Investor’s Business Daily has spent years analyzing leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turn dreams into reality.


1. How You Think is Everything: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment

2. Decide Upon Your True Dreams and Goals: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them.

3. Take Action: Goals are nothing without action. Don’t be afraid to get started. Just do it

4. Never Stop Learning: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills.

5. Be Persistent and Work Hard: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.

6. Learn to Analyze Details: get all the facts, all the input. learn from your mistakes.

7. Focus Your Time and Money: Don’t let other people or things distract you.

8. Don’t be afraid to innovate: Be different: following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

9. Deal and Communicate with People Effectively: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others.

10. Be honest and dependable; take responsibility: Otherwise, Nos. 1-9 won’t matter.


I have read on a few occasions that people feel that the Library Age is over and we are completely in the Technology Age. I disagree! Today I went to the library and I actually had to wait about 5 minutes for parking because the lot was full. When I entered the library, I was shocked to see how packed it was. There were individuals studying, parents browsing books with their children, and patrons just browsing. While sitting in the reading lounge section, I found this list in the Investor’s Business Daily newspaper(12/30/2010 page A3). Reading this list came at the right moment for me. It is funny that I have researched and studied leadership on a graduate level, but sometimes finding the information in another form is all it takes for it to sink in.

I think this is a pretty good list… what do you think?



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