8 Traits Successful People Have in Common

Posted on July 5th, 2012

Book notes from The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common by Richard St John

The key characteristics of successful people, based upon 10 years of research and 500 personal interviews.

  1. Passion - Successful people find what they love to do, though this may take a long time for many.

  2. Work - Successful work very hard; however, because they love the work, it’s fun.

  3. Focus - Successful people focus long-term efforts on just one thing.

  4. Push - Successful people overcome barriers like shyness and self-doubt and push themselves beyond normal expectations.

  5. Ideas - Developing ideas to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities is a hallmark of the successful person.

  6. Improve - Successful people aim to do their best by constant practice and learning from mistakes.

  7. Serve - Offer others something of value, think about others, work on their behalf.

  8. Persist - Success does not come instantly but comes over time and by working through failure, mistakes, criticism, rejection, and adversity.

Where Do You Stand on the 8 Success Traits?

On the scale of 1 to 10, think about where you are now and circle the number where are now and where you’d like to be.


Don’t know what I Love 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Have found my passion


I slack off a lot 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I work very hard


I dabble in a lot of areas 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I’m very focused on one area


I don’t myself 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I push myself a lot


I don’t come up with ideas 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I come up with many ideas


I’m fine the way I am 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I keep Improving


I mainly serve myself 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I serve to others


I often give up 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 I keep persisting

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