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April 13, 2018   
I've met a lot of successful people. 
They have these 6 traits in common. 
It's more than just the 28 years I've been a financial advisor that I've had a front row seat to observing and working with highly successful people. As you could imagine, this pertains mainly to financial success but, fortunately, I work with very successful people whose idea of success has nothing to do with attaining lots of money.

What got me thinking about this was an event I attended last night, the Jericho High School Hall of Fame. And if you went to my high school, you're probably thinking "Really, they have a Hall of Fame?" But having attended two of these events, I think every high school should have an annual hall of fame event. It's a total blast from the past to see friends and teachers (at this point, I have to admit that I liked school a lot), some who I haven't seen in decades. I sat next to my band teacher (I played the baritone saxophone, if you were wondering), who was hired by the school district when I was in ninth grade and he retired last year. The shoutouts and thank you's he received from the four hall of fame alumni-inductees reminded me how this man is truly successful. He was more than a music teacher - if there was ever a hall of fame dedicated to teachers who mentored students, he should be in it. By the way, I know nothing about his finances. But I do know that becoming a public school teacher is more about the love of the profession and a lot less about making a huge income.

So, what makes someone successful? I've isolated the 6 key traits and all of them are required to become successful:
  1. A successful person has his or her own definition of success. They go about life feeling like a big success, which serves to both reinforce their wonderful feeling and pushes them to become even more successful; truly a virtuous cycle. Success is fun to them and because of that, they don't suffer from job burnout.
  2. They take mentoring very seriously. They are interested in mentorship outcomes and they take great care in following up with their mentees. Having a positive impact on their employees, students, family, customers, etc. is THE most important thing in the world to them.
  3. They love passing on their skills without being pushy about it. They don't guard their skills because they're afraid someone else might get credit for them. Simply put, they are great sharers.
  4. They know and readily admit that they don't have all the solutions to their personal or business challenges. "I don't know" is easy for them to say. But they have excellent follow up skills which makes hunting down the unknowns comfortable for them. This brings me to the next success trait.
  5. They are super curious about how things work and how people around them think. They read a lot and watch videos to learn new things.
  6. They don't think in terms of probabilities, they think in terms of possibilities. In other words, they're optimistic. They look at optimism as something that needs to be nourished and relearned all the time. They take it to heart that everything that has ever been done was done for the first time, so doing something new - or finding a new way to do something - is met with an open mind, not skepticism.
The best thing about these success traits is that they can be adopted by everyone, regardless of one's profession or passion.

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