I came across this book recently called Great Traits by Tobias Harwood which uncovers the key traits that make successful people tick. It is a great, easy to read yet insightful book and in the spirit of giving I wanted to share the best bits with you. It has identified the five main character traits that drive normal people to exceptional achievements. So what do you think these traits are?
The five key traits are passion, grit, competitiveness, boldness and constructive consciousness. These were all evident in the high achieving individuals interviewed for the book. They all shared these traits in different proportions; some showed remarkable grit while for others it was their boldness that drove them to their success.
To sum up these character traits, it became evident that motivation and passion were at the centre of any remarkable achievement and once this was ignited then an intense level of grit and determination was required to see it through.
Along the path to the great achievement there was fierce competitiveness not just with others but often with themselves. Set backs were common but they were overcome with boldness in ideas and actions.
Finally, the last trait, constructive consciousness was seen as the most important and all interviewees displayed it in a big way. This is all about how to interpret events and then selecting the right mindset in response. Many of the interviewees experienced life changing injuries or events that would have felled any normal human being. It was their response that set them apart. Their constructive consciousness. Without exception they made the most of their situation. They chose to take a certain path and were not afraid to fail.
I found this book very inspiring and enlightening as not only do I have a high achieving aunt who is the first ever Scottish woman to have climbed the seven highest peaks in the world including Everest. John Neill, CEO of Unipart Group, one of the business leaders interviewed for the book, had a significant influence on my early marketing career at Unipart. He was and still is a remarkable man. I hope you pick up a copy of the book and find it as inspiring as I did. You will not be disappointed.
Book Title - Great Traits
Author – Tobias Harwood