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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Confidence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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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
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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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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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Ability to Plan Ahead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Ability to Plan Ahead

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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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Networking Skills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Networking Skills

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

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

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

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

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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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Good Health is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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Experience is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Experience

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

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

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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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Sportiness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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19 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber

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Ruthlessness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Single Mindedness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be Successful in America Today
Single Mindedness

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