THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESS
What makes a person successful? Why is it that some people seem to live lives
filled with triumph and achievement, while others fail at most of the things they
do or at least don’t succeed to any great degree? Have you ever asked yourself
those questions? I have. And the answers are very revealing.
Based on the latest census report, 9.2% of all U.S. workers earn less than
$11,000 a year, and only 5% make more than $145,000. When I read the
report, it started me thinking about the ingredients of success-what characteristics
the people who are successful have in common.
Idon’t believe that anyone is destined by fate for success. Ialso don’t believe
that success is reserved for those with a fortunate heritage or who grow up in an
enriching environment. In short, it’s not a private club for those who just happen
to be born wealthy, intelligent, or attractive.
Human history speaks to the fact that success is available to anyone who can
overcome his or her shortcomings. Given that people from all cultures and
walks of life have lived successful [yes, it raises the question, “What do they
have in common?”
Attitudes and Actions That Lead to Success
After thinking about it and trying to identify the differences between people
who succeed and those who fail, Icame to the conclusion that most of it has to
do with attitudes and actions. Successful people think and do things differently
than people who fail.