Little-Known Qualities of Highly Successful People

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marketing plan templateThe secret of success – qualities found in some of the most successful people

We live in the era of the internet and globally accessible knowledge. Although this sounds like an exclusively positive thing, it has its darker side, as well. Namely, never before has there been so much contradicting information available on every single topic in the world.

When one article tells you to go to drink with your employees every Friday after work and another one tells you not to fraternize with the staff, who should you listen to? Well, actually no one. You should find another, more reliable way to learn.

With this in mind, one of the most trustworthy learning methods is learning on the example of others and here are several little-known qualities that some of the greatest people who ever lived had.


Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. – Salvador Dali

All of us have dreams, but these dreams greatly differ in their intensity. Top-dogs in any industry see their goals as if they were in front of them physically and there was nothing anyone can do to sway them from their path.

While most people are satisfied with the phrase “good enough,” for natural-born winners, there is no such thing. They deal in absolutes, which means that there are only success and failure. Delineation between the two is quite clear and there’s nothing in between. Perfection may be impossible to reach, but by striving towards perfection, one can at least reach excellence.


Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Business is all about data, information and making best out of bad situations. However, you cannot play safe your whole life and hope to get filthy rich. Sometimes, you will have to make tough choices and yes, occasionally, you will be completely wrong.

Risk-taking is a part of the business world and, if you’re not ready for it, it might be better to give up right away. Sill, running a company is not a gamble and having the right intel can increase your chances, even if it means that you should rely on software to do so. Now remember, being ready to take the risk is about courage, not about luck and if all the numbers tell you not to make a certain move, you might as well listen to them.

Openness to Learning

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice. – Brian Herbert

Even though a bit of egoism may be good in a leader, you should never be too proud to learn more. Good leaders are born, but the best leaders are made through constant self-improvement and experience. Nurturing your personal leadership skills and upgrading them whenever you get the chance is bound to improve your own productivity and that of people around you.


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. – Moliere

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Finally, as a business owner you must be responsible in your decision-making. To do so, you should think about everyone’s interests, yours, those of your shareholders and, of course, those of your staff. However, you also have a responsibility to the environment and the community you live in. This means that you take the fall for everything bad that happens, but it also means that you get the credit when things unfold favorably.


At first they’ll ask you why you’re doing it, then they’ll ask you how you did it. – Anonymous

The best thing about these qualities is that they are more or less universal and you will hardly find an aspect of life where you cannot apply them. Know what your goals are, have the courage to pursue them and always be ready to learn. In the end, be brave enough to take credit for your actions in triumph as well as in defeat.

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Dan Radak

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Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.