12 traits of highly successful people

A dozen easy traits that will help you reach your goal—whatever it might be.

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1. Read

Several sources indicate that less than 15 percent of the American population reads with any regularity. Information is ubiquitous; unfortunately, most people are taking in frivolous information. Reading is making a deliberate choice as to what you introduce to your psyche. If you want to get ahead, this is not an optional activity. (Aimlessly surfing the Web does not count.)

2. Question

Don’t question for the sake of being argumentative. Question for the sake of clarification and comprehension. Make sure that the beliefs you hold are your own and not inherited conclusions.

3. Create a diverse circle of friends and associates

Establishing a broad range of individuals with whom you interact ensures that you remain open-minded. More possibilities and opportunities exist for those who can see beyond their biases.

4. Reflect

It’s never a good thing to wallow in the past. However, it is beneficial to evaluate what worked well, what didn’t, and what needs to be revised. You can’t drive looking in the rear view mirror, but you do need to know your position at any given time.

5. Look ahead

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