Qualities And Characteristics You Need For Success - And How To Acquire Them


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Success is a wonderful word that we all want to be associated with in one way or another. When you hear the word, you immediately visualize good things. It can put you in a better mood instantly, just by the power of imagination. 

But who’s to say what success actually is? How is it measured? Sure, a lot of people picture a successful person as someone with too much money and all of the thriving business in the world. If that’s how you solely picture success, then good for you – you have high standards, and you’ll probably push yourself to reach them. Not everyone will reach the pinnacle, however, because it’s a place that’s reserved only for a select few. 

Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, and that’s how most of us view it, too. Whether it’s perceived as something small or big, it’s that feeling of achievement. In order for anyone to find success in anything, they need to have something about them. Nothing ever falls comfortably on our laps (well, perhaps they do for some people). 

Whether you’re tackling something that nobody has ever managed to tackle before, whether you’re trying to reach a personal milestone, or whether you’re trying to overcome a personal hurdle, you’ll need to have certain qualities. You don’t have to be Mr or Mrs Perfect and be flawless at every task you face, but it helps to have the skills to accompany your mission.

If you’re interested, let’s go through a bunch of different skills, traits and characteristics that are possessed by successful people.      


In order to reach a good level in terms of your work or your overall standard of doing things, you need to have a degree of organization about you. Nobody ever got very far by stumbling along and hoping for the best. Being organized means having everything together – and that means everything. From your general plans and schedule to the bits and pieces that are assembled on your desk. People that manage to get lots done often have a working plan ahead of them. Hopping from task to task on a whim might sound like an easier idea, but it’ll only get you so far.  

Perpetual Motivation 

Motivation is something we all need just to function on a daily basis. Without it, we’d all just be sat around wondering what the point is. If you want to reach your goal and reap the rewards, you’ll need to be mentally switched on at all times. The way we get up in the morning is all based on how motivated we are to get the jobs done. 

When you’re struggling for motivation, it can be quite hard to pull it out of seemingly nowhere. You can, however, train your mind and get the motivation you need. You can watch videos, listen to podcasts and read up on the stories behind successful people. The law of attraction is also a popular method of getting what you want and being driven to do so.   


We’re not talking about immense levels of fearlessness in terms of risking your life, instead, having the courage to commit to something. When you first set out to do something, you’re free to drop out at any time and continue on with whatever tame plans you had before. Heading in a new direction or pushing yourself to do something higher-octane takes some boldness. This doesn’t always have to be regarding something that could be detrimental or that stresses you out massively, though. There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity!

A Sociable Personality

When you’re a person that people can bounce off of comfortable, you’re going to be in with a bigger chance of getting what you want in life. That’s just a fact. Popular and well-liked figures often get more out of life than reclusive types. As a more bubbly and sociable person, you’ll get to know more and more people. Thus, more opportunities can be found, and more networking can be done. Furthermore, when you’re good with people, you’ll develop a good reputation amongst them, and they’ll be more inclined to include you in things. 

Constant communication will mean you are subconsciously practicing. You won’t notice it as it’s happening, but your brain will constantly be taking in words, phrases, behaviours and mannerisms. These learned aspects of communication could turn you into an impeccable leader someday as leadership is more than just being the face of a group. Being a leader requires many skills, and being able to talk with everyone properly is a big one.  

A Constant Willingness To Learn

It’s very easy to slow down your pursuit of knowledge when you feel like you’ve reached certain levels. It’s understandable because you’ve gotten to the position you’ve needed. The learning was a necessary piece of the puzzle on this particular journey. If you want to constantly improve and build on any success you’ve already found, then you should always remain a keen student. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert in a particular field; you’ll never know it all. You could spearhead a big firm, like Mark Zuckerberg, Cynthia Telles, Jeff Bezos, and many others – it doesn’t give you the right to stop studying. Approach everything and everyone with the attitude of an amateur – you’ll be benefited hugely.  


This is split into two ideas: being honest with yourself and being honest with others. If you can’t look at yourself and honestly evaluate where you are, then you might not make progress that you want. Often, when people either lie to themselves or continue wishing the truth was something else, they operate around something that doesn’t exist and any issues they had become exacerbated.

Being open and honest with others is the second point here. Say you’re a boss and you have people working under you. When you need to have a chat with them, do you want to get the best results for both yourself and them? Sure, you do. The way you do that is by being completely sincere and frank. When you lie to people, regardless of the situation, it always comes back to bite you in the backside. Even if the truth is sore, you have to speak it. 


While it’s not totally necessary to have it in droves, it’s quite important that you believe in your own ability to do things. Some are born with loads of it, so they don’t need to worry about backing themselves. For those who are a little short of confidence, however, it can be worked on. Constantly studying, getting qualifications, experience – these will all boost your self-belief in a lot of subjects. 


Good things come to those who wait is how the old adage goes. And when you want something good, it’s going to take a while to reach you. Sure, some lucky souls hit the bigtime overnight, but those are one in a million instances. You need to have patience because, without it, you could give up way too soon.

You may feel as though you’re wasting your time when you’re just around the corner from something special. Patience is also a wonderful trait possessed by leaders in terms of teaching, passing down advice and working together with contacts. 

A Positive Mental Attitude

Finally, and this is often smirked at by many, but people at the height of success view life with a glass half full kind of attitude. There’s always a brighter side to any outcome. There’s always an opportunity to capitalize on. If you’re moping around with a negative mindset all of the time, you’re going to get nowhere fast.

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This year, I'm working to launch a few new large-scale projects (but it's difficult to stay focused when I have so many different things going on at once).

Here's what's happening with us:

We're turning this blog and resource into a fully-integrated one-stop shop for everything related to PR. We're going to be offering three different PR programs designed for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands looking to turn their small businesses into power brands. For brands that can't afford to hire us or another PR firm (because let's admit it - most startups can't afford to spend $3,000+ per month), we've also created a PR course (Squash the Competition with Publicity) and a media database for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands that want to do it themselves.

We're also turning our once-daily fashion and lifestyle email newsletter ( into a digital magazine, e-commerce shop, and shopping/style app (coming later this spring).  In 2017, we hit 25,000 subscribers (mostly through word-of-mouth). This year, our goal is to hit 35,000 subscribers.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Kristin, how the heck can you get all of the work done on time and without spending a fortune on hiring help?" Well, here's a look into how I get everything done on my schedule (most of the time).

My daily routine:

  • Wake up at 7 AM, get dressed, and take my husband to the train station (if I decide to work from home. If I go into the city for work for the day, then I will answer emails on the train and chat with my husband.)

  • Whether I work from home or in the city, I will stop at Starbucks for my morning coffee and yogurt. 

  • Look at my inbox to see what came in throughout the evening. Respond to all important emails while I eat my yogurt (if I'm working from home or my office).

  • Look at my to-do list and do everything that's a priority (even if it's going to take an hour or two).

  • Tackle all of the big items on my plate for the day in the morning (because that's when I'm most alert and productive).

  • Around noon time, I will make lunch (which is always roast turkey on rye bread with mustard and Oikos Vanilla yogurt). While I eat lunch, I scan headlines to see what's happening in the world and how I can tie a client's pitch to something that's trending in the news.

  • From 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, I will pitch the media for my clients. (This is generally when the media is most responsive to my emails and I secure media coverage).

  • Around 3 PM, I begin to feel tired and lethargic, so I will make it a point to go for an hour run (Although I live in New York and the weather can get really nasty during the winter, I will run because it's my time to decompress).

  • When I get back from my run, I take a quick shower, get dressed (in activewear), and get back to work (which is usually around 4:15 PM, writing blog posts for this blog or The Haute Rebel, or working on my next product launch, webinar, or collaboration).

  • Around 5 PM, I will check my inbox again to make sure all emails have been answered. I don't like surprises.

  • If I don't have any pressing emails in the afternoon, then I will work on my next day's projects.

  • I wrap my day up at 6:50 PM because I have to pick my husband up from the train.

  • We usually eat dinner around 7:30 PM and veg out on the couch for a few hours until 10 PM, which is my bedtime. I need seven to eight hours of sleep per night to function).

If you're struggling to put together a schedule that works for you, then consider following these tips.

  • Create a system to get your work done. Figure out how much time it takes to write a blog post, design social media graphics, and write your email sequence, and schedule each one like you would schedule a doctor's appointment.

  • Figure out how you're spending your time. Keep a log. Do you go on Facebook or Instagram and scroll for an hour without getting anything done? Take note of it.

  • Create a weekly plan and follow it. Planning a month in advance is really overwhelming for me, so I plan my schedule in small chunks.

  • Don't overload yourself with tasks you can't get done. I worked with a client who set these unrealistic goals and she ended up disappointed every time she wasn't able to achieve them. I always told her to take one task at a time, do it well, and move onto the next - but she never listened.

  • Delegate small administrative tasks that take up your time but don't produce revenue (if you have the resources).

  • Try batching your blog posts and social media content. I know that it takes me an hour and half to write, edit, and publish a blog post, so if I have extra time in my morning, I will write as many blog posts as I can.

As the owner of a few different companies, I know it's tough to get everything done. It's taken me four years to perfect my work routine.