Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Fool Proof Method for Predicting Individual Success

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Scaffolding: Not just for construction workers anymore (Photo credit: kevin dooley)
by Hiroshi Mikitani, LinkedIn:

Who will be successful? Look at yourself and the people around you. Who among you will be the most successful?

Don’t shrug and say it’s impossible to know. Success has markers. Spot them and you can determine who will be successful.

The successful businessperson has three key traits: Drive, ability and knowledge.

Drive is really a state of mind. It is the internal source of motivation. People who are ambitious and have a desire - whether it is to become rich or to delight customers or some other goal - are on a path to success.

Ability is a combination of in-born traits and acquired skills. An example would be communications skills - some are born with this and some must work at it. Other abilities may be administrative or quantitative.

Knowledge is the final ingredient. Drive and ability will not help you succeed if you do not possess knowledge - of the world, of the workplace, of technology. Willingness to learn and keep learning is critical.

Some gifted individuals are born with all three of these things. But that is a rare occurrence. Most people come into the marketplace with two of these three.

So how can you spot the future success story? Certainly, you can notice the gifted individual with all three traits. But that’s easy. Anyone can spot that person. And if that’s all you see, you will be undercounting.

The future successful individuals of the marketplace are also those who possess two of the three traits and know which one they are missing. These are individuals who not only know their strengths but know their weaknesses and are working on it.

They, too, are on the road to success.
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