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“10 traits of Highly Successful People”

We have always heard that in life, it is often a fine line between success and failure. It is common belief that “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” This quote comes from Booker T Washington, who was one of the foremost African-American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those looking to succeed must first fail or learn from those who failed.

The reality is that successful individuals aren’t just born. The following traits will guide you to success:

1. Fail. No matter how hard you work, failure can and will happen. The most successful people understand the reality of failure, and its importance in finding success. Rather than running and hiding when you fail, embrace it. Learn from this mistake and you won’t fail in the same way again.

2. Set goals. Those who are successful set daily achievable goals. Find success by solidifying S.M.A.R.T. — smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely — goals. Stop juggling a mental to-do list of just long-term goals and establish small daily goals to achieve your vision.

3. It is not about luck. Many relate success to being in the right place at the right time. While this is an element of success, there’s also the crucial involvement of blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t hold yourself back by waiting for the perfect timing or idea. Some of the most successful people got there by hitting the ground running, even if timing wasn’t perfect.

4. Continually evaluate. Success comes from regularly monitoring behaviors, strategies, and tactics. How can you make adjustments if you don’t know how you’re doing? Hold yourself accountable by checking your progress as often as possible.

5. Take actionDon’t let obstacles stall you when you’re searching for the right solution. Taking action will lead to answers.

6. Continued improvement. Successful people habitually thrive on self-improvement, whether it’s in terms of learning from mistakes or simply using their weaknesses as opportunities, set goals for improving your weak spots.

7. Persevere. Successful people never give up. Do they ever fail? Yes, however ensure that you develop a willingness to work through the challenges you encounter along the way.

8. Be humble. The most successful individuals lack an ego. Hold yourself accountable and remain focused.

9. Be flexiblePlans always change, roll with the punches and maneuver in another directions if necessary.

10. Make connectionsSuccessful people often attribute their achievements to the help of others.  If you have all the skills necessary to run your company, a business partner could complement your weaknesses.