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How to Be Successful in America Today

Updated July 26, 2017 6.0k votes 578 voters 108.5k views36 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Connections1
    240
    24

    Connections

  • Confidence2
    188
    20

    Confidence

  • Knowledge3
    206
    32

    Knowledge

  • Willingness to Take Risks4
    163
    16

    Willingness to Take Risks

  • Drive5
    184
    33

    Drive

  • Strong Work Ethic6
    185
    35

    Strong Work Ethic

  • Charisma7
    175
    33

    Charisma

  • Perseverance8
    166
    31

    Perseverance

  • Money Management Skills9
    157
    39

    Money Management Skills

  • Ability to Plan Ahead10
    151
    37

    Ability to Plan Ahead

  • Networking Skills11
    162
    43

    Networking Skills

  • Good Health12
    126
    23

    Good Health

  • Passion13
    147
    37

    Passion

  • Guts14
    143
    39
  • Wisdom15
    136
    35

    Wisdom

  • Luck16
    152
    47

    Luck

  • Experience17
    130
    38

    Experience

  • Raw Intelligence18
    138
    44

    Raw Intelligence

  • Sense of Purpose19
    126
    40

    Sense of Purpose

  • Kindness20
    100
    27

    Kindness

  • Physical Attractiveness21
    121
    57

    Physical Attractiveness

  • College Education22
    112
    52

    College Education

  • Raw Talent23
    103
    45

    Raw Talent

  • Compromise24
    86
    40

    Compromise

  • Learn Science and Math25
    89
    45

    Learn Science and Math