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Top 15 Traits Of Successful People

Definition of Successful People

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An Insight on Traits of Successful People

1. They have a definite aim in life.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -J. K Rowling (from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)

They want to accomplish something. They have , commitment, and pride. They have self-discipline. They’re willing to work hard and to go the extra mile. They have a burning desire to succeed. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Dhirubhai Ambani was one such persona who went the extra mile to establish his empire called Reliance Industries. He believed in largest, biggest, fastest etc.  Reliance textile at its introduction had production capacity greater than all of india’s need. Reliance refinery is still world’s largest refinery complex.

2. They are self-confident.

“As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

To be capable of setting ambitious goals, you need to believe you can follow the plans to achieve them. And when you believe in yourself, others tend to believe in you as well. In Gandhi’s words, a person can make progress and achieve success only with self-confidence. This applies to a person as well as to a nation, Gandhi said.

3. They show .

“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” -Ellen DeGeneres

The only way to rise up the corporate hierarchy or to develop your own business is to to look for other things to accomplish once you’ve fulfilled your regular duties. You need to outperform the already set standards and create new benchmarks for others to follow.

4. They are imaginative.

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

A lack of the driving force of initiative and the creative power of imagination is “the main reason why 95% of the adult people of the world have no definite aim in life, which, in turn, is also the reason why this same 95% constitute the followers in life”. What is lost in imagining about great things – it might only lead you to constructive creativity.

5. They are active.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

You may have earned multiple degrees from elite universities and have read history’s most important books, but none of it means anything if you don’t turn knowledge into action. This is what they call in Tamil, ஏட்டு சுரைக்காய் கறிக்குதவாது meaning Simple theoretical knowledge alone will not help in real life practical situations.

6. They are enthusiastic.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

They’re excited by what they’re doing, and that excitement is contagious. They draw people to them because these people want to work with them, do business with them, and be with them. Enthusiasm is probably one of the most attractive qualities a person can have. It’s a quality that makes you attractive in all kinds of relationship – personal or professional – and it’s a wonderful quality to find in other people.

7. They go beyond what’s required of them.

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” -Warren Buffett

The most successful people outperform their competition, and when they make it to the top, they compete with themselves. ‘I want more’ will be their mantra.

8. They know how to separate truth from bias.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Because their actions have ramifications for other people, leaders understand that they cannot take what they hear or read at face value, and learn how to pluck truth from others’ worldviews.


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9. They are focused.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” -Michael Jordan

Successful people are able to concentrate their energy and skills toward specific goals without becoming distracted by irrelevant issues.

10. They are persistent.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Those who are able to achieve success are not stopped by the inevitable nonstop challenges and setbacks that are in their path to attaining their goals.

11. They are resilient.

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” -Drew Houston

“When you begin to realize that failure is a necessary part of one’s education, you will no longer look upon it with fear, and lo! the first thing you know, there will be no more failures!” No person ever arose from the knockout blow of defeat without being a stronger and wiser human being in one respect or another.

12. They are .

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

In “Think and Grow Rich,” Hill writes that it’s not a coincidence that history is filled with tyrants and dictators being overthrown. The most successful leaders work in harmony with their team, not in dominion over them.

13. They work hard.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein

Hill says that this sounds simple enough, but it’s important to remember that even if you achieve your greatest goal, you need to continue pushing yourself or risk losing everything you worked for.

14. They are .

“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” -Michelle Obama

Hill’s favorite philosophical maxim is The Golden Rule, which states, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” He uses it as the final rung of the ladder to true success.

15. They know when to stay and when to leave.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel

Successful people know exactly when they should change employers, start a company or fold their company. They have good intuition and aren’t afraid to make hard choices, despite opposing forces.

Curated from 16 Traits Of The World’s Most Successful People | Business Insider India & 101 Inspirational Quotes From Super Successful People