitable success can see the unseen.  They’ve become successful in their minds before they laid their first brick.

5. A Thick Skin

I’m a people pleaser at heart and can be devastated by disappointment.  But as a necessity in business, I’ve grown a thick skin that allows me to deflect defeat while maintaining my focus.  Whether in corporate conflict or the liabilities of life, it is those with a strong armor who will maintain their momentum.

6. Clarity Of Self Understanding

If you don’t know who you are, you will never truly know what you’re capable of.  It is in our daily pursuits that we need accurate information on our strengths and weaknesses to succeed.  Because being blind sided by your own inability or missing out on your true talents will bring nothing more than failure and frustration.

7. Clarity Of Intent

Continuing with the analogy of Ford, Disney and Gates, we can see three individuals with very clear intentions.  No one ever questioned Ford’s intentions of filling the roads with his Model T’s.  Disney was never far from his pursuits of capturing our imaginations.  And even when no one believed in his dream of populating every home with a PC, there was never a question of Gates greatest goal.

8. Focus

There’s a lot of talk about multi-tasking and single tasking when it comes to getting things done.  But however you go about accomplishing your goals, focus must be at the core of your character.  Successful people have the knack for deflecting distraction and keeping their nose to the grindstone.  It is our drive that pushes us forward and keeps our momentum, but without focus we will just be moving for the sake of motion.

9. Optimism

Many of the traits mentioned thus far would not be possible without this key ingredient.  Without being able to constantly see the cup as half full, we would never be able to stay focused.  Being blind to that silver lining would paralyze our persistence.  So it is absolutely crucial that our minds maintain a positive outlook on life and never give in to the destruction of defeat.  Optimism is at the heart of a successful human being!

10. Passion

Success can be obtained by many, but maintaining the drive to reach our goals requires a passion for pursuit and a lust for life.  We can create a to-do list and set our goals with the best of them, but without this necessary habitual hunger, we will most certainly fail to bring to the table the results we imagined.

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This guest post was written by Eric Hamm. Eric writes about personal growth at his blog Motivate Thyself. You can subscribe to his RSS feed here.

  • http://axelg.com axel g

    Passion propels us forward…

    Nice post +_+

  • http://writerdad.com Writer Dad

    Eric,

    These are all tremendous points, none more so than the first three. We have to be confident to know we can do what we need to do, persistent to get it done, and independent enough to devise a plan that isn’t imprisoned by established rules. Great post, Eric.

  • Greg

    11. Ability to collaborate and unite. Nobody can do it all themselves.

  • Amy

    The post was nice, but a week before the election, maybe you shouldn’t be slapping a picture of Senator Obama on top of it. People could debate whether he meets these traits or is successful– plus, it will turn off others to what you might say. Of all the pictures to put up, you chose this one?

    • http://www.pickthebrain.com Peter | Pick The Brain

      Whether or not he is elected I think most people – Democrats and Republicans – would agree Obama is a “successful human being”.

      • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

        That depends on your definition of successful ;)

        • http://financialphilosopher.typepad.com/thefinancialphilosopher/ Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

          Perhaps the image of Obama will inspire others to define “success” for themselves…

          Furthermore, the display of the image will not direct a mindful person to the assumption that Obama is, indeed, the definition of success, unless that person already believed that to be true. For that matter, a mindful person would obtain the same usage from this post with or without any images.

          A mindless person, however, might come to the conclusion that Obama is successful because of its placement in this post.

          Perhaps the audience of this blog is primarily people who have minds of their own? (Sarcasm intended)

          On to my initial purpose for commenting today: This would likely be counter-productive in the apparent attempt to drive more traffic to this blog with the use of a “top 10 list” but this list could be reduced to one trait of successful people that enables all other successful traits to ensue: Self-awareness.

          My opinion aside, this is a useful and refreshing post. Thanks…

          “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

      • Sean

        That “successful human being” is promising to push America towards socialism. How are the rest of supposed to remain optimistic about that?

        Good article otherwise. I’ll just copy and paste the article into a Word document.

  • http://motivatethyself.com Eric Hamm

    @axel: Thanks for your input and the kind words. :-)

    @Writer Dad: Well said and I’m glad you connected with the post!

    @Greg: Great point. Good addition to the list!

    @Amy: I had NOTHING to do with the image chosen here. I was shocked when I first looked at it this morning. My post was in NO WAY political and didn’t intend on making it that way. I COMPLETELY agree with you here.

    EVERYONE: I did NOT chose this picture and in NO WAY associate with politics in this post.

  • http://blog.neverthesamerivertwice.com Maria | Never the Same River Twice

    “Big Imagination” really resonates with me. Often we label people “successful” because they make a lot of money and have nice stuff. For me, this is only good if it is accompanied by a vision of an improved future. It’s also a lot of fun!

  • http://motivatethyself.com Eric Hamm

    As the author of this post I just wanted to make one think clear:

    I had nothing to do with the image of Obama and I had no intention on making this post political. So I hope you are able to enjoy my words whether you agree with the picture or not.

    Thanks for you kinds words thus far, Eric.

    • http://www.pickthebrain.com Peter | Pick The Brain

      Eric,

      I have already contacted you privately to apologize. However, I also want the readers of this article know you’re absolutely right – you had no say in choosing the original picture that accompanied this article. It was a very stupid decision on my part to add a political tone to the article when, as anyone who reads the article will realize, there was no reference to Obama or politics.

  • Dani

    I’m sorry Eric, but I disagree with you when you put Bill Gates as an example… surely he’s been successful, but I don’t think someone who has antitrust law violations is admirable. For the same reason that Stanley O’Neal, who was CEO of Merrill Lynch, doesn’t deserve any admiration, even that he’s very rich right now.
    Furthermore, the first one who had the idea of a PC in every home was Steve Jobs, not mister Gates ;)

    • Betsy

      And we can’t forget Steve Wozniak. Jobs couldn’t have done it without Wozniak.

    • http://motivatethyself.com Eric Hamm

      @Dani: I thought the Bill Gates may bring some disagreement. I certainly won’t say you’re wrong about some of his questionable practices. So maybe admiration is not an adjective to use when describing the man, but I think he was a great visionary of technology.

      Heck, I’m sure Ford stepped on some people as he made his way to the top.

      Betsy pointed out another great example. Many of these people were/are by no means perfect individuals. Some are certainly more admirable than others.

  • http://www.morgen-kaffee.de Michael Michalowski

    you’re completly right

  • http://personaltransformationcenter.com Bee | Personal Development

    I would also like to add another characteristic that makes all the difference in the world as far as being successful, and that is being unconditional with yourself (and therefor others). Success isn’t how many cars we have or how much money we have, or even how many people we have helped in our lives. Success is how are you living your life. Are you living what you love? If you are, then you are successful. If you love being a gardener, a teacher, a sewage worker, or a pilot, and you are those things, then you are successful.
    I started with the need to be unconditional because that is the key to being able to live what you love. Being unconditional means not judging how you are living your life now, or have lived your life in the past. It means allowing what is in the moment, because that is the only way you can change the future moment. Is to allow what is, and choose differently (you cannot choose success through judgment and fear).

    That would be the last characteristic I would add…..

  • http://learnthis.ca/2008/06/success-consistently-living-with-purpose/ Mike King

    Nice post and generally great traits to have. To me however, success is simply continually living with purpose. If you can do that, the rest of life doesn’t matter so much. All those traits can help one do that though, but purpose just has to be there!

  • http://www.healthmoneysuccess.com Vincent

    Hi Eric,

    I believe that the characteristics of successful people that you written are definitely true.

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  • http://myselfhelpsolution.com Semmy

    Hi Eric this is a great post! thank you

    Cheers
    Semmy
    http://myselfhelpsolution.com

  • http://themasterssecretkey.com Candace

    Passion is the biggest drive of all. When passion is involved you push ahead no matter what.

  • http://www.codeflow.co.za Juliet

    Hi
    Really good post.
    Flexibility too…
    Juliet

  • http://motivatethyself.com Eric Hamm

    @Michael: Glad you connected with the post.

    @Bee: “Are you living what you love? If you are, then you are successful.”

    I couldn’t agree more!

    @Mike King: Living without purpose is quite a depressing thought. I must agree that this is an essential trait for the others to matter. Good point!

    @Vincent: Glad you got something out of the post.

    @Semmy: My pleasure! :-)

    @Juliet: “Flexibility too…”

    Very true! Eric.

  • Ron Towns

    Two very powerful things here: clarity of intent, and one that you are missing, meditation.

    Clarity of intent or, knowing your desired outcome will direct towards that outcome. Its opposite would be like going on a trip across the country to Boston without a road map. You may go along for a ride, but it doesn’t mean you’ll actually get to your desired destination. The human mind works best when it is following a game plan.

    Another very important trait of successful people is their ability to gain clarity, to clear their mind of emotions, information, and anything else that is not relevant to what they are shooting to accomplish. Meditation is the most powerful form of gaining clarity in my opinion. My favorite book of all time for teaching this is John Assaraf’s “The Complete Vision Board Kit.” You can actually download a free chapter from the book here, enjoy!… http://tinyurl.com/56mfen

  • http://www.rebelzen.com/2008/10/how-to-get-high-without-drugs/ Seamus Anthony

    Eric – that is an awesome list. You could do an entire workshop series off that and I am sure it would be a hit.

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  • http://motivatethyself.com Eric Hamm

    @Ron: You guys keep adding such great 11′s, 12′s and so on! Meditation would certainly be a worthy addition.

    @Seamus: Thanks! You’re probably right. :-) Eric.

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  • Matt

    Very informative thank you for the insight. I’m not sure if it wall fall under persistence, but during the course of my life I’ve found that it’s difficult to be successful at anything without consistency. Thanks again…

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    Love the article, people really can get far when they believe in themselves! Improving yourself improves your world around you.

  • http://realjobsb.com Real

    thanks for this great post :)

  • a panda

    second line in point two should be spelt are, not our. 

    • Sweetpixie_280

      and spelt should be spelled

      • LILBTHEBASEDGOD

         Lol nice try.

      • Hangten14

        Spelled is most common in the US, however both are acceptable throughout the rest of the world.

  • a panda

    second line in point two should be spelt are, not our. 

  • http://twitter.com/maritzacollazo Maritza Collazo

    I love this. Thanks so much for posting.

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    I love this. Thanks so much for posting.

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  • Jackie

    This all sounds wonderful but unfortunately it’s not true. Most successful people are perfectly normal. They just happen to fall in favourable circumstances which allow them to succeed. It is easy to develop most of the above traits (optimism, focus, passion, etc) if you have everything going for you. If you don’t, you’d be foolish to be an optimist.

    • Tiffany

      You’re wrong. There is nothing wrong with be optimistic. These ten steps are nothing but the truth. It’d be you, who is foolish thinking that you have to “stumble/fall” upon becoming something of yourself.

      • bob.berg

        Nothing irritates me more than a lucky ass giving me advice on how to be successful.

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • F15B

          Suppose you train for and enter a race that no one thinks you can win or apply for a job no one thinks you will get because there are other competitors/applicants who have better qualifications or experience or contacts.
          What if by chance the top person or favored candidate makes a damaging mistake or becomes ill or simply drop out for personal reason? Or perhaps those who make the decisions simply fall in love with you because you represent something to them?
          Or better yet, let’s say you don’t win. But going through the process was great training in itself and now you are more aware of your weaknesses and strengths and know where to focus your efforts for a better outcome. 
          Also in the process, you have made some contacts along the way and have attracted the attention of some influential people who want to invest in you or in your cause. None of this would have happened if you didn’t get in the game. And even if you didn’t get what I you going for initially, you still end up in a much better place than where you started.
          Luck favors the prepared.   

        • Thankful

          Then don’t read it, it’s all good advice…and I am going to apply it, maybe I can become more successful, but one most important point is missing, and it is: Always put God first. If He is your first priority, things will fall into place, I experienced it in my life, recently again, and can assure you, if you put Him first, you will notice a difference. Now before anybody make any comments on this, I am not trying to convince anybody, I am just telling you about my experience.

      • AaronSC

        theres a fine line … being too optimistic can lead to failure, and the “fall” will be that much worse.. knowing your limits to things that you can do is key.

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    This is absolute truth, everyone can do anything its just matter of these 10 things.  Failure is the first step to success, embrace it and the world is yours. Knowledge is power.

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  • Schwemc

    This was a great post! Everything that I read is something that is extremely useful for anybody to read. In my opinion, one of the least thought about abilities of human beings is that of concentration and focus. Here is a great article about focus and concentration that talks about how it is a huge factor in our intelligence levels. 
    http://younglifeperception.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/focus-concentration-genius/

  • Martin H.

    I definitely agree with this post, nothing without hard work
    and dedication has been achieved by one of the greatest people that live…

    “If I had eight
    hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax” Abraham
    Lincoln

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  • Saddu Shah

    good comments

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    Awesome!

  • Serret90

    I agree with all 10 of theses traits. My husband , who. I consider very successful has all of these in spades. Of the 10, for him I think the top three are passion, persistence and focus. With just these 3 I think it is a recipe for success. The question remains how do you get these traits? genetics? Learned?

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  • CITIZEN19862013

    You people sound like fucking morons. Listen, stop with the excuses. You want something? Guess what? You only YOU can get it for yourself. If you dont push your own limits or travel past your own comfort zone, nothing’s going to happen. Success will come if you just keep trying after every loss and every almost. Dont give up on yourself people. Believe in yourself and change. Everybody changes in life. Its how we learn and grow through life. Stop being stubborn. You may not actually know what the hell you’re doing so seek help. Knock every door. Make this temporary. Figure who you are man. Stop complaining. You dont exactly need to be a super genuis to be successful, just driven and unstoppable. Take all the hits along the way and enjoy the ride. Pretend you are destined for success if you must and act like one and think like one, therefore do like one. Create! After you create yourself you will look back at the wonderful life you created&Along the way bad things will happen, but also good. The pattern is continuous and repetitive so you’re bound to succeed at some point while trying.

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  • Gordon Phillips Jr.

    I think this video has a pretty cool take on it all. Check it out!!
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