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Think about the success you have had in your life. What do you think were the most important qualities, actions, ideas that allowed it to happen?

For me:

1) Persistence.
2) Working from my strengths and talents rather than trying to overhaul my weaknesses (see my sig).
3) Getting buy-in from the people I'm trying to affect.

Of course there are more, but I think it's more interesting to limit myself to three.
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- Passion
- Persistence
- Continous learning
- Mentors
- Ability to spot an opportunity
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Self-Motivation
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Loyalty
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First and foremost, luck. Any of my major successes involve being in the right place at the right time to some extent.

After that, I guess a combination of intelligence and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is close to persistence, but not the right word IMO.

Take, for example, my early academic success. I was really really good at math -- head and shoulders above other people (even other math majors). But it wasn't because I was truly talented. Maybe a little above average, but I definitely didn't owe my success to talent. Instead, I had a whole lot of enthusiasm, to the extent that I didn't mind (and actually, enjoyed) studying math 14 hours a day. So even making hourly progress at an ordinary pace, I would learn three or four times more per day as a student at my talent level but ordinary enthusiasm.

To someone who didn't enjoy what they were doing, I would call that an abundance of persistence. For me, I would rather have been doing that than playing video games or drinking beer. (In fact, I think I have below average persistence, in the sense that I find it tough to grind out tasks I don't really want to do.)

Now that I'm far away from the academic world, it's the same story. So far, all my investments have been good. ("Good" meaning they've unfolded in the way that I had hoped, and I've gotten the returns I hoped to get. At least so far.) This is, in part, because I research them perhaps more than average. But I didn't consider the research "work," it was just something I enjoy doing.
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Luck- but you must have money on the table...
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Massive drive, consistent hard work, and relentless persistence.

I would add to that "putting yourself in the right place at the right time" (as opposed to "being in the right place at the right time").
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I've always thought luck played a part in success, but I have never had it come to my house and kick open the door. Smile
Some say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I've always believed that we sort of attract the things we
looking for, thereby creating our own luck.

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Quite right, Tom. Luck may play a part, but if you're not prepared to "deliver the goods" at that very moment ... you're out of luck. You have to have the confidence, bravado and skills to excel when the opportunity arises.
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Serendipity.
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Luck has never been a big part of my success. For me the biggest factor was:

1. Knowing how to sell and pitch: this is huge. If you can't sell, your dead.
2. Never fall in love with your first idea: I've changed my whole business on a single call when they weren't buying what I was selling. I found out what they wanted to buy, and I sold them that.
3. Never get discouraged.
4. You got to work at it every day.
5. You have to like people.
6. Networking: this is probably the biggest difference between people who succeed vs those that don't. I big network makes up for a lot of mistakes.

I personally am of the believe that successful people make their own luck.
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Of course, then there's also the theory that everything is predestined, and whatever happens was meant to happen ....
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I define success, nothing more nor less, than achieving ones objective. Great is taken on a most difficult thing and overcoming it to reach ones objective. What one needs to take on such a task in the first is inspiration. Your down to the felt but you still have a chip and chair, you are faced with a monumental task, tOdin sends the wind and turns the tide, you make a comeback and win. Germany look like beating the USA which is no big thing to the Germans but for the USA to beat the Germans would be something great but the USA needs insiration in first place. They need spirit.
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On 2013-12-10 15:47, tommy wrote:
Germany look like beating the USA which is no big thing to the Germans but for the USA to beat the Germans would be something great but the USA needs insiration in first place. They need spirit.


I agree with that. Motivation, determination, a "never-give-up" attitude, and spirit.
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I want to expand on persistence. For me persistence includes knowing when it's time to hibernate--sometimes for a week, sometimes for a month, maybe a year or more. But don't let it die. Come back to it again having had new experiences and insights to draw from.

As to luck--I wonder how many times I was lucky but didn't even know enough to know I was lucky--it just passed me by!
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Walking close to God, without a divided heart. The success being my life, my wife, my 2 kids and the job I have had for over 30 years allowing me to support them.

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Qualities:

1. Determination and perseverance
2. Passion and zeal for life
3. Service to others being the foremost reason I do anything in life. Having this mindset in all endeavours....

Actions:

1. Systematic planning
2. Prayer
3. Aligning my life as close as possible to Gods Will for today......love at all costs.....

Kam
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And if I write, many a pen will break.
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Being there. (With a nod to Jerzy Kosinski)
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For me, luck, intelligence, talent, vision, originality and uniqueness. Being true to one's self and not compromising or selling out. You're not going to get very far doing what everyone else is doing.

One needs to not only be in the right place at the right time but also recognise the opportunity when it arrives. You the need to have the skill, talent and fortitude to carry through.

And I didn't need god(s) or prayer to help me along the way. Just a few well placed friends and fans Smile
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I like Herb Zarrow and way he worked on his Zarrow Shuffle on and off for years.
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