10 Traits to Propel You to Greatness, Part 2

A couple weeks ago, I posted an article that was summarizing a post originally made by leadership expert Claude Hamilton. Continuing that tradition of borrowing from those with actual fruit on the tree, here’s “Claude’s ‘Secrets’ to Success, Part 2.”

Common traits among all successful people:

  1. Production. Winners are producers, despite whatever challenges life tries to throw at them. While average individuals are willing to let apparently insurmountable obstacles deter them, the extraordinary push through it and come out the victor. The bottom line: winners win.
  2. Hard work. As Claude loves to say, “sacrifice is the production of sacred things.” To achieve any kind of long-lasting success, leaders know they have to be willing to work hard with a great attitude.
  3. Personal Development. “Successful people invest in themselves.  When Abraham Lincoln was chopping wood for eight hours, he spent 7 hours sharpening his axe.” The late Steven Covey thought personal development was so important, he listed “Sharpening the Saw,” as the seventh habit out of his book,  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We must be willing to learn and grow.
  4. Perseverance. Calvin Coolidge claimed that “nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.” It doesn’t matter how talented, how educated, how smart you are, if you can’t stick it out through thick and thin, you’ll never make it. Difficulties are a part of life. Whether or not we let them beat us is the difference-maker.
  5. Prioritization. Knowing the difference between urgent and important is the mark of a true leader. Poor time management has been the fall of many potentially great men and women. Sometimes prioritizing means we have let go of something really good in the moment for something great down the line. As Claude likes to put it, you have truly failed when “you give up what you really want in the future for what you can have in the moment.”

Here’s Claude’s summary of the traits all successful people have. And the most exciting thing about this list is that they are all learnable traits, so even if you don’t have them right now, you can acquire them in the future.

  • They have focus
  • They work hard
  • They take responsibility
  • They invest in themselves
  • They know how to prioritize
  • They take on new challenges
  • They are strive for excellence
  • They produce, regardless of situations
  • They leave people better than when they met
  • They persevere and keep going when others are quitting

Keep at it.

God bless,


One comment

  1. Rob Crichlow · · Reply

    I love this list … Particularly the persevere one. Applying them is the key. Not easy…but rewarding. Thanks.

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