8 Traits Successful People Have in Common
Posted on July 5th, 2012
Book notes from The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common by Richard St John
The key characteristics of successful people, based upon 10 years of research and 500 personal interviews.
Passion - Successful people find what they love to do, though this may take a long time for many.
Work - Successful work very hard; however, because they love the work, it’s fun.
Focus - Successful people focus long-term efforts on just one thing.
Push - Successful people overcome barriers like shyness and self-doubt and push themselves beyond normal expectations.
Ideas - Developing ideas to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities is a hallmark of the successful person.
Improve - Successful people aim to do their best by constant practice and learning from mistakes.
Serve - Offer others something of value, think about others, work on their behalf.
Persist - Success does not come instantly but comes over time and by working through failure, mistakes, criticism, rejection, and adversity.
Where Do You Stand on the 8 Success Traits?
On the scale of 1 to 10, think about where you are now and circle the number where are now and where you’d like to be.
Don’t know what I Love 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Have found my passion
I slack off a lot 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I work very hard
I dabble in a lot of areas 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I’m very focused on one area
I don’t myself 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I push myself a lot
I don’t come up with ideas 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I come up with many ideas
I’m fine the way I am 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I keep Improving
I mainly serve myself 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I serve to others
I often give up 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I keep persisting
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