How To Be Extraordinary: Top 12 Traits of Successful People

Traits of Highly Successful People


5. Self-reliance

“Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.” – Patricia Sampson

You rely on yourself to get things done. You know your skills and abilities and hence you are able to think clearly for yourself and plan the best course of action. You are more than capable of taking responsibilities, taking difficult decisions, standing up for your actions and even holding yourself accountable. You don’t seek permission from anyone to do what you need to neither you give permission to others to affect your actions.


6. Determination

“You can’t go buy drive. They don’t sell it. It comes from here (your heart).” – Eric Thomas

You have an innate and strong sense of drive to work tirelessly and harder than everyone else, get things done and attain your goals. Getting projects completed and accomplishing tasks gives you satisfaction and pride. You never hesitate to take charge whenever necessary to make sure everything is done properly. Your determination drives you to achieve excellence and fulfill your purpose. The fire in your belly drives you to attain your goals no matter what.

7. Patience

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” – Saadi

Patience is one of the most fundamental key traits of successful people. You understand that being patient is crucial for getting positive results. Success never comes easily, even to the most deserving. You are willing to face frustrations and failures and you never take setbacks personally. Being patient is challenging and it’s not fun all the time. But your patience will reward you in the long run.


8. Courage

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

You need to be willing and brave enough to take calculated risks. As they say, “No risk. No reward.” Follow your instincts and tune into your intuition. You will know which risks are worth taking and which ones to avoid. This can help you propel your career and stand apart. Being brave, you know you need to analyze every aspect of the risk before committing to it. However, as life is unpredictable, you should also be prepared to face failure and have a plan B in place.


9. Willpower

“Everything is generated through your own will power.” – Ray Bradbury

Even in the face of obstacles, you find the strength to move ahead and reach your goals. You don’t get demotivated easily, neither do you procrastinate nor vacillate. Your willpower is one of your greatest assets that keeps you focused and makes you consistent in your efforts.

10. Passion

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

It is said that you can never fail at something you are passionate about. Passion drives you to walk that extra mile, to wake up an hour earlier, to work late. Passion is the key ingredient that keeps you on the right path even when everyone else tells you to change your direction.


11. Optimism

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Being an optimist, you focus on positive thinking, positive action and positive outcomes. You know that for every setback, a new opportunity arises. You know what’s worth fighting for and your optimism gives you the strength to try until you succeed. You focus on succeeding in your future and reaffirm your visions every day.


12. Communication

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” -Paul J. Meyer

Excellent communication skills give you an edge over others in any field. Whether it’s your interpersonal confidence or your listening skills, communication will enable you to pursue productive networking opportunities. By giving positive responses, you make it easier for people to remember you.

Are you ready to succeed?

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

How many of these traits do you already possess? I hope you are making action plans to cultivate the necessary qualities that you think you lack right now. Cultivate these traits one at a time by including them in your daily habits. By aligning your thoughts and actions with highly successful people, you will have higher chances to succeed in your own career and life.

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