successful people are…

What are the qualities and characteristics of successful people? I’ve shared about how different people define success before {here, here and here} and really enjoyed this article by Greg Hoy recently. It was a fascinating look on what sets people apart in the workplace – and it’s not just about “doing good work.” The article focuses on personal interactions and qualities that people possess that makes them successful. While the article focused on success in the workplace, I think most of the qualities carry over into other aspects of life beyond your job.  Being appreciative and thankful will always give you more things to be thankful for. Staying humble and patient is key in all areas of life. Knowing and respecting your limits is important for a healthy and happy life.

Here’s the list from the article of qualities that successful people have:

  • They are humble. Their success doesn’t consume them.
  • They are on time. On time for work, on time for meetings, on time for the train. They hate wasting their own time, and as a byproduct, anyone else’s.
  • They always appreciate what they have. And as a result, they usually get more.
  • They are universally respectful—to their friends, their boss, or to the person that makes their sandwich for lunch.
  • They don’t let work consume them.
  • They make sacrifices for the benefit of others.
  • They are patient.
  • They put in the extra effort when it’s needed, without any strings attached.
  • They resolve issues or conflicts directly.
  • They respectfully push back. It’s easy to push back. To do so with respect takes skill.
  • They trust their colleagues.

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3 responses to “successful people are…

  1. Vicki Villarreal Lenio

    I just love you Andi… You brighten my day everyday! Thank you!

  2. I LOVE “They are universally respectful—to their friends, their boss, or to the person that makes their sandwich for lunch.” So important.

  3. Successful people are...

    …named Zach!

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