6 Personality Traits Of The Most Successful People

6 Personality Traits Of The Most Successful People

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All of us spend our lives hustling after things we want. We all know achieving greatness requires relentless hard work. Even then, few actually get the things they desire. All of us want to succeed, few of us are able to tread upon the path success requires and even fewer eventually succeed.  

So what is missing? What special ingredients of success guarantee glory? To find those ingredients we study the lives of the most successful people in the history who left a mark on human civilization. Turns out, success demands not just productive habits but a specific mindset.

These are six personality traits that made the most successful people who they were:

1. They start with Why 

The Why defines your purpose, the cause you stand for, the reason you exist. The starting point of anything successful people do starts with a simple “Why?” They question themselves about the nature and intention of what they want to do before they actually strive to do it.

 “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 2. They believe 

Nobody ever achieved anything without believing in it. Belief gives us the necessary hope, strength and motivation to pursue the path we want. Any cause that is based on belief coupled with persistent effort is bound to succeed sooner or later.

Greatest inventions of this planet were based on pre-existing notions of possibilities. The ideas of inventors were deemed silly and unfeasible in contemporary times. However, belief is what that kept them going.

Wright brother believed that one day humans would be able to fly long before they actually started working on building a plane, Martin Luther King believed that one day blacks in America would live as freely as Whites and Steve Jobs believed that multiple machines can be combined into a single device to take human convenience to another level.

 “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”

 –  Joan of Arc

 3. They begin with the end in mind 

This trait also constitutes Stephen Covey’s second habit. It’s important that you are climbing the right ladder leaning against the right wall. This trait is all about being aware of what exactly are you trying to achieve. Is the path you’re walking on leads to where you want to be?  

For successful people, step number one is defining objectives. They are conscious of what outcomes they want in life and they amend their course of action accordingly.

 “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

 – Gandhi

 4. They hold themselves accountable 

Successful people understand that they are responsible for their actions and do not shift the blame on others. This mindset is imperative for anybody who wants to achieve anything worthwhile is his or her life.  

It is important to take a break after every milestone you reach to reflect and introspect. Being truly accountable to oneself prevents one from being accountable to others.  

 5. They have better reasons 

People work harder now more than ever, yet still achieving less because we lack clarity, vision and most important of all, morality of values. Very often we do things just for money, prestige, power etc. Successful people however, do things for very different reasons. They think of delivering value, making a difference in the world and creating convenience in the lives of people.

Tasks become easier when you have superior motives to complete them. Task as simple as waking up early at 7am becomes difficult if you have no or not good enough reasons to do so. On the other hand, I personally know people who lost nearly 70 pounds within three months for their wedding, because they were convinced that it was important for them to start the married phase of their lives with a sound body and health.

 6. They have faith 

Faith is the last pre-requisite of all great accomplishments. Successful people have absolute and unbridled faith that their efforts would one day bear fruits. Faith removes limitations, because there are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

 “Faith is the basis of all miracles and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science.”

 – Napoleon Hill

All of us spend our lives hustling after things we want. We all know achieving greatness requires relentless hard work. Even then, few actually get the things they desire. All of us want to succeed, few of us are able to tread upon the path success requires and even fewer eventually succeed.  

So what is missing? What special ingredients of success guarantee glory? To find those ingredients we study the lives of the most successful people in the history who left a mark on human civilization. Turns out, success demands not just productive habits but a specific mindset.

These are six personality traits that made the most successful people who they were:

1. They start with Why 

The Why defines your purpose, the cause you stand for, the reason you exist. The starting point of anything successful people do starts with a simple “Why?” They question themselves about the nature and intention of what they want to do before they actually strive to do it.

 “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 2. They believe 

Nobody ever achieved anything without believing in it. Belief gives us the necessary hope, strength and motivation to pursue the path we want. Any cause that is based on belief coupled with persistent effort is bound to succeed sooner or later.

Greatest inventions of this planet were based on pre-existing notions of possibilities. The ideas of inventors were deemed silly and unfeasible in contemporary times. However, belief is what that kept them going.

Wright brother believed that one day humans would be able to fly long before they actually started working on building a plane, Martin Luther King believed that one day blacks in America would live as freely as Whites and Steve Jobs believed that multiple machines can be combined into a single device to take human convenience to another level.

 “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”

 –  Joan of Arc

 3. They begin with the end in mind 

This trait also constitutes Stephen Covey’s second habit. It’s important that you are climbing the right ladder leaning against the right wall. This trait is all about being aware of what exactly are you trying to achieve. Is the path you’re walking on leads to where you want to be?  

For successful people, step number one is defining objectives. They are conscious of what outcomes they want in life and they amend their course of action accordingly.

 “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

 – Gandhi

 4. They hold themselves accountable 

Successful people understand that they are responsible for their actions and do not shift the blame on others. This mindset is imperative for anybody who wants to achieve anything worthwhile is his or her life.  

It is important to take a break after every milestone you reach to reflect and introspect. Being truly accountable to oneself prevents one from being accountable to others.  

 5. They have better reasons 

People work harder now more than ever, yet still achieving less because we lack clarity, vision and most important of all, morality of values. Very often we do things just for money, prestige, power etc. Successful people however, do things for very different reasons. They think of delivering value, making a difference in the world and creating convenience in the lives of people.

Tasks become easier when you have superior motives to complete them. Task as simple as waking up early at 7am becomes difficult if you have no or not good enough reasons to do so. On the other hand, I personally know people who lost nearly 70 pounds within three months for their wedding, because they were convinced that it was important for them to start the married phase of their lives with a sound body and health.

 6. They have faith 

Faith is the last pre-requisite of all great accomplishments. Successful people have absolute and unbridled faith that their efforts would one day bear fruits. Faith removes limitations, because there are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

 “Faith is the basis of all miracles and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science.”

 – Napoleon Hill

Written by Umer Akram

Written by Umer Akram

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