The 5 Traits of Wildly Successful People

We hear about hard work all the time. But there has to be something else in the equation of obtaining unimaginable success. What other traits tipped the odds in favor of the world’s most successful people? What helped propel their careers before they had track records?

For the past three years Alex Banyan, an author and venture capitalist, researched and interviewed some of the world’s most successful people to find the answers to these very questions. Here are five traits with stories he noticed that have stood out in the personalities of people who have truly made it big …

1. Stray From the Pack: Tim Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

2. Chase the School Bus: Sugar Ray Leonard growing up.

3. Create Cork Boards: Peter Guber, former CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Note-this is my favorite!

4. Get On “Qi Time”: Qi Lu, President of Online Services at Microsoft.

5. Play the People Game: Steven Spielberg and his early age filmmaking.

Read Banyan’s full article here.

Banyan concludes success can come in different fields, but the principles behind it are one. From Sugar Ray Leonard chasing the school bus to Peter Guber’s corkboard, these stories show the unique personality traits that tipped the scales in favor of the world’s most successful people.

What other habits do you think wildly successful people share? I would love to hear your comments.
Alex Banyan is an associate at San Francisco-based venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners and the author of a highly anticipated business book being released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.).


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