September 18, 2006

News & Opinion: Why are they successful?

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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.