10 Success Characteristics of Highly Successful People

Highly successful people are different. They possessed some common success characteristics that make them extraordinary. And if you want to achieve amazing success in life, you must be aware of these qualities and master them.

People become successful because of the way they think and act. Successful people think and act differently, hence, they are able to create different results than most ordinary people.

So, if you want to be the same, you must learn to master these 10 success characteristics that will transform your life.

Of course, it is easier said than done and it is not an easy task to equip yourself with all the positive and constructive traits of a successful person. But, when you are aware of these characteristics and start developing them, it will greatly increase your chances of success in life…

1. They have a long-term vision

Every successful person has a long-term vision. If you look at extraordinary people like Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, etc., you will notice they all share a similar trait, and that is having a long-term vision.

When Jeff Bezos invested $42 million into his 10,000-year clock project, he has the aim to build a mechanical clock that will run for 10 millennia. Instead of focusing on the short-term, Bezos thinks long-term and focuses on the far future.

The same goes when Thomas Watson started IBM. He said in a speech that one of the key reasons IBM succeeded is that IBM focuses on the long-term future, and they acted how they want to be in the future from day one.

Do you have a long-term vision? If you want to succeed in life, you need to know what you want out of life.

2. They have an empowering purpose

Besides having a long-term vision, successful people have an empowering purpose behind their dreams. Think about it, after Elon Musk sold PayPal to eBay, he made hundreds of millions from the deal. However, that did not stop him from moving on to create Tesla and SpaceX.

Musk is empowered by a strong purpose to serve and change humanity. He believed that interstellar travel is the future and he believed that electric vehicles could improve our environment. Hence, he started Tesla and SpaceX. Musk has a strong purpose behind the two companies he started.

Without having a strong purpose behind what you do, you will never have the motivation to persist throughout the journey.

When your purpose is strong and empowering, you will automatically be driven and act on your dreams.

3. They are optimistic

Next, highly successful people are optimistic people. They believe that things are not fixed and even when they fail, it is not because they are a failure, instead, they believe that it is either they are not doing it right or they haven’t found the right way yet.

You can’t live a positive life if all you do is think negatively about things. When you think negatively, you don’t believe that things are going to work for you. Thus, you will do it with a half-hearted attempt.

However, when you are optimistic, you believe everything is possible. When that happens, you are more willing to try new things and do things with more commitment. This is how being optimistic can make you successful.

Develop this characteristic of success. Learn to master your thinking and always focus on the positive.

4. They are willing to learn

Successful people are always willing to learn. One reason they are able to achieve outstanding results in life is that they are always improving. They know that in order to get to higher ground, they need to learn and improve themselves.

If you are not growing, you will be stuck with where you are, doing the same thing over and over again. The only to move forward is to equip yourself with the right knowledge and constantly improve yourself to become better at what you do.

Bruce Lee said it wisely, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Focus on what you do and improve your skills at doing it.

Once you become the specialist and the master in your industry, you can command top dollars because you are the best in what you do.

5. They love what they do

Do you love what you do? I know you have heard about this a million times, but it is true that you need to have a passion for what you do to succeed in it. Without passion, you will never do your best.

Take a look at the successful people out there. They are passionate about what they do. Kobe Bryant loved basketball and that was how he found his drive to train every day. Steve Jobs once said that without passion, you’re going to give up because success is hard.

Successful people love what they do. This is why they do it even when things are tough or when people are laughing at them. On the other hand, those who lack the passion give up and quit. So, do you love what you do?

6. They are 100% committed

Another important characteristic of success is to have 100% commitment to what you do. If your goal is to write a book, there is no way you can achieve it if you are not committed.

People give up because they lack commitment. They treat their dreams and goals as something they can live without. On the other hand, successful people are 100% committed to their goals and dreams. They are willing to wake up early and stay later to work on their dreams.

To the successful people, their dreams are something they can’t live without. They talk about their dreams, discuss, breathe, eat, sleep, and work on them every single day. This is how they become successful. And if you want to succeed, you need to do the same – put in 100% commitment.

7. They take calculated risks

One of the main differences between extraordinary people and ordinary people is that extraordinary people take calculated risks while ordinary people are not willing to venture out of their comfort zone.

If you continue to do what you do, you will always be getting the same results. If you want to make a change, you need to do something different. And that requires you to take calculated risks.

Stop living in your comfort zone, instead, dare to take the risks and move beyond your comfort zone. If you want to explore the new oceans, you must be willing to lose sight of the shore. Don’t worry about making changes. Instead, learn to take calculated risks and do what others are not willing to do. That’s how success is created.

8. They believe in their dreams

Do you believe in your dreams and goals? When you do, you will give your best to achieve the success you want. But if you don’t, you will never give your best. The reason is simple, when you don’t believe that your dream is possible, you will never go all out. Why attempt something that you believe is impossible, right?

Hence, you have to believe in your dreams. Just like gambling, if you don’t believe you stand a chance to win, you will never gamble because you believe you are going to lose. But because you believe that you have a chance, you go for it.

Choose to believe in yourself and your dreams. When you truly believe that what you want is possible, you will go all out and do it with your full heart.

9. They don’t give up easily

This is common sense. Highly successful people don’t give up easily. The moment you give up is the moment you lose. As long as you don’t give up and keep trying, you can still succeed.

But too bad that most people are quitters. When things become tough or when they don’t see the results they desire, they choose to let go and find another new project or opportunity to work on.

Success isn’t going to come to you overnight. If you workout in the gym for an hour today, you’re not going to see any result instantly. But if you keep exercise every day for an hour, after a few months, the results will show. You will lose the additional fat, slowly, but surely.

This is why you shouldn’t give up. You need to give your dreams enough time to materialize. Have the determination and don’t give up.

10. They are action-oriented

Finally, highly successful people are proactive people. They are action-oriented and are always on the go. Rather than wait for things to happen to them, they go out and make things happen. Success isn’t going to fall to your lap and money isn’t going to fall from the sky.

If you want success, you have to work for it. Don’t wait for things to happen. Be proactive and make things happen. Think about it, what have you done today that moved you forward to your goals and dreams? If your answer is ‘nothing’, then you know you’re not action-oriented.

Take action and work on your dreams and goals. That’s the only way how to create results.


Success isn’t going to happen magically. People become successful because of the way they think and act. And this is why you need to develop these 10 success characteristics if you want to accomplish extraordinary success in what you do.

About the Author

Shawn Lim is the founder of StunningMotivation.com ) and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.  http://StunningMotivation.com

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