Twelve Characteristics For Success - What makes a person successful?
Success has many definitions and means different things to different people. Just Google “success” to see what I mean. The truth is, no matter how we define or perceive success, we all want to be successful in our own way, and to be seen as successful to others. This post is not intended to judge others for their own definitions: it is not my place, or anyone’s for that matter, to say what success is. I have known individuals for whom success is getting that big house, driving a marquis car, becoming CEO of a company or running their own successful business. I have also known individuals for whom success is having a comfortable lifestyle, being able to travel, seeing their children doing well in life. They just “feel good” about where things are in their life.
I believe we also have to be careful how we define motivation as it relates to success. Just because someone is satisfied with where they are—with their success at any given time—doesn’t necessarily mean that they lack motivation. Their personal motivation got them to that point their personal motivation will have just shifted to help them maintain where they are now.
The question is: what does success mean to you? Can you define it? Do you know what it will feel like when you achieve it? What are some of the skills or abilities you need to become successful? In their book The Great American Success Story (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1986), George Gallup Jr. and Alec Gallup list the characteristics of success from a survey they completed on 150 Americans who had reached the top of their fields. No matter how you personally define success, I believe these 12 characteristics will be significant in helping you reach it.
Common sense. I love that this is the first characteristic. For me it pushes all the psychobabble and business babble aside. Having common sense, being able to make sound judgements on everyday e