Advice How to Be Successful in America Today  

Dani Porter
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List Rules Vote up if you think a characteristic is very important, don't vote if only somewhat important, downvote if relatively unimportant. And rerank!

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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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Connections is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Connections

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191 18
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
AnnaBroadbooks added Confidence

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235 35
Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Knowledge

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223 36
Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Drive

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164 21
Willingness to Take Risks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
DennisNJ added Willingness to Take Risks

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218 42
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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203 41
Charisma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Charisma

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188 37
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Perseverance

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196 53
Networking Skills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Networking Skills

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172 41
Ability to Plan Ahead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Ability to Plan Ahead

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180 46
Money Management Skills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Money Management Skills

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163 47
Guts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today

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163 48
Passion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Passion

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175 57
Luck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Luck

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160 50
Raw Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Intelligence

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151 46
Wisdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Wisdom

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122 31
Good Health is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
looksharp added Good Health

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139 45
Experience is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Experience

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135 53
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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91 26
Kindness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Malgore added Kindness

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121 55
Raw Talent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Raw Talent

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145 74
Physical Attractiveness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Physical Attractiveness

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130 65
College Education is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
College Education

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90 45
Compromise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
looksharp added Compromise

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93 56
Learn Science and Math is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
looksharp added Learn Science and Math

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75 62
Obedience is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
looksharp added Obedience

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78 97
Rich Parents is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
looksharp added Rich Parents

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46 60
Ruthlessness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Malgore added Ruthlessness

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45 62
Sportiness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Malgore added Sportiness

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70 98
Growing Up in the Right City/T... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Growing Up in the Right City/Town

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67 105
Having a Spouse and Family is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Having a Spouse and Family

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63 101
Having a Significant Other is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Having a Significant Other

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10 28
Show Some Balls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Show Some Balls

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10 31
Give Good Head is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Give Good Head

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61 108
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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50 93
Single Mindedness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Single Mindedness

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23 57
Mendacity is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Malgore added Mendacity

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22 73
Join Military is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
JamesRLock added Join Military