Vol. 10, Issue 10February 2019


Shared Traits of Successful People

People are successful for a variety of different reasons, including hard work, intelligence, creativity and focus. But, according to Forbes, successful people also have some important things in common:

They can admit fault. When they make a mistake, they admit it and move on. They don’t waste time trying to deny blame or cast it on other people.

They would rather be good than right. They understand that no one has all the answers all the time. They work with others to find the best solution to a problem, and they don’t insist that the solution always be the one they propose.

They remain humble. They don’t build themselves up at the expense of others. They understand the value of being connected to other people.

They communicate precisely. They are able to present well-thought-out ideas clearly and concisely. That means that they choose the right words, and also that they choose the right tone to get their ideas across in a way that is likely to build support for those ideas.

They understand that failure is part of the process. They don’t think of failure as the final step. Instead, they realize that failure can help them figure out a better way to find success. As a result, they are not afraid of failure – or of risk.

They don’t exaggerate or complicate things. They don’t think that making something seem more complex or difficult than it really is makes them look more important. Instead, they work to find the simplest, truest approach to a problem or idea.

They conserve their mental energy. They expend a great deal of energy doing what makes them successful, so they don’t waste it. They try to make the rest of their life as easy and automatic as possible.

They are understanding. When others question their ideas or judgment, they don’t get defensive or angry. Instead, they try to understand the other person’s point of view – and help the other person see theirs.

They are compassionate. They don’t think about benefiting from the suffering of others. Instead, they reach out and offer kindness and assistance where they can.

They understand mortality. They know that financial or business success is transitory. At the end of life, people are remembered much more for the things they did than for the money they made.

They think about motivation. They don’t take the actions or comments of others at face value. Instead, they want to understand why people do what they do.

They are collaborative. They are willing to work with others, even their competition, in ways that benefit both parties.

They see opportunities rather than obstacles. They recognize the enormous potential of life, and they are excited to pursue that potential even in the face of difficulties.

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