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The 5 Traits Of Highly Successful People

Submitted by on September 18, 2012 – 4:25 pmNo Comment | 3,514 views

success and failureThe gap between rich and poor is continuously widening. The middle class is slowly starting to disappear, and there is even more pressure to be as successful as possible in life. Although ‘luck’ is often indicated as a main criteria in reaching success, this is only partially true. Truly successful people lead a lifestyle, which is bound to create success, and they display certain traits, over and over again.

Some of these traits can be easily adopted in day-to-day life. Although the list is not exhaustive, it is a first step into potentially developing to be a more successful person, and to go one step further towards reaching your goals. This article does focus on success with a career / financial touch, but it can in the end be adopted to other areas in life as well.

Be passionate

The first driver for success is passion. Because, how can you be successful at something you don’t like, or what you are not passionate about? Many people spend half their lives doing something they do not enjoy, and then wonder why they are not getting ahead in life.

In order to do something you are passionate about, it might mean to switch your job, or your industry. Perhaps you don’t know what you are passionate about, then it’s up to you to identify that passion, and to follow your heart.

Setting goals

Goal setting is perhaps one of the most important traits in order to be successful. Because how can you be successful if you do not know what you want to achieve, when, and how? Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is a great way to identify how you can reach your goal, and what you need to do in order to get there. Only then can you draw a road map towards achieving your goal, and you know exactly what you have to do.

Spending time efficiently

Being successful means spending your time effectively and efficiently. One thing we have against us is time, so our aim is not only to be successful, but also to be successful within our lifespan.

Question: can you imagine Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Carlos Slim or Donald Trump spend even half a day watching a sitcom and eating chips? These highly successful people are so passionate about what they do, and they are so well aware of their goals, that they will likely spend their time in a way, that it will either help them reach their personal goals, or that it will enhance the quality of their life and that of their families.

Being socially active

Successful people typically have extremely large networks. They will go for business lunch, social gatherings, and attend networking events. The question is not what someone else can do for you; in fact, this is not the correct mindset and thinking like this will likely scare people off. However, it means being genuinely interested about other people, what they like doing, what their passion is, and what makes them tick. Over time, successful people manage to build extensive networks, which share mutual interests, help each other out, or share information.

Taking a risk, and going for it

Successful people are prone to taking calculated risks, and going for what they believe could be successful. Many people do not take this risk, as they are afraid of negative outcomes, or they fear failure. However, the fear of failure is also the biggest enemy when it comes to being successful. Being successful means being able to grow in life, and trying out new things, where the outcome is still uncertain.


Some say ‘success is a choice’. Although sometimes, simply being at the right place at the right time can contribute to one’s success, there are some small things we can do in our everyday lives in order to increase the chance of success.

What is your recipe for success? Share it with us and leave a comment.

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