Qualities that make a person successful

Qualities that make a person successful


The motivation to succeed comes from the burning desire to achieve a purpose. Napoleon Hill wrote, “Whatever the mind of man conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. ”

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.  They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him under the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and held him down. When the boy started turning blue, Socrates raised the boy’s head out of the water. The first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, what did you want the most when you were under water?  The boy replied,  “Air. ” Socrates said that is the secret to success. When you want success as intensely as you want air under water, then you will have it. There is no other secret.

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.


Try not to become a success, but rather try to become a man of value.  Albert Einstein

Integrity and wisdom are the two pillars on which to

build and keep commitments. This point is best illustrated by the manager who told one of his staff members,  integrity is keeping your commitment even if you lose money and wisdom is not to make such foolish commitments.

Prosperity and success are the results of our thoughts and decisions. It is for us to decide what thoughts will dominate our lives. Success is not an accident. It is the result of our attitude.


A duty which becomes a desire will ultimately become a delight.

People with character accept responsibilities. They make decisions and determine their own destiny in life. Accepting responsibilities involves taking risks and being accountable, which is sometimes uncomfortable. Most people would rather stay in their comfort zones and live passive lives without accepting responsibilities. They drift thro life waiting for things to happen, rather than making them happen. Accepting responsibilities involves taking calculated, not foolish, risks. It means evaluating all the pros and construction, then taking the most appropriate decision or action. Responsible people don’t think that the world owes them a living.


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