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    8 June 2010

    SuccessJudging from the number of self-help and business books sold every year, millions of people want to know what it takes to be successful in business and in life.  Of course we do.  Especially if you define success as abundance in all areas – not just money – then being “successful” is what life’s all about.  The other thing you can guess from the millions of these books sold is that not everyone agrees about what it takes to be successful.  If they did, there would only be one book, right?  Well, not necessarily.  If you read all the books, you’ll mostly hear similar themes repeated in various ways.  This is good, because different people learn and absorb information in different ways.  Some will resonate more with books and programs that incorporate humor, while others prefer to take a more serious approach, for instance.  When it all comes down to it though, most of the books talk about at least one or several (or all) of the following personality traits as being necessary for success.   In fact you’ll find that few if any successful business people are lacking many of these traits.

    Successful people are…

    1. Optimistic. People who have achieved success in life tend to be optimistic.  They are far more likely to be heard talking about solutions than problems, whether in their business or personal lives, and they don’t dwell on past failures but focus on future opportunities.

    2. Passionate. Successful people look forward to doing whatever it is that they do.  While they’re excited about weekends with the family or vacations away, they aren’t the ones dreading Monday morning.  They have passion for work and for life, and if they find themselves doing something they dread, they won’t do it for long.  Instead they’ll find an alternative that drives them and inspires them.

    3. Persistent. Those who have found true success have done so through persistence and tenacity.  Successful people don’t have fewer obstacles than those who have not experienced success.  They just keep going even after the obstacles come up.  They deal with challenges and move on, learning as they go.  They feel sick at even the thought of giving up just before a successful breakthrough.  And because of their passion, persistence doesn’t feel like a chore – it’s fun!

    4. Flexible. Being able to change course when necessary contributes to success in big ways.  While successful people follow plans, they know that the unexpected will arise, and when it does they’re willing and able to adapt as needed and turn change into opportunity.  They don’t wish for the good old days – they relish progress and go with the flow. (Or they change the flow they don’t like!)

    5. Educated. This isn’t exactly a personality trait, and it doesn’t have anything to do with schooling.  The personality trait that relates to education is a thirst for learning.  Look at any success story, from Walmart founder Sam Walton, who didn’t even finish high school, to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, who has degrees from Stanford and Oxford, and you’ll find someone who is committed to lifelong learning and improving him or herself.  Successful people are educated in their areas of passion, even if they aren’t “book smart.”

    6. Focused. People who have experienced success in their business and personal lives have done so in part because they’ve been focused on success.  But more importantly, they’re focused on the long-term.  From managing personal finances to running companies, these people know that sacrificing now can pay off big in the future.  Successful people understand that while short-term victories are critical, they are only so important because they contribute to long-term success.  So they are not easily distracted by the lure of making a quick buck – or by the pretty secretary in the next office.

    7. Altruistic. Contrary to the stories of greed and gluttony you sometimes hear about in the corporate world, politics, and elsewhere, truly successful people tend to be unselfish and often philanthropic.  That doesn’t mean they’re pushovers, but they are concerned about people and about contributing to the greater good.  In fact many of the most successful people in the world, both financially and personally, have found their true passions in helping and giving, more than in selfish pursuits.

    Ask yourself how many of these seven personality traits you have.  If you’re seriously lacking in any of them, what can you do to change that?  And what other traits do you think a person needs to be a true success?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

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    38 Responses to How to be Successful at All You Do – 7 Crucial Personality Traits

    1. Laptop Briefcases June 8, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Yes all of these traits can help you achieve success. I don’t know if I necessarily agree with #7 though. I think a lot of people start donating money and helping other people after achieving some level of success. Of course those same people are getting a big tax break by donating that money. So there’s no way of knowing their true intentions. I think a lot of those people feel guilty about people they stepped all over on their path to success.

      • David July 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

        Basically everything you need to be successful is written on this website.

    2. Sidney Rees June 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

      Nice article! Sorry to disagree Laptop Briefcases but if you don’t tell the world what you do and your accomplishes are on doing that then the world might never get to know you as a professional on that field so… I agree with point #7.

      I am altruistic! … but I really need to learn to stay focused!!! (I should be working!!!!) :P

    3. Kelvin Forex Indicator June 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

      These 7 factors are really the key to a successful life be it business or personal. It works like a chain as everyone of them are equally important and cannot be missed.

    4. JohnAtBlogtrepreneur June 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

      Wow, Laptop. Bit of a pessimistic view. The point of the list is that it’s about personality traits of “successful” people. If someone is “guilty about people they stepped all over” they don’t exactly fit the definition of success presented. The successful business owners I hang out with are indeed concerned with others and truly altruistic.

    5. Andrew@BloggingGuide June 9, 2010 at 12:12 am #

      I agree with all these traits and especially on number 7. Being altruistic is not really mentioned all the time but I’m surprised that you included it as a point here. As they say, share your blessings and that the more you give, the more you will receive..

    6. Payday Loan Lenders June 9, 2010 at 6:08 am #

      Great Article, I would say that these things surely help but yea last point I am not very sure. There are too many hurdles for an altruistic person but a person who can show well that he is actually altruistic will always be in a advantageous position

    7. Komodo Dragon June 9, 2010 at 9:28 am #

      I definitely concur with most of these 7 personality traits, I find that being passionate about something is perhaps one of the greatest traits you can have. If your not passionate about something, it’s not going to take you far.

    8. season episode June 9, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Should I mention disciplined?

      • anuj September 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

        Creative,persistent, organized and so more

    9. JohnAtBlogtrepreneur June 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      @season Yes! I think that’s a great addition to the list. It goes along with being focused and persistent but it’s a category to itself for sure. Good call!

    10. Federo June 10, 2010 at 8:28 am #

      Great arctical.
      Everyone wants to be successul.But not everyone dares to take risks.
      However, as the old Chinese saying goes,”The first to eat the crab people should be encouraged”, the winner are all bold to make decisions.
      Bold people are more likely to be successful because they make decisions at the very first time after he understand the situations.

    11. Samantha Milner June 10, 2010 at 11:58 am #

      Hi guys,

      I have all 7 personality traits. But they all need improvements. I really need to work on #7, so this summer I will be doing community service at a youth center.

      Kind regards,

    12. Credit Girl June 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

      Wow! That’s a good list. I think it’s easier said than done though! Consider it a checklist for those who want to be successful.

    13. Paley Commercial Real estate June 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

      Passion and Optimist view very very important. i’ll fully agree with your each and every point, personality makes a great difference to get success.

    14. Growing Sales Revenue June 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

      All 7 factors are really the key to a successful life be it business or personal.
      Every article post that posted on your blog are really fully informative. It help me to increase my knowledge and help me to make a online internet marketer. Thanks for all.

    15. Laptop Briefcases June 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

      @John: I know what I said sounded pessimistic, but that is often the case with people who appear to be successful on the surface. When most people set out to start a business they’re usually not already making plans on how to give back. Instead they usually get to a point where they realize the money isn’t as important to them (once they have enough themselves). I’m not saying every successful person who gives back has ulterior motives. I’m just saying it’s not really a personality trait that is necessary for success. People do have their own ideas of what success is though.

    16. JohnAtBlogtrepreneur June 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      @Laptop I know what you’re saying, and I’ve seen it a lot too. Many people equate success with money and that’s the end of it. That’s why there are a lot of miserable millionaires out there. Those who achieve what I would call “true success” look at more than the money and are interested in helping others. Many would not feel successful without balance, and that balance often includes making a positive difference. (Of course there’s no doubt it’s easier to worry about helping others AFTER you’re doing well yourself!) :)

    17. Paley Commercial Real estate June 21, 2010 at 4:31 am #

      @ Laptop: I m also agree that personality trait that is not necessary for success but it will make difference and help to get success very soon.

    18. mariana June 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

      The first to eat the crab people should be encouraged ??

    19. Bronwyn January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      Our attitude defines us. Positive attitude most likely will succeed in everything that we do.

    20. ISAAC MATHEWS August 3, 2011 at 6:30 am #

      these steps seem 2 be working 4 many pipo i wil try them out.

    21. Obinna Oguji E. September 15, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      I want to be successful in life, but I do not know how to be. Please help me friends!

    22. Jackson Onyenwenu October 8, 2011 at 1:05 am #

      This is wonderful and if taken seriously, success is assured.

    23. holly October 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      WAW, love this article!

      I’ve got to say that I’m very lucky to pocess all of these trait and then some. Not only do I tick all the boxes on this list, I also pocess other traits that I think are important for success: ambition, determination, drive, hardworking nature ect.

      It hasn’t always been this way though. I’ve spent the majority of my life time with low selth esteam, no confidence what so ever and I let people put me down and take advantage, take the piss and everything else.

      I have however turned my life around. I’ve done continues reading up on multipule topics wich in turn has boosted my knowledge, selth awarenies aswell as many other things. I can now say I have everything I think it takes to be every bit if a success!

      I quit smokeing, lost my excess pregnancg weight, took on healthier eating habbits and quit gave up on my caffine habbit, all at the same time! really I don’t think many people could acheive so much in such short space of time.

      My acheivments don’t stop their. I’m always working out to make the best of my figure, doing maths and english at college to improve my academcik intelligence and in preperation of doing a full on make over for next year.

      New clothes, new hair style and full on new look, down to underware and pj’s! every week of this year to next I’m buying new things for a new look so next year I can have an all new look. THIS is one of my biggest challenges yet but when I successed it will be well worth the long wait like what is listed in the check list.

    24. Mr i need help November 11, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      Hey wasup a college student and i really lack motivation 2 succeed…i get good grades but im nt motivated and i have none of the traits above does dat mean i wont be successful?

    25. Travis liggins November 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

      This was very informative I like these seven things alot

    26. A November 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

      I think this is a great list and agree that these traits do help one become successful. I have all these traits, though I can work on being more optimistic and focused in terms of what I specifically want in the future.

      Other traits that I think should be on this list is having great follow-up and staying true to yourself. There’s no use in meeting someone and not following up with someone afterwards, or promising something and not going through with it. It also helps if you stay true to who you and be transparent. It’s more genuine and people will want to help help you become successful.

    27. ADIEL25 December 23, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you on for this list traits :)
      I am on the right the path to success, I am so exited to start new projects and help so many people on the way.. I’ve discovered my myself, found my passion, love every single day, Is a new opportunity to meet new people and make a difference in their life and mine as well, want to add something to this blog..
      Be Grateful for want you have and more will come :)

    28. Hair_Artist January 10, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      @Adiel Your right at being greatful.
      I believe in giving back to the community. I was a young mother once and if it weren’t for the people who “gave back” and helped me I don’t know what I would of done. I love going and giving women the gift of beauty through volunteer work. But this goes with #2 Being passionate with what yo do. I love what I do. Its not a job its a passion. I would do it for free if I could live on free but I cant and I want to provide more for my family.
      Very helpful blog.

    29. lonwabo hynes January 28, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      To be successful takes more than just putting effort on what you do,the decisions that you make should be on point. A loss in a business is sometimes healthy for future stable income. Reckless spending should be avoided but tex should be paid. Everyone can tell you how to do it but they never did it.

    30. The Optimistic Cynic February 15, 2012 at 12:55 am #

      I dislike the word “altruistic”. This implies that one would do good to others even to the point of detriment to oneself. Successful people take calculated risks. Few would be foolish enough to give away so much that it would send the benefactor to the poorhouse. If you donate fortunes of money, but still have enough to live like an emperor, it’s charity, but not altruism. If anything, an alpha male attitude seems to equate to success, and that tends to be a fairly self-centred view. Of course, the concept of striving for success is a very self-centred concept. Seeking success still means that you are in it for YOUR own personal definition of fulfillment.

    31. richard March 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Well my comment is how do one start? Here in Africa it very difficult after school you are on your own, any advice you can share would be helpful.

    32. Habeeb April 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      Great traits. However I feel this relates more to folks who are doing their own business and have some sort of financial freedom. In today’s hard times and the global recession, none of these traits work when your company decides to close down or lay off half it’s workforce. When I was not married and had independence, I practiced these traits well. Now, with a wife and 2 toddlers, and having been laid off due to the global job cuts, none of these things work for me. You see, I can’t deploy these traits 100% in job hunting coz the outcome is not in my hands, but if it was my own business then definitely yes.

    33. sepeda May 25, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      thank you very much for the information, I really need this information. may god bless you

      • Matthew T May 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

        @Sepeda Your more than welcome! Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see on our entrepreneurial blog.

    34. nasiiba May 28, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      I am really appreciated to see this advice thank you very much it will help me .

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