Attributes of Success

Who is the most successful person you can think of? It could be anyone — a family member, a neighbor, a celebrity, a politician, a business person. What attributes make them successful? Don’t immediately go to money. There are many rich people whose lives are in shambles. Don’t go to fame either. Although talent goes a long way, luck plays a huge role in the process of becoming a celebrity.

The most successful person that I know is my neighbor. He has grown children who genuinely want to be around him. He and his wife are very much in love. He is respected by our community. He is generous and kind. He has plenty of money but doesn’t use it in a way that makes those around him feel lesser.

Below is my list of attributes of what I think makes someone successful. Note that none of my measures are things that the U.S. educational system has on any syllabus. Perhaps educators need to re-think their curriculum if their goal is to create successful individuals.

  • Honest
  • Love of self
  • Love of others
  • Generosity
  • Creative
  • Leader
  • Do-er
  • Comfortably wealthy
  • Giving
  • Compassionate
  • Role model
  • Enthusiastic
  • Genuine
  • Purposeful
  • Driven

Please add to my list and discuss your own measure of success.

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