How to Be Successful in America Today

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of How to Be Successful in America Today
Voting 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
    221 votes


  • Confidence
    167 votes


  • Knowledge
    197 votes


  • Willingness to Take Risks
    147 votes

    Willingness to Take Risks

  • Drive
    188 votes


  • Perseverance
    168 votes