5 Simple Characteristics of Successful People

crossing-finish-lineIn an effort to model my lifestyle with that of successful men and women, I realized that I needed clear and simple definition of the success lifestyle in order to mimick it.  You know what they say, “Fake it till you make it.”  I may not be wildly successful today, but with discipline and affirmation I can surely develop into someone with all the habits that a successful person has.  Then it’s just a matter of seizing opportunity and making the world pay attention.

So I’m going to keep it simple and easy to remember;  5 distinct characteristics that will inevitably lead you and me to greater success and life fulfillment.  Remember, naming the characteristics is the easy part;  developing each of them will require greater effort on your part.


definition: honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.

Honor is definitely a characteristic of success.  He who is not honorable can never truly be succesful.  Honor may seem like a small word but it packs a huge punch.  Remember, not being dishonorable doesn’t make you honorable.  To be truly honorable you must develop a pure sense of honesty, integrity, and fairness in every aspect of you life.  To define your beliefs and set fourth each day doing your best to live your life on the merit of those beliefs will lead you to greater success than you are currently experiencing.

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.” -Socrates


definition: The quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness.

A lack of care for your fellow man will surely lead to your demise.  Humanity is an amazing characteristic because it’s as addictive as a drug.  One taste of humanity and you’ll be feigning for more.  I recently joined the Houston SkyLine Rotary Club, and I can’t wait to go to our next meeting, and see what they plan on doing next for the community.

A good sense of humanity will lead to greater fulfillment, higher self satisfaction, and increased motivation to continue on the righteous path of life, whatever that may be for you.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


definition: a motivating force, stimulus, or influence; a driving force.

Without a good stream of motivation, very few of us would ever find success.  I can’t motivate you, it’s something you have to find from within.  Find your inspiration and hold it close to your heart.  It will get you through some tough times, and will become one of your most prized possessions.  Share it only with those worthy, and protect it with your life.  Your motivation is your life, it’s the only reason you wake up in the morning and get out of bed.  Your motivation will take you places that you would never be without it, so seek it, hold onto it, and visit it any time you need to.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar


definition: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

I’m sure you knew this one was coming.  Without a strong will to continue on and persevere through whatever lies ahead we will inevitably fail to find success.  The truly successful men and women of the world all have one thing in common, the worked their butts of, day in and day out, with our without reward, until they achieved greatness.  If you can make it through the tough times, be it days, weeks, years, or decades you will surely find success one day.

“I did not fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” -Benjamin Franklin

Seek Knowledge

definition: to continue reading and learning throughout life, to never cease to grow.

How can we grow and become successful if we continue doing what is unsuccesful?  And how can we find what is successful?  Through seeking knowledge, continuing to learn everything we can to aid in our success.  If you aren’t currently always reading, if you aren’t in the middle of a book with a stack of 5 more waiting, you haven’t yet reached your true learning potential.  Whether fiction or non-fiction, educational or entertainment, reading has the power to take us to other sides of the world, to put us in the minds of other people, and to teach us everything that anyone else has ever learned, all from the comfort of our home, work, or pretty much anywhere we can carry a book.

“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” -Prophet Muhammad

So there you have it.  5 simple characteristics that if developed will ultimately lead us to great success.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that after reading this is going to enter the world with a different mindset and a greater affinity for success.  Dedicate yourself to personal growth and development and go out and shape this world into something better.  When you finally reach the top, I’ll be there to shake your hand.  Stay strong, and I’ll see you at the finish line!

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