Traits of Successful People

From achieving life goals to being happy to climbing the career ladder, the definition of success differs from person to person. It may even vary in your office. However, just because your employees might have their own picture of a successful life doesn't mean you can't inspire them to achieve it. For many, looking up to others who have reached their goals and developing the same traits and behaviors is motivational. With that in mind, let's look at some of the traits highly successful people have - some of your staff may share them.

"The road to success is full of potholes and diversions."

Committed
The road to success is full of potholes and diversions. Everyone will have setbacks from time to time, and getting to the prize requires an incredible amount of devotion. From staying up late to sacrificing some of the other things you want to do, you have to give up a lot to meet aspirations. For this reason, many successful individuals have the trait "committed" in common. They do what it takes to reach their goals and don't give up when the going gets tough.

"Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby." - Neil Strauss, author 

Attentive to Details

Building your own success requires attention to detail, whether you need to know the steps required to earn promotions at work or you have to create your own path. What's more, being detail-oriented often means striving for perfection - you don't overlook anything in your work. Focusing on details can get you recognized, as your work is often far above the quality of your peers.

"A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail." - John Foster Dulles, former U.S. Secretary of State

Unafraid of Failure

The fear of failure can be crippling. In fact, according to research from the University of Rochester, fear of failure is linked to feelings of shame. Many people want to avoid feeling ashamed and so don't try - if you don't try, you can't fail. What's more, some individuals who experience failure don't keep trying because they don't want to revisit shame.

Successful people don't give into those fears. When they make mistakes or their plans fall through, they deal with the issue and get back on the saddle. They also view failure as a learning opportunity.

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy, former U.S. senator

Success may have a fluid definition, but all of your employees want it. Those who are committed, attentive and unafraid are likely to achieve their goals.

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