Is there a roadmap or a guarantee for how to be successful in any field? No, nothing in life is guaranteed, but the more important thing is, there are certain traits that can increase YOUR chances dramatically. And if you can hone or build on these traits from the internal aspect of things, then you are more than likely going to succeed at whatever it is you pursue. The best part is that if you narrow in on these characteristics and learn to master them then you can apply it to essentially anything and everything you do. From starting a business, reaching your ideal health and fitness goals, trekking into the unknown and doing something no one else has ever done before you. The key to this list of 10 most important traits from successful people is that it goes in priority sequence of most important, #1 being the greatest trait of course. However, not all of these traits are needed, but a good blend are essential and having the top 3 are critical for longevity and for getting a big vision to surface into reality.
At FeelingSucccess, we chose the traits of successful people from all walks of life because we believe they are the most credible sources and they serve as the wisest form of insight, being that they’ve been there, done it and now know exactly what it took to get there. Well, the wait is over, here are the 10 most common traits of universally successful and famous people ever.
10.) GROWTH – CONTINUOUSLY EXPAND YOUR HORIZON OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
People who feel absolutely complete and right up to the neck with fulfilment will bottom out eventually. In life, growth is essential, everything from the tree’s, animals and the entire solar system to the way us human’s evolve too. If your not growing, sadly, your fading. Our time is limited on earth and expanding from who we are to who we wish to become is the main idea and purpose to this life. Everyone begins at different places and from different positions, so it’s not a race between one another but it’s a continuous journey of developing new skills, mindsets and attitudes. Life is about growing spiritually, mentally, and physically. It’s also important to note that you should probably never reach an ultimate destination, but that’s okay, in fact that’s the entire point altogether.
Natalie Portman showed a ton of dedication to always improving herself – everything from becoming Valedictorian, going to top arts and theatre schools to graduating with an A.B. degree in psychology at Harvard (after being a famous actress).
Being an avid learner and someone who understands success is about expanding yourself, Dwayne Johnson has gone on to master many different crafts, but what he truly mastered was the art of growth. From CFL and college football, wrestling in the WWE as one of the most electrifying persona’s ever, to becoming a successful actor, Dwayne has done it all and continues to do more.
Tom Cruise became a successful actor, but did not get content, instead he got his pilot license to fly planes, began directing and producing and has continuously dipped into new territories. He embraces growth and puts his energy into new adventures.
9.) SACRIFICE – BE WILLING TO FORFEIT CERTAIN THINGS FOR YOUR DREAMS:
Many of the most successful people ever, made major sacrifices and devotions to their particular crafts. As humans, it’s our automatic nature to want it all, but we must comprehend how to sacrifice this moment for the next. Life is about balance and give and take, choose wisely what’s most important to your future. It’s a practice in many cultures, and for good reason, to get in the habitual pattern of devotion. It not only produces gratitude, but it allows critical time to be given to the things that matter most, so that we can get what we truly want, long term. Most go-getters and highly regarded individuals follow this practice, religiously.
Governor, actor, and body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger has done it all. He was able to reach so many achievements due to the tremendous sacrifices he made. From leaving his Austrian household to being looked at as some kind of beast machine in an era where body-building had many negative stigma’s. And in order to get to that incredible physique, he had to sacrifice literally everything, he couldn’t party and he had to dedicate his entire days to eating healthy and lifting, day in and day out.
Olympic legend, AKA the human dolphin, Michael Phelps is a sacrifice king, and that’s also why he’s the most successful Olympic athlete of all time. Everyday, he intakes a staggering 12,000 calories a day which is about 4,000 more than a power lifter and 10,000 more than the average man. He trains for an incredible 6 hours a day, 6 days a week and if a holiday falls on a training day, yup you guessed it, he doesn’t take a day off. Phelps is completely dedicated to his goals – he swims 8 miles, takes ice baths and gets 2 massages per training day too. Add some well needed rest and well, he sacrifices pretty well his entire days to his dreams.
Business mogul John D. Rockefeller who is estimated in today’s dollar at $600 billion in net-worth clearly understood the huge necessity of sacrifice when he said “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
Mother Teresa sacrificed her entire life to helping the poor in Calcutta, India. She was a saintly woman who had a vision and dream to help as many people as possible. She was so devotional that she was in a way, outside of herself. She was focused solely on others. She sacrificed her own time and energy and poured it into loving, helping and nurturing the less fortunate. She has inspired millions because of her massive sacrifice.
8.) WORK ETHIC – BRING A RELENTLESS EFFORT TO YOUR ARSENAL:
Turn up the gears so that you are working as efficiently and effectively in whatever you do. It’s not necessarily how much time you put forward, but more so, how much quality time you put into whatever it is you are doing. Undivided attention and absolute focus are what bring true lasting results, and most highly successful people understand and apply this. Everyone is given the same 24 hours, it’s how focused and hard working we are that really determines the outcome.
Today’s most successful person in terms of wealth, Bill Gates, had excruciating work ethic which resulted in one of the most successful companies of all time. He apparently stayed in the office for days at a time and slept very minimal. He outworked competitors and would often be absent from home in the start-up stages. He rarely took vacations and even travelled economy for work related travels. He was extremely driven and did whatever it would take to get the job done.
Pop legend Michael Jackson was a complete work horse. He was conditioned by his over bearing and often abusive father who instilled an insane level of grind on his kids. Although it created many other issues, it did, however build him an incomparable work ethic. His days were filled with performing concerts, recording in the studios, signing autographs, doing interviews and everything else in between.
Another powerhouse in more recent times is the ever popular Beyonce Knowles who is also known for not getting too content, but keeping a healthy level of hunger for more. Her sister has commented in the past saying “her work ethic is absolutely insane.” From fashion, singing, dancing, performing, and acting to her entrepreneurial and philanthropic side, it’s clear Beyonce can do it all. Let’s not forget, she’s also a mother and wife too.
7.) MINDSET – HAVE A LIMITLESS, FEARLESS AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE:
When it comes to our ever complex mind, one thing is forsure, if you tear apart past programming and grow a new much more powerful belief system and limitless mind frame, your world can turn upside down and around really quick.
Actress and entrepreneur, Sofia Vergara, was married and divorced at age 18 and had a child to take care of, she began studying dentistry to help pay for her and her son’s future. Her brother was even murdered in a kidnap and she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thanks to her optimistic spirit, she never got down on things but grew a more fearless approach to life. “I’m fearless, I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on.”
Babe Ruth’s mother was very ill and died of tuberculosis when he was just a teenager, and his father sent him to an orphanage school. Throughout his rough childhood he stayed upbeat and kept a positive attitude. He did not let his circumstances define his destiny.
TV personality and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey endured many hardships – from an abusive childhood to having an abortion and then overcoming naysayers who said she was not “fit” for T.V. But because of her limitless mind-frame she was able to keep an optimistic spirit which truly dictated her success. When things come in the way and struggles arise, that is when the true test of a positive attitude and a fearless mindset are most needed.
Jim Carey claimed that when trying to become a comedian and actor in the competitive Hollywood scene, he would sit atop the hills every night and visualize his success. He would convince his mind that he really was the star he wished to become. He even wrote fake cheques with his name which catapulted him to fame.
6.) COMMITMENT – BE COMPLETELY DEVOTED TO EXCELLENCE AND BE PATIENT:
Most people change opinions, perspectives, careers, ideas, businesses too quick for their own good, especially when things haven’t manifested, they quickly give up. But anything that’s worth striving for requires an incredible amount of commitment and patience. As the famous adage goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
Painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo took 4 years to paint the glorious Sistine chapel painting in which he had to paint upside down because it was on the top wall where he claimed his neck and back would often stiff up. His patience and more importantly his dedication led to a timeless masterpiece that is still hugely popular in today’s era.
Famous hip hop icon Jay-Z had been extremely committed to excellence from the get go. When other rap giants like 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. ruled the game, he was completely overshadowed. Rather than change his style, he stayed driven on creating the quality music he had continuously perfected.
“Most people who fail in their dream fail not from a lack of ability but from a lack of commitment.” – Zig Ziglar
5.) FAITH – THE ABILITY TO TRUST THE PROCESS AND BELIEVE IN THE INVISIBLE:
Faith is something you cannot see, it’s the thing that resides in all of us, but way deep under a bunch of layers. The mind and faith are a little bit on the opposite corner’s of one another. The mind will try and get in the way of faith, as it is programmed by society. Hence, the mind is much more logical and cannot rely on the unknown or on the invisible. Faith is knowing without seeing, and so in this day and age, it can be very difficult to have a strong faith when the outer world tries to tell your mind otherwise.
When NFL Quarterback Tom Brady got a contract to play professional baseball with the Montreal Expos of the MLB, Brady declined to play college football instead. He sacrificed something that was guaranteed (money) and took a leap of blind faith by playing as a backup quarterback.
President Abraham Lincoln was extremely faith abiding as he went through constant failures almost his entire life. From serving in the war as a captain and then retuning as a lower ranked private to starting numerous business which ultimately failed, Lincoln possessed unwavering faith even though he struggled most of his life. He was even defeated in many runs for public office, but his trusting ways served miraculously.
When Author J.K. Rowling was on her journey of trying to bring her imaginations to reality, she was often depressed, broke and divorced all while trying to raise her child at the same time. Thankfully she trusted the process and held tightly to her faith that it would all come to the surface. It took her 5 long years and many welfare cheques before her faith finally paid off. And it paid her off significantly in the long run.
“If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.” – Mahatma Gandhi
4.) PERSEVERANCE – WHEN THE GOING GET’S TOUGH AND ADVERSE EVENTS OCCUR, HOW WILL YOU REACT?
The realistic truth is that unfortunately bad things can and probably will happen. The good news, if you can learn to persevere through the bad, you will come out on the other side stronger than you could ever imagine. It’s called building a stronger inner lining. Like the famous baseball legend Babe Ruth notoriously stated “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Harland David Sanders, who founded the franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken, was rejected for his famous recipe an astonishing 1009 times before a restaurant finally accepted it. This is the extreme perseverance that leads to massive success.
Probably the biggest visionary of all time, Walt Disney faced huge obstacles and roadblocks on the journey to his big inner vision. From being fired by a newspaper editor for “lacking imagination and having no good ideas” to being bankrupt and starting a whole load of businesses that didn’t pan out, Disney found the grits to keep going. Eventually he would be rejected roughly 300 times from investors for his grand idea of Disney, but that wouldn’t stop him neither.
The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Winston Churchill struggled in school and even failed the 6th grade. During his later years, he endured many years of political failures. He would be defeated in every single election until he finally became the Prime Minister at the old age of 62.
3.) PURPOSE – HAVING AN UNDERLYING VISION OR CALLING THAT DRIVES YOU:
In other words, pursue things that give you a pulling reason to take massive action. Whatever the reason, the kicker is finding something that ‘pulls’ you almost naturally rather then needing to make yourself work harder. This is why we also put purpose before work ethic, because according to successful people, if you have an intention or purpose then you are that much more inclined to work harder, not the other way around. it is usually revolved around something bigger than ourselves, something outside of us, and often about other’s and how to serve other’s better.
A strong internal pull for change was what led activist Martin Luther King Jr. to successfully make major advancements on the the civil rights movement. His purpose from the inside out created massive lasting change.
Wanting to make computers ‘simple to use’ is what ultimately propelled Steve Jobs to create and expand Apple computers. To the point even children and elderly folks could use them. It was his grande vision that really got him excited enough to make it all happen.
For his new ideologies and non-conforming ways, famous philosopher Socrates was considered and called “an immoral corrupter of youth” and was shockingly sentenced to death. Thankfully, he had a deep engraved purpose and continued teaching up until he was forced to poison himself.
When Will Smith was asked why he wanted to be an actor, he responded with “because he wanted to be that guys who did what people say can’t be done.” More than his love for acting was his “why” and he claims it was about wanting to “be somebody” and be the example for others that anything is possible.
Michael Jordan wanted to prove himself to the world that he was the best player in the world. Getting cut from his high school team and then failing to win an NBA championship for several years drove him to the top. He could have quit when things weren’t working out, but he persevered through the battles he faced.
2.) SELF-WORTH – A STRONG LEVEL OF BELIEF IN ONE SELF AND IN ONE’S ABILITIES:
One of the hardest things to measure is our self-worth, because no one really knows how much or how little we really believe in ourselves. However, the only real way to tell is through time and results. If someone eventually accomplishes something great, then we know they more than likely believed in their abilities and in who they were.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an excellent example of someone who believes in themselves and it’s very clear when you hear him in an interview, or see him in the ring showcasing his poise and confidence. Many consider him cocky – but it’s not that he thinks less of others, it’s just that he thinks so highly of himself and he’s not afraid to vocalise it. “They kind of believe, I really believe, they think they’re great, I know I’m great.”
Charles Darwin initially gave up on a medical career and was often told by his father for being “lazy and too dreamy”. In fact, he once wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.” Rather than let other people define who he was, Darwin had fought hard to let his own inner beliefs of who he was stand tall. The world would later label him a genius for his scientific breakthrough’s.
One of the greatest painters of all time, Pablo Picasso had heavily ingrained beliefs about himself. He once claimed “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” His belief system of knowing he had greatness within is what propelled him.
“When your self-worth goes up, your net-worth goes up with it.” – Mark Victor Hansen
1.) PASSION – PURSUING THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND HAVE A BURNING DESIRE TOWARDS:
The most overlooked common sense trait that almost everyone knows they should be following is passion. Because the trick with passion is, if you have it, you most likely don’t need many of the above. Why? Because you will automatically gain most of the other characteristics that are essential. For example, when you are highly passionate, then you won’t give up and you won’t need the perseverance. You will be highly committed and feel a deep sense of purpose. Almost everyone who has ever became successful in any endeavour, got there because they had never ending passion for what they were doing, which 9 times out of 10, resulted in heavy achievement. Not only that, passion increases happiness in the mind and replenishment and fulfilment in the soul, which are arguably the most important ingredients of life.
Actor Johnny Depp became hugely famous because his love for the performing arts was incredibly huge. He has stated in an interview with David Letterman that he doesn’t even watch his own films. This is because he claims he is more intrigued with the process and not the final outcome. Depp is a true passionate actor who is not about the fame or money but is someone who is in love with the work itself.
Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifespan, and it was to his friend and for very little money. In fact, he was so passionate about painting that he was often starving just to paint his many of 800 paintings. Today, they sell for millions, but imagine doing something you heavily enjoy, but don’t get paid for. This is what you call true passion and not some ego based decision to something just for pride and money.
Lionel Messi has directly correlated his passion to his enormous success, saying “Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld had such a powerful desire for making people laugh and finding and creating humour out of everyday life. Even when he first went on stage at a comedy club and got complete stage freight as he was booed off stage, he would come back the next day to do it again. His love for what he did was greater than any opposing forces. You can’t keep a passionate person down, they will find ways to make sure they can do what they have a deep burning fire for.
Film director, notoriously known for Star Wars, George Lucas had the right dose of passion. He always followed things he really cared about whether it was art, photography, building cars, he loved anthropology and social science of why we do things and he deeply believes that following things that intrigued his sense is what truly led him to his biggest passion, to become a director, which combined many of his passions.
“Find your passion. I was very, very lucky to find it when I was seven or eight years old… You’re lucky in life when you find it. And you can’t guarantee you’ll find it in your first job out. But I always tell college students that come out (to Omaha), ‘Take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy. You’re going to do well at it.’” – Warren Buffett