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Top 10 Traits of Highly Successful People

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01) They work hard! Yes, they play hard, too! They get up early, they rarely complain, they expect performance from others, but they expect extraordinary performance from themselves. Repeated, high-level success starts with a recognition that hard work pays off.

02) They are incredibly curious and eager to learn. They study, ask questions and read – constantly! An interesting point, however: While most of them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is not about memorizing facts, it’s about being able to take information and create, build, or apply it in new and important ways. Successful people want to learn everything about everything!

03) They network. They know lots of people, and they know lots of different kinds of people. They listen to friends, neighbors, co-workers and bartenders. They don’t have to be "the life of the party", in fact many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value relationships. Successful people have a rolodex full of people who value their friendship and return their calls.

04) They work on themselves and never quit! While the "over-night wonders" become arrogant and quickly disappear, really successful people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management skills, and every other detail of life. When a relationship or business deal goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect to do better next time. Successful people don’t tolerate flaws; they fix them!

05) They are extraordinarily creative. They go around asking, "Why not?" They see new combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities and challenges where others see problems or limitations. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, "I’ve got it!" They ask for advice, try things out, consult experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper solution. Successful people create stuff!

06) They are self-reliant and take responsibility. Incredibly successful people don’t worry about blame, and they don’t waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on. Sometimes they are criticized for taking this to extremes – Jimmy Carter carried his own briefcase and a President "shouldn’t" do that! Extremely successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success.

07) They are usually relaxed and keep their perspective. Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep their balance, they know the value of timing, humor, and patience. They rarely panic or make decisions on impulse. Unusually successful people breath easily, ask the right questions, and make sound decisions, even in a crisis.

08) Extremely successful people live in the present moment. They know that "Now" is the only time they can control. They have a "gift" for looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They never seem rushed, and they get a lot done! They take full advantage of each day. Successful people don’t waste time, they use it!

09) They "look over the horizon" to see the future. They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts, and hear the nuances that others miss. A basketball player wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid wearing them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them is an investment opportunity! Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!

10) Repeatedly successful people respond instantly! When an investment isn’t working out, they sell. When they see an opportunity, they make the call. If an important relationship is cooling down, they take time to renew it. When technology or a new competitor or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, they are the first and quickest to respond.

These traits work together in combination, giving repeatedly successful people a huge advantage. Because they are insatiable learners, they can respond wisely to change. Because their personal relationships are strong, they have good advisors, and a reserve of goodwill when things go bad. And finally, none of these traits are genetic! They can be learned! They are free and they are skills you can use. Start now!

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Post Thu May 12, 2011 12:33 pm by warren buff

sound advice ....... Ben Graham sir, remember me?...... your best student?......lol

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Post Thu May 12, 2011 1:22 pm by Thor

Thanks for this. Enjoyed reading!

Ben Graham

Post Thu May 12, 2011 7:28 pm by Ben Graham

@warren buff wrote:sound advice ....... Ben Graham sir, remember me?...... your best student?......lol

yes yes my child.. i rem u very well... i think u have to stop earning and let some others earn! Smile anywy i LOVE ur CHARITY work child. Smile

Nuwan

Post Fri May 13, 2011 7:30 am by Nuwan

why dont you try it yourself...........However thanks

hadkasun

Post Tue May 31, 2011 2:13 pm by hadkasun

They eat and get FAT fast.... Very Happy

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Post Tue May 31, 2011 2:17 pm by uditha9

@hadkasun wrote:They eat and get FAT fast.... Very Happy
they havea huge sexual appetite also

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Post Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:15 am by pushpakumara

Good post with useful tips.

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Post Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:50 am by swan03

Good one. Thanks!

Ben Graham

Post Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:55 pm by Ben Graham

thanks everyone...

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Post Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:57 pm by sajith15

Thanks! Very Happy

RichDad

Post Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:04 pm by RichDad

Good one!
Inspiring.. Happy that we posses some of these qualities and should sharpen the lacking ones...
Thanks for this!

Ben Graham

Post Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:34 pm by Ben Graham

thanks all for ur reps.... take the best out of it... jaya wewa

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Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:02 am by dragz

@swan03 wrote:Good one. Thanks!

+1 this is a really good one, better than most "How to be successful" crap,

Ben Graham

Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:42 am by Ben Graham

thanks dragz. absorb it.

mark

Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:56 pm by mark

thanks for sharing mate,but its hard to collect all abilities Sad
here is the link....

http://www.icbs.com/kb/inspiration/kb_top-10-traits-of-highly-successful-people.htm

Ben Graham

Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:35 pm by Ben Graham

yeah i found it there. its good to keep reading when ever we feel low! jaya wewa!

mark

Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:53 pm by mark

@Ben Graham wrote:yeah i found it there. its good to keep reading when ever we feel low! jaya wewa!

btw please try to include the link when you post another webs information,kk,jayen jayama wewa Very Happy

Ben Graham

Post Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:33 pm by Ben Graham

yeah sure i will mark. thanks... Very Happy

Kumar

Post Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:05 pm by Kumar

Another good one.
Thanks mate for sharing.

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