6 Shared Factors of Successful Executives
These factors where determined by interviews with and books from very successful people. Factors which eminently successful people considered essential were collected and classified. They were gathered from talks with big men, from personal letters, from printed interviews, and from books… end result being ideas of thirty-one of most successful people of our country.
Although their ideas differ, yet certain factors are listed by each of these men; and seventeen qualities are mentioned more than twenty times. They are: health, good appearance, hard work, enthusiasm, industry, persistence, sincerity, earnestness, self-confidence, concentration, determination, honesty, good memory, self-control, tact, patience, and imagination.
These qualities are not determinants of success. They do not guarantee success. Of course, they are important. They are valuable assets, but not determining factors. For instance, a man must "work hard" to succeed, but "hard work" does not always bring success.
1. Health: I know a man in perfect physical health; he has strong muscles and strength of two ordinary men; his complexion is clean; his skin is ruddy; his eyes are clear. Yet, he is a failure-his wife supports him. I know another man, who has been in poor health for twenty years. He is an eminently successful man. Health is a valuable asset, but it is not a determining factor of success.
2. Good Appearance: I know a man with bearing of a Royal Prince-splendid shoulders, pleasing manners, and attractive smile. He looks you directly in eye. He resides at Sing Sing.