Characteristics of Successful People!

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Hey seems that lately in the news gloom & doom continue to be the featured items on the menu.  Yeah, its real easy to get caught up in the daily soap opera of event revolving around BP,escalating unemployment, health care, various political escapades, and the economy.  Hmmmmm....Crime seems to be on the decline, well at least lately according to statistics.  Maybe because it's just been so darn hot everywhere its a health risk now to wear the offical black attire of criminals.  Ask the recently celebrated criminal known as the barefoot bandit!  

All joking aside folks, it's becoming increasing difficult for folks to find more positive reinforcement of principles and values that we all have instilled in us.  You know those things that have taken ordinary folks and enabled then to do extraordinary things.  You remember the old saying of the philosopher Plato, "Necessity is the mother of invention."  If that is truly the case, could Poverty bethe mother of necessity?  Then could it be further assumed that invention may have been planted in necessity's belly by inspiration.  Food for thought! 

Yeah I know, so many questions, so few answers.  But what I do know is that there is a winner or at least winning traits in each of us!  Unfortunately most of us never really utilize or perform to our full potential.  But if you examine successful people you will find that each possess similar traits.  In fact, I recently re-read an article from 2002 by Jeffery J. Mayer on the traits of successful people. 

I thought that I would hopefully help inspire you today by sharing those 13 characteristics of successful people!  Mayer spent years researching and studying successful folks.  The reason for posting these is for us to re-examine ourselves and realize that we possess many of these characteristics yourself.  Sure...some of these talents and skills are more dominant than other but the ones we find the easiest to excel at are considered our "strengths."   

When you find you need a skill or talent you don't have, just go out and look for a person or group of people with the skills, talents, and training you need.  These are the skills and talents that would complement your own. These people will become your teammates, colleagues, co-workers, professional advisors, and friends. With these combined skills and talents you, and even the organization or company you work for will exponentially grow, prosper, and become successful. 


These are the five things you'll find every successful person has in common:

1. They have a dream.

2. They have a plan.

3. They have specific knowledge or training.

4. They're willing to work hard.

5. They don't take no for an answer.

Remember: Success begins with a state of mind. You must believe you'll be successful in order to become a success.

The following is a list of the skills, talents, and characteristics you'll find in successful people:

1. Successful People Have a Dream.

They have a well-defined purpose. They have a definite goal. They know what they want. They aren't easily influenced by the thoughts and opinions of others. They have willpower. They have ideas. Their strong desire brings strong results. They go out and do things that others say can't be done.


It only takes one sound idea to achieve success.


People who excel in life are those who produce results, not excuses. Anybody can come up with excuses and explanations for why he hasn't made it. Those who want to succeed badly enough don't make excuses.

2. Successful People Have Ambition.

They want to accomplish something. They have enthusiasm, 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.


With hard work come results. The joy in life comes with working for and achieving something.

3. Successful People Are Strongly Motivated Toward Achievement.

They take great satisfaction in accomplishing a task.

4. Successful People Are Focused.

They concentrate on their main goals and objectives. They don't get sidetracked. They don't procrastinate. They work on the projects that are important, and don't allow those projects to sit until the last minute. They're productive, not just busy.

5. Successful People Learn How to Get Things Done.

They use their skills, talents, energies, and knowledge to the fullest extent possible. They do the things that need to be done, not just the things they like to do. They are willing to work hard and to commit themselves to getting the job done.


Happiness is found in doing and accomplishing, not in owning and possessing.

6. Successful People Take Responsibility for Their Actions.

They don't make excuses. They don't blame others. They don't whine and complain.

7. Successful People Look for Solutions to Problems.

They're opportunity minded. When they see opportunities they take advantage of them.

8. Successful People Make Decisions.

They think about the issues and relevant facts, give them adequate deliberation and consideration, and make a decision. Decisions aren't put off or delayed, they're made now!

Success Tip:

Spend more time thinking and planning before you make your decision, and you'll make better decisions.

Success Tip:

When you don't get the expected results from the decision you've made, change your course of action. Decisions should never be carved in stone.

9. Successful People Have the Courage to Admit They've Made a Mistake.

When you make a mistake, admit it, fix it, and move on. Don't waste a lot of time, energy, money, and/or other resources trying to defend a mistake or a bad decision.


When people are wrong, they may admit it to themselves. If they are handled gently and tactfully, they may admit it to others and even take pride in their frankness and broad-mindedness. But people become very defensive and angry when others try to cram their mistakes down their throats.

10. Successful People Are Self-Reliant.

They have the skills, talents, and training that are needed in order to be successful.

11. Successful People Have Specific Knowledge, Training, and/or Skills and Talents.

They know the things they need to know to be successful. And when they need information,

knowledge, or skills and talents that they don't possess, they find someone who does possess them.

12. Successful People Work with and Cooperate with Other People.

They have positive, outgoing personalities. They surround themselves with people who offer them help, support, and encouragement. They are leaders.

13. Successful People Are Enthusiastic.

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.

Get re-focused, re-energized and go after the life and things that you want to achieve with a renewed vigor.  See you at the top...Success will be there waiting on you! 


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Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Wonderful post, Craig.  Using our strengths, instead of giving in to our weaknesses, will bring great success.

Jul 27, 2010 02:08 AM #1
Ryan Smith
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - Pickering, ON

I have been working on the first two the last few weeks. Its been really helping.

Jul 27, 2010 02:08 AM #2
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Thanks for posting this Greg. My life seems to be a work in progress, and these are good guidelines to study.

Jul 27, 2010 02:09 AM #3
Greg Saunders
SK Realty - Atlanta, GA

Kathryn...sound like you are on the right track.  Thanks for stopping by. least you understand that you have to have a plan.  Most folks don't plan to fail they just fail to plan. 

Malcolm....I agree with you.  I too am a constant work in progress! 

Jul 27, 2010 02:17 AM #4
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