September 18, 2006

News & Opinion: Why are they successful?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The authors of Success Built to Last found what makes successful people tick:
Their passions create meaning in their lives that is nothing short of a lifelong obsession from which they seek no escape.

Found by interviewing people of all walks of life -- some famous such as Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Steve Forbes and Dalai Lama -- they discovered three shared traits:
  • Meaning. What you do must matter deeply to you, so much so that you lose all track of time. It's a "flow experience."

  • ThoughtStyle. You have a highly developed sense of accountability, audacity, passion and optimism.

  • ActionStyle. You find effective ways to take action.

Check out the full article in USA Today here.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.