culture How to Be Successful in America Today  

Dani Porter
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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
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223 30
Connections is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Connections

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

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197 32
Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Knowledge

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Willingness to Take Risks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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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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172 38
Charisma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Charisma

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159 34
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Perseverance

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176 44
Networking Skills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Networking Skills

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155 39
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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147 36
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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152 49
Luck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Luck

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135 43
Guts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Guts

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135 45
Raw Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Intelligence

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134 45
Passion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Passion

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

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

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95 30
Good Health is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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109 51
Sense of Purpose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Sense of Purpose

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Kindness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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124 64
Physical Attractiveness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Physical Attractiveness

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102 48
Raw Talent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Talent

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109 58
College Education is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
College Education

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Compromise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Learn Science and Math is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Obedience is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Rich Parents is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Ruthlessness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Show Some Balls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Show Some Balls

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Sportiness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Give Good Head is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Give Good Head

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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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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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Mendacity is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Single Mindedness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Single Mindedness

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