7 Character Traits that Spell Success

Posted on 12. Apr, 2011 by in General

Hey everyone.

Over the past weekend, I got thinking about the winning character traits needed for success.  I have been a huge fan of The Secret Millionaire series – it has moved me and motivated me to do and be more. But at the same time it got me thinking about not only the “millionaires” but the altruistic volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping others. I found myself asking what character traits they have that I can mirror and model to be a better person in every area of my life.

So here’s the list I have put together. It’s certainly not a comprehensive one but I think it covers the main principles.  I would love to hear your thoughts, feedback and any additions to the list.  Feel free to contact us anytime.

  1. Winners are not afraid of failure: They are driven by ambition and have the courage to feel the fear and move forward toward their goal and true purpose.
  2. Winners are driven by action: They follow Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!”  We all know people who want greater things in life, many have plenty of desire and ambition but they are just not willing to DO it!  ” Are you following that advice or just talking about it?
  3. They have self-awareness and self -discipline:  Winners know themselves inside out. They know when the inner part of them is resisting change and have the self-discipline to overcome the obstacles.  Self-discipline is not a personality trait, it’s a skill that can be learned and developed.
  4. Winners adapt an “I Can” mentality: They realize that the way they think and talk to themselves affects all aspects of their day to day living and life experience.  It’s not an easy skill to learn but we can all benefit from tuning in to our inner dialogue/chatterbox and feed it positive thoughts and love. 
  5. When the going gets tough, winners persist:  Quitters never win, winners never quit. Giving up is easy, people do it all the time. I do it. You’ve all done it at some stage of your life. Persistence is the act of building continuity. It’s the deliberate action of doing something, doing it again, doing it again, until you get it right, and maybe doing it over and over after that, too.
  6. Winners realize that if you are not making mistakes, you are not learning: Nobody is perfect, really…. We all mistakes and often winners make bigger mistakes because they are often less risk averse. Failure and mistakes will teach you what works and what doesn’t.
  7. Accept responsibility: We are all responsible what happens in our lives. It’s tough not to blame external factors from time to time but the truth is that you and only you can make the change by taking responsibility for your own life and work towards your own success.

What’s your take on these points? Why do you think others succeed where perhaps you haven’t (yet) (or at least to the degree you wish you had?)

Have a great week


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