People who are more successful than average often possess these 8 unique personality traits

Generally speaking, you don’t become a success in life by chance. 

For the vast majority of us, we have to put the work in. 

This means that we need to cultivate the traits in life that promote success and, well, getting shit done. 

Nobody wants to settle for being average; for being another cog in the system, living an unremarkable life. 

So if you want to avoid this and achieve great things in life, it’s time you start taking a deeper look at your qualities and habits, making the adjustments where necessary. 

In this article, I’ll take you through the unique personality traits of a successful person. 

Once you get a better picture of things, you can start moving forward with greater clarity. 

Let’s get to it! 

1) Resilience

Most people who fail allow that to be a permanent reflection of their worth. 

They become self-defeatist and too jaded, too meek to get up and try again. 

This is not the case with the successful person. 

The successful person has a firm understanding that failure is a legitimate part of life, of growing and becoming a better, more complete person.

There are few things more human than failing. 

It’s ultimately how you bounce back from setbacks that will define you as a person. 

You see… when you have a successful mindset, you tend to view coming up short as a learning opportunity to get better–and not much else. 

You tend to have persistence and determination. 

Take it from Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player to ever live, and who also was cut from his high school varsity team: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Touche, MJ. 

2) Self-discipline

You won’t often see a successful person lying in bed, suffering from a hangover on a Wednesday morning, with cheesy Dorito crumbs on their chest. 

Sure, they let their guard down at the appropriate times, but generally, a successful person has a routine, they have structure–and most of all, they have self-discipline. 

They have the discipline to sacrifice things like instant gratification or short-term pleasures to achieve something far greater. 

They consistently have their eyes on the prize, and slowly chip away at it.  

Their daily actions are almost always aligned with long-term goals… and they rarely allow themselves to stray from that path. 

3) Optimism

As mentioned, when an unsuccessful person comes up short, they can become unreasonably hard on themselves. 

These ruminations can be so intense, that they become demotivated and give up entirely. 

It’s a shame… and a stark contrast from the successful person. 

For every obstacle, the successful person tends to hone in on the positive, rather than dwell on everything else. 

They perpetually see the glass as half full and act accordingly. 

They believe in themselves, and their ability to change, to be better–a sentiment that often inspires those around them. 

4) Adaptability

If you get excessively stuck in your ways, this can be a major hindrance to success. 

The world is a constantly changing place. 

There are few things more certain in the universe than change. 

Successful people know that to genuinely stand out from the rest, they have to adapt and embrace change.

Think of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world currently.

Have a few in mind? 

I’ll bet that the company you’re thinking of didn’t reach such groundbreaking heights by playing it safe and stubbornly sticking to established ways. 

Chances are, they are flexible and adjust their strategies based on new environments, and fresh ways of thinking

The fact is that by not adapting, you sacrifice new and efficient ways of doing things, which means you’ll be left behind in life–whether you’re a multinational company or an individual. 

And nobody wants to be left behind. 

5) Passion

When a successful person decides to pursue a task, they tend to dive head first into it. 

They don’t dilly dally, act hesitant, and sort of half-assedly do the job, delegating to others. 

They get excited. They get passionate. 

Whether they’re running their own company or sweeping floors, a person who has a successful mentality will accomplish their work with enthusiasm and zest, not bitterness, resentment, or laziness. 

When you’re passionate about something, trust me, people take notice. 

Passion also tends to fuel things like persistence, curiosity, and creativity–more key attributes to becoming successful in this world. 

6) Vision

I know many people who have lofty goals in life. 

But these so-called “goals” become ideas that end up floating around in the back of their head, or are reduced to a topic of barroom chatter, never genuinely materializing. 

These people sort of expect things to land in their laps, without taking, or even brainstorming, the necessary, requisite steps and initiative to get there. 

Successful people understand that to achieve anything of value in the world, they have to have a concrete vision, and a plan to get there. 

They not only have clear, long-term goals… but more importantly, they’re able to outline the steps needed to achieve them. 

See the difference?

7) Confidence

Successful people also often have a high degree of self-assuredness.

By confidence, I don’t mean that you need to morph into Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson overnight. 

By confidence, I mean you have a high level of self-belief and trust in your ability to accomplish things, your ability to make decisions, and so on. 

Many can stick out their chest and fake confidence; but true, genuine confidence comes from deep within. 

True confidence separates successful people from everyone else. 

True confidence motivates you to take risks and seize opportunities, while everyone else just looks on. 

8) Emotional intelligence

Here’s the thing: successful people understand people. 

Whether we like it or not, we can’t be solitary in our quest to genuinely go places in life. 

When it comes to success, learning how to deal with people efficiently is non-negotiable. 

Remember, no man or woman is an island. 

Successful people know this and thus make it a point to develop their emotional intelligence.

They’re generally able to manage their emotions well, staying calm and composed in stressful situations; while also navigating interactions, social and professional, with depth and charisma. 

Final words 

If you want to be more successful than the average person, you have to pay attention to your qualities, your behaviors, and your day-to-day habits. 

As you may have gathered, these things add up. 

So start taking things one step at a time. 

Rome wasn’t built in a day… and you will not become a success overnight.

But if you remain dedicated, you’ll get there sooner than later. 

Remember, true success is always within your grasp if you want it to be. You got this. 

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