Success is something different for each of us. Some view it strictly in terms of wealth and riches, but yet other people may claim other factors led someone to amass their wealth in the first place.
Other people might see personal freedom as the pinnacle of success. Another person might consider a comfortable retirement as being a success. Even though most of us get the gist of success, we don’t necessarily share the same details of what it actually looks like.
Repeating Factors of Success
However, if we stop for a moment and observe the most successful people in the world as a whole, we make a remarkable discovery. Many of them share the same traits. While maybe they traveled different paths, we still see certain similarities.
And to take this line of thinking a step further, it is their traits that drive their behavior – and of course, their actions led them to what they are today. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Identifying Six Common Success Traits
Some psychologists have spent their entire lives seeking a common connection among successful people. As a result, we’ve seen an assortment of tests and theories that have come and gone, but many of those pertain to job candidates because of who funds the studies.
However, researchers recently discovered six common traits that appear to be linked to success repeatedly. Before reviewing them, it is essential to understand that these characteristics must exist at optimal levels – in other words, too much of them can also restrict success, so tread carefully.
They are Competitive
People who succeed often embrace competition because it motivates them. The caveat is that their competitiveness must be viewed in a healthy way.
Often, intense competitive desires can lead to jealousy and resentment. So we must understand that no one wins every single time.
If we are competitive, that’s fine, as long as we are willing to celebrate the victories of others. In the meantime, we can improve for the next competition by focusing on our own improvements – rather than obsess about being the best at something.
Accept Daily Chaos
As we live our daily lives, chaos tends to drift in and out of our circle periodically. And then we find ourselves in situations that are not always easy to define. Successful people have learned to accept this daily chaos because it’s part of our humanity.
There are many people with great potential for success that are too inflexible to roll with the punches. Because of their rigidness, they freeze and don’t seize the moment – a moment in which they could shine.
Successful people are willing to have their opinions challenged and adopt the idea of others. They don’t fear trying a new method and are willing to change. Many members of upper management value this trait above all because these people are the most reliable.
They are Conscientiousness
Conscientious people are willing to take responsibility for their actions and choices. This is why they carefully consider the consequences in advance. They have a deeper view of the big picture and how things will affect others.
When these people endorse or put their name on something, it’s a high mark – and everyone knows it.
They have Courage
Successful people are the ones in a high-powered meeting who is not afraid to speak out when something isn’t right. They fully believe in speaking truth to power because otherwise, the quality of a project could suffer.
Their sense of courage makes them the ultimate team player. They’re not afraid to stand up for a colleague when no one else will.
Positive thinking gurus have said for many generations that to be successful; one must be willing to face their fears. It takes courage to do this.
They are Curious
Successful people often have a natural sense of curiosity. They tend to run lots of “what if” scenarios through their mind. As a result, they often become great visionaries.
Perhaps the best part of working around someone with a strong sense of curiosity is that it rubs off on everyone around them. Their team members tend to become curious as well, and it becomes a delightful work environment.
One of the best ways to become more curious is to start learning new things. Fresh perspectives will always lead to further questions – which in turn, make us more curious.
Hopefully, you found these six success traits inspiring. While it is not required for you to become a master of all of these traits to be successful, it is suggested that you bolster each of them in your own life.
In reality, successful people usually master just a few of these traits, which can be life-changing. Knowing yourself is a significant advantage. As with most things, you can’t go wrong with a keen level of self-awareness. From there, you can make a real difference in the world around you.