6 Unusual Traits Successful People Can Have in Common

What is the difference between people who have achieved great success, and those of us who have not? Off the top of your head you might think intelligence, education, the benefits of possibly coming from a rich family, and hard work. What you may not know is that many successful people do have the same traits, but many of them are actually quite weird.

  1. They Don’t Always Finish School

Many successful people including entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson and boxing legend turned spokesperson George Foreman both left school to pursue their careers. In many cases, successful people are quite brilliant at what they do, but they don’t always function well when they are asked to sit in a classroom. Others, are so determined to pursue their dreams as early as possible that they view school as a hindrance. It is important to note that most successful people do place a lot of value on learning, even if it is not in a formal setting.

  1. They Struggle With Substance Abuse

It’s a sad truth that many successful athletes, entertainers, and businesspeople struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. There are believed to be a few reasons for this. Some use alcohol and drugs to cope with the stress that comes with great success. Others may have a natural inclination to seek a lot of stimulation and excitement. Some get a natural high by participating in adventure travel or sports. Sadly, others turn to substance abuse.

  1. They Are Musical or Athletic

Successful people are passionate, dedicated, and hardworking. These are exactly the traits that are needed to become a successful athlete or an accomplished musician. Many successful entertainers were impressive athletes (some still are), and many have been known to dabble in music. Condoleezza Rice, for example is a classically trained pianist while actor Kevin Bacon has played in a blues rock band for decades. Actor Terry Crews played for several seasons in the NFL as did Mark Harmon.

  1. They Give up Quickly

Successful people might not be quitters when it comes to pursuing their dreams, but they are quick to give up on an approach that they know isn’t working. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again, successful people learn a valuable lesson, figure out what did work for them, and then they move on with a new plan. In addition to this, many successful people also give up when they realize that something is not in their area of talent. The ability to delegate and get help – a common attribute of successful people is something that even the newest job seeker can emulate.

  1. They Think About The Big Picture

Before a successful person makes any decision, they step back and take a look at the big picture. In some cases this means passing up on an opportunity with immediate benefits in order to gain bigger and better things in the long run. Former President Johnson made the decision to pass up on a chance to get involved with the oil industry. He believed that it would be a hindrance on his political career.

  1. They Wear The Same Thing Everyday

Go to Google and do an image search on Mark Zuckerberg. What you will notice is that he wears the same thing all of the time. The same can be said of the late Steve Jobs. Many other well-known successful people also follow suit. What’s the deal? Think of it as priority of thought. The idea is that the fewer choices you have to make, the more likely you are to make good choices when it comes to the important things. Because of this, many successful people take the choice out of their wardrobe and simply wear the same or similar things each day.


Elaina Meiser is a graduate student and an enthusiastic blogger at ResumesCentre. Elaina loves creative arts, different tips & tricks guides, excursion and backpacking trips. You can follow her on Twitter @ElainaMeiser.


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