The top 16 characteristics that you need to be successful


What do successful people have in common?


successful people


There are many characteristics that you will need in order to be a success, in any thing that you do. I do believe that these are the 16 most important traits that are needed. I’d like to say that there is a particular order of importance to these 16 characteristics, but I think that they all hold importance. Can you have success without having all of these characteristics? I would say probably yes. If you happen to be missing any of these you can either learn how to be those things or you can find other people who can supplement what you are missing. Obviously, if you have all 16 of them, you stand a much better chance at finding success. Do they guarantee your success? No.


Self confident


Believing in yourself is critical to your success. Just having the audacity to think that you can be successful is half the battle. You know that your abilities will get you to where you want to go.




Successful people to be very competitive. They don’t just compete with other people they also compete with themselves. They are always trying to better themselves and their situation. They push themselves to be the best version of themselves.


Take action


Taking action is probably the single most important thing that any, would be successful person should take. Even if you have every other characteristic, you are doomed if you fail to act!


Need to Achieve


successful people need to achieve


Successful people usually have exaggerated need to achieve goals. They are super goal oriented and they will persevere though anything to get to where they want to go.


Self reliant


They are self reliant in that they do not wait to be shown what to do. They are not waiting for permission to be successful. They will forge their own path.




A successful person is willing to do the work that needs to be done in order to be successful. They realize that overnight success could years of hard work! They will not quit.




Successful people believe in what they are doing and they love it. To them, they never really work a day in their live. That’s how much fun they are having doing what they are doing.


Good communicators


successful people are good communicators


You’ll find that most successful people are very good communicators. They are able to get to the point and get that point across to everyone.




They are not scattered. They focus their attention on one thing at a time. They know that there is no such thing as multi-tasking. They will do one thing to the best of their ability and then move on to the next thing to be done. You may have noticed that successful people are really, really good at one thing. They are not Jacks of all trades.


Get outside of their comfort zone


Successful people live outside of their comfort zones. In order to successful you must grow beyond who you are today. To grow, you must spend most of your time doing things that you probably wish that you didn’t have to do.




Successful people find new ways of doing things. They aren’t afraid to do things their own way. They are true leaders and never want to follow the crowd.


Embrace self improvement


A successful person knows that in order to stay ahead of the competition, that they will need to constantly improve themselves. I read that Donald Trump’s first question when he meets someone new is, “What 3 books are you reading right now?”


Go the extra mile


A successful person is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. They are ready, willing and able to go to the ends of the earth to satisfy their clients.


Risk takers


successful people take calculated risks


Calculated risks are no stranger to the successful person. They take risks, but only when they know that the odds are in their favor. They are never gamblers, in business.




They are quick to make decisions and slow to change their minds. They are able to gather the need information to be able to make a decision. They are able to assess the situations and quickly determine the proper course of action. They seldom make bad decisions, but if they do, they reassess and they usually makes the right decision the second time around.


Work hard


It is very rare when success comes quickly and easily. The successful person usually doesn’t work a 9-5 day. They regularly work from 5AM to 9PM. The successful person knows that can take hard work and long hours.


That’s my list of 16 essential characteristics that successful people have. How many of these do you have?


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