10 Traits of Highly Successful Men
We live in a world that's changing everyday, yet successful men share traits that are as timeless as they are evident. From Andrew Carnegie to Warren Buffet, all the way to Steve Jobs and Tiger Woods, there are certain attitudes and inclinations that set certain individuals above the rest. History is not kind to those men who fail, conversely, those who set themselves apart and don't compromise are held in a special regard; titans of industry, masters of finance, artists of no equal. Recognizing characteristics of men like these and emulating their ethos is a good start to living the life of a successful man.
1. Be a Force of Nature
Whether in business, leisure or love, a successful man is one of action. Making difficult decisions and acting on them is not only part maturity, but is a fundamental quality shared by generations of accomplished men. Particularly in business, winning men are those of action. This doesn't always mean finding the route up the corporate ladder. Relatively speaking, those who succeed are those who cannot bear inactivity. Taking well-conceived plans and acting on them is often risky, but the truly outstanding man knows that not acting on a solid conviction is foolish. When Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to pursue his dream of personal computing he certainly had his critics, no one would second-guess his choice now.
2. Confidence is Key
For natural leaders, self-confidence is as intrinsic as their eye color. If you are not a natural-born leader, you must learn to be confident; it takes serious commitment and hard work. This doesn't involve charging into battle, or out-maneuvering your partners at the negotiating table; it's a steady and demonstrable ability to lead. Being comfortable calling big shots, and confidently believing that you are right comes easy to few; learning to find your rhythm is crucial to being a winner. It isn't a matter of knowing when and when not to take credit, or even when to step up when others shy away, true confidence makes situational variables irrelevant. Confident leaders are responsible at all times, and that's the way they like it - on vacation, in the workshop, in the boardroom and in the bedroom.
3. Surround Yourself with the Best People
Surrounding yourself with the best people is a well-documented part of success. This isn't limited to business or money matters. Artists, scientists and athletes all surround themselves with the brightest, placing themselves in an environment where they can thrive. Successful politicians do this as well, President Obama has selected a cabinet that is uncharacteristically bipartisan; he kept President Bush's Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and nominated other GOP members to his cabinet, relying on credentials rather than party. Making genuine friends, with respected innovators and contemporaries in your field is crucial to living as a successful man.
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