Secrets to Success: Master These to Get Ahead

What skills and traits are necessary to get ahead? Several years ago Investor’s Business Daily identified these 10 characteristics of people who have the knack for turning dreams into reality:

  • A positive attitude. Where your mind goes, you go. If you think you’ll fail, chances are good that you will. If you believe you’ll succeed—you’re halfway home.
  • A definitive goal. “I want to be a success” is a wish, not a goal. “I want to become a junior partner within two years”—that’s a goal. Write down exactly what you want to achieve—and an action plan for achieving it.
  • A courageous spirit. Devising an action plan isn’t any good if you never ramp up the courage to act.
  • An inquisitive mind. Pursue learning in all its forms—reading books, returning to school, attending seminars and training classes, listening to those who are wiser and more experienced.
  • A strong heart. Few people are overnight successes. You have to be persistent enough to go the distance—no matter how long it takes.
  • An analytical mind. Do your homework; get the facts. Learn to analyze details. Often the best ideas stem from little seeds everyone else overlooked.
  • A focused eye. You can’t avoid setbacks no matter how well you plan, but don’t let today’s troubles keep you from tomorrow’s promise.
  • A fearless approach. Dare to be different. Those who are content to follow the crowd never get the chance to stand out.
  • A disciplined tongue. Learn the art of communicating effectively with others.
  • A good conscience. Don’t forget those rules you learned in kindergarten: Play nice. Be dependable. Tell the truth. If you can’t get to the top by being true to yourself and straight with everyone around you, your success will be hollow – and probably short-lived.

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