17 Dominant Attributes of Successful People

Have you studied successful people and have identified the skills, talents, and attributes that enable them to succeed? As you look at and study these skills, talents, and attributes, you’ll understand that you possess many of them yourself.

Some of these skills and talents are more dominant than others and will play a greater part in your being, or becoming, a success in the business of life. These are the things you do well. The things you do easily and effortlessly. These are your strengths.

When you find you need a skill or talent you don’t have, just go out and look for a person or group of people with the skills, talents, and training you need. Skills and talents that complement your own.

These people will become your teammates, colleagues, co-workers, professional advisors, and friends. With these combined skills and talents organizations grow, prosper, and become successful.

#1.  Successful People Are Ambitious.

They want to accomplish something. They have enthusiasm, commitment, and pride. They have self-discipline. They’re willing to work hard and to go the extra mile. They have a burning desire to succeed. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

#2.  Successful People Have a Vision.

They have a well-defined purpose. They have a definite goal. They know what they want. They aren’t easily influenced by the thoughts and opinions of others. They have willpower. They have ideas. Their strong desire brings strong results. They go out and do things that others say can’t be done.

#3. Successful People Are Optimistic.

You know there is much to achieve and much good in this world, and you know what’s worth fighting for. Optimism is a strategy for making a better future–unless you believe that the future can be better, you’re unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

#4. Successful People Are Self-Sufficient.

They have the skills, talents, and training that are needed in order to be successful. They can shoulder responsibilities and be accountable. You make hard decisions and stand by them. To think for yourself is to know yourself.

#5. Successful People Are Powerfully Motivated Toward Accomplishment.

They take great satisfaction in accomplishing a task.

#6. Successful People Are Focused.

They focus on their main goals and objectives. They don’t get diverted. They don’t delay. They work on the projects that are important, and don’t allow those projects to sit until the last minute. They’re productive, not just busy.

#7. Successful People Learn How to Get Things Done.

They use their skills, talents, energies, and knowledge to the fullest extent possible. They do the things that need to be done, not just the things they like to do. They are willing to work hard and to commit themselves to getting the job done.


This is seriously one of the most significant attributes you can cultivate. Honesty is the best policy for everything you do; integrity creates character and defines who you are.

#9. Successful People Look for Solutions to Problems.

They’re opportunity minded. When they see opportunities they take advantage of them.

#10. Successful People Make Decisions.

They think about the issues and relevant facts, give them adequate deliberation and consideration, and make a decision. Decisions are not put off or delayed, they’re made now!

#11. Successful People Have the Courage to Admit Their Mistakes.

When you make a mistake, admit it, fix it, and move on. Don’t waste a lot of time, energy, money, and/or other resources trying to defend a mistake or a bad decision.

#12. Successful People Are Patient.

They are willing to be patient, and they understand that, in everything, there are failures and frustrations. They wait until their work becomes what it should be.

#13. Successful People Have Specific Knowledge, Training or Skills and Talents.

They know the things they need to know to be successful. And when they need information, knowledge, or skills and talents that they don’t possess, they find someone who does possess them.

#14. Successful People Work with and Cooperate with Other People.

They have optimistic, outgoing personalities. They surround themselves with people who offer them help, support, and encouragement. They are leaders.

#15. Successful People Take Responsibility for Their Actions.

This is seriously one of the most significant attributes you can cultivate. Honesty is the best policy for everything you do; integrity creates character and defines who you are.

#16. Successful People Are Enthusiastic.

They’re excited by what they’re doing, and that excitement is contagious. They draw many people to them because these people want to work with them, do business with them, and be with them.

#17. Successful people Masters of Time.

Successful people are successful because they get a lot done. The only way to do that is by making the most out of the allotted 24 hours we all get. Extraordinary people value their time and see the direct connection between how they spend their time and their well-being. They are usually always on time and “train” those that deal with them to respect their schedule by implementing strict start and end times for meetings.

These are the five things you’ll find every successful person has in common:

  • They have vision.
  • They have a plan.
  • They have specific knowledge or training.
  • They’re willing to work hard.
  • They don’t take no for an answer.


Keep in mind that: Success begins with a state of mind. You must believe you’ll be successful in order to become a success.

Keep in mind that: When people are wrong, they may admit it to themselves. If they are handled gently and tactfully, they may admit it to others and even take pride in their frankness and broad-mindedness. But people become very defensive and angry when others try to cram their mistakes down their throats.

Keep in mind that: People who excel in life are those who produce results, not excuses. Anybody can come up with excuses and explanations for why he hasn’t made it. Those who want to succeed badly enough don’t make excuses.

Keep in mind: It only takes one sound idea to achieve success.

Keep in mind that: With hard work come results. The joy in life comes with working for and achieving something.

Keep in mind that: Happiness is found in doing and accomplishing, not in owning and possessing.

Keep in mind that: If you live your life as most people do, you will get what most people get. If you settle, you will get a settled life. If you give yourself your best, every day, your best will give back to you.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” via Victor Aguirre


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