The Washington Magazine

The Washington Magazine

5 Qualities You Need to Succeed in Life

How do you know if you’re successful? In reality, the definition of success varies from person to person, and it can change over time as well. But there are qualities that successful people share, traits that make them more likely to achieve the goals they set for themselves and live the lives they want to live. For example, self-motivation and a determination to improve are key qualities that will help you get through the tough times when things aren’t going your way and help you achieve success in the long run.

Work Ethic

We’ve all heard it before: hard work and dedication pay off. If you want to succeed, you have to give it your all. There’s no magic formula for success. The answer lies within each of us—and some self-discipline helps too. Your ability to work hard is a trait that can be cultivated—and even honed over time. The bottom line? If you want something bad enough, don’t wait for luck—just start working on it now!


To succeed, you must do what needs to be done, even when you don’t feel like it. Developing discipline comes with hard work, but it’s worth it. If you want something you have never had, then you have to do something you have never done. -Arnold H. Glasow


The true measure of success isn’t what you do for yourself but what you do for others. For a start, you need to be selfless and non-selfish. When faced with a choice between helping someone else or yourself, choose someone else; it will help get you there! Sometimes we think we can only help ourselves by taking care of others first, but that’s not true at all.


Being successful means making a lot of difficult decisions, and you’ll likely make plenty of mistakes along the way. Successful people learn from these errors, but only if they can control their frustration. People who keep a cool head during stressful situations are much more likely to turn those missteps into opportunities for growth.


For a start, you should be honest with yourself about what you want. When you have a clearly defined set of goals and values, it’s easier to spot a potentially unhealthy situation or relationship before it gets out of hand. More importantly, your partner should know that your integrity matters just as much as his or hers does.