culture How to Be Successful in America Today  

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Success — it's an idea that many Americans obsess over. Regardless of how old you are, where you live, or what your career goals are, being happy and successful are two of the most important life goals for many people. But what is success and how do you attain it? If you look closely, there are actually a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful people. Some of these are completely out of your control — such as luck or the city you are born in — but other keys to success can be attained by developing skills and traits that some of the most successful people in the world have. 

So what are the skills that Americans need to be successful today? This is a list of traits that are key
 to social, political, and financial success. Vote up the ones that you think are essential and vote down those that you think are relatively ineffective. If you have insight into how to become successful, add your ideas to this list and rerank it! 
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Confidence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Confidence

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Connections is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Connections

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Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Knowledge

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Drive

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Willingness to Take Risks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Willingness to Take Risks

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+ - 182 40
Strong Work Ethic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Strong Work Ethic

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+ - 167 38
Charisma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Charisma

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Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Perseverance

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+ - 172 43
Networking Skills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Networking Skills

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+ - 151 38
Money Management Skills is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Money Management Skills

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+ - 142 35
Ability to Plan Ahead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Ability to Plan Ahead

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+ - 148 48
Luck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Luck

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+ - 132 42
Guts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Guts

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Raw Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Intelligence

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Passion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Passion

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Experience is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Experience

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Wisdom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Wisdom

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Good Health is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Good Health

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Kindness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Kindness

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Physical Attractiveness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Physical Attractiveness

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+ - 101 48
Raw Talent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Talent

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+ - 103 51
Sense of Purpose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Sense of Purpose

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+ - 105 57
College Education is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
College Education

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+ - 69 39
Compromise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Compromise

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+ - 71 49
Learn Science and Math is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Learn Science and Math

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Obedience is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Obedience

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Rich Parents is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Rich Parents

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Show Some Balls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Show Some Balls

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Give Good Head is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Give Good Head

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Ruthlessness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Ruthlessness

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Sportiness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Sportiness

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Growing Up in the Right City/T... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Growing Up in the Right City/Town

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Having a Spouse and Family is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Having a Spouse and Family

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Having a Significant Other is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Having a Significant Other

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+ - 55 86
Elite College Education is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Elite College Education

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+ - 18 41
Mendacity is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Mendacity

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+ - 41 78
Single Mindedness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Single Mindedness

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+ - 18 48
Join Military is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Join Military