"To thine own self be true"!

Successful traits leads to success. If a person is focused and has a passion for anything, he or she will be successful. The key is to develop the right habits.

While doing the research for this page, I came across at least 50 qualities or traits  that people have or develop. I will include all of these into just 4 successful traits.

These qualities can be learned, such as developing a winning attitude or setting realistic goals. Training or taking courses or just maturing can result in achieving your dreams. Applying yourself and becoming a strategic planner can also be learned.

For example, to excel in sports one must train and practice. Those who do, have a much better chance of being successful. This is also true for students or in any profession.

Of course, there are individual differences. But, in general, the more you practice, the more you train, the more success you will have.

Successful Trait #1  -  "Know Thyself"

Am I capable of accomplishing the goal? Do I have a burning passion that will drive me to completion? If I choose a profession, will I enjoy it? How do I handle failures? Am I incredibly curious and eager to learn?

First, select a goal that is achievable. You may not have the talent to be a professional golfer. Or you may not be tall enough to excel as a professional basketball player.

But, if you are organized, good with numbers and don't mind working indoors, you could be an accountant. To be successful at anything you must enjoy it. Another way of saying this is, you get out of it what you put into it. If you don't enjoy something, it is unlikely that you will do it well.

If we look forward to anything, we are likely to be enthusiastic, optimistic and highly motivated. Enthusiasm leads a positive attitude accompanied by energy and physical stamina. Those who are enthused wake up excited about the day as it will lead them closer to their dreams. That leads to goal setting and perseverance.

Polonius, a Shakespeare character, said: "To thine own self be true". Successful people know who they are and who they are not.

So, know what you enjoy. Know your capabilities. Be realistic. Analyze everything about you. Learn what you don't know about yourself. This has to be the number one priority when developing successful traits.

Successful Trait #2  -  Work Hard!

This should be obvious, but often, it is not. A young relative of mine once told me that he would like to own a cabinetmaking company like his boss owned. I asked, "Why". His answer astounded me. He said that his boss leaves at about 2 o'clock each day. When I asked him how old his boss was, he said about 65 years old.

What he didn't realize is that for about 40 years his boss worked 12 hour-plus days to build the business. Now, with the successful business established, he was able to shorten his work day and reap the benefits of his hard work.

Yes, to be successful requires hard work and embracing challenges. It entails loving the journey more than the financial reward. It means pushing yourself. One has to get out of that comfort zone that so many people allow themselves to be in.

It is necessary to invest in yourself by becoming a life-long learner. Keep improving yourself. Seek advice from someone who has reached a goal similar to yours. Be a dreamer.

Take your successes seriously, as only you can. Become an expert in whatever you do. Expertise and excellence are always held in high esteem.

Successful people make their own luck. They know that luck does not happen by chance. They position themselves with hard work. They make things happen. They know how to develop successful traits.

And they are accountable for their actions - even failures. In fact, they are willing to fail. Most people fear failure. Being successful means knowing there will be failures. Successful people embrace failure because each failure is a learning experience and eventually lead to success, as long as they are not repeated.

Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Inc.)"Nothing succeeds like failure".

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