Ep. 35: 5 Characteristics of Highly Successful People

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Do you ever wonder what puts the truly successful people ahead of the game? Characteristics of the highly successful are always a hot topic. In this week’s episode, Josh and Shelby reveal the most common characteristics of successful people and share who they admire most. Leadership Editor John Addison shares the characteristics that every leader should possess. And a member of the SUCCESS team joins in the conversation about what makes this week’s topic so fascinating.


  • Shelby and Josh describe the super successful people they admire, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Arianna Huffington, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos. Some inspiring traits of these achievers include:
    • Persistence
    • Guts
    • Self-motivation (and motivating others)
    • A passion for learning
    • A knack for giving
    • Discipline
  • John Addison shares the one quality that outshines the rest in successful leaders
  • Jessica Krampe, digital managing editor of SUCCESS.com, shares what SUCCESS contributors find to be the key habits and traits of successful people, such as:
    • Confidence
    • Purpose
    • Planning and goal-setting
    • Gratefulness
    • Mental toughness
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Being humble
  • The most popular article topics SUCCESS readers share and like
  • Big themes and daily habits from Jim Rohn and John C. Maxwell to jumpstart success

Favorite quote from this episode:

“There are so many ways available to anyone who wants to improve and do better and be better. And it’s kind of comforting to think that even the super successful feel they still have a little room for improvement. And maybe that’s why they’re super successful, right?”

Josh Ellis

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