Article by: MaryEllen | Monday, August 13, 2012

By MaryEllen Tribby

A few months ago I spoke at an event that Steve Wozniak also spoke at. As you can imagine, when it was time for Steve’s session, it was jammed packed. Packed with attendees, vendors and all the other speakers.

As I sat there and listened to Steve poignantly share the story of Apple and his relationship with Steve Jobs, I was enthralled. He started from their middle school years and went right up until the present, after Steve Job’s passing.

It seemed like he did not leave out a single detail. He did it all from his head. There was no power point presentation, there were not even note cards – he just told his story from his heart.

What struck me the most was NOT Steve Wozniak’s extreme brilliance or his exuberant passion.

No, what struck me the most was his overwhelming sense of gratitude. His gratitude for having the opportunity to make the world a better place. To help us all to be able to communicate with loved ones, to run our businesses better and to have an enhanced life.

That evening, I had the opportunity to sit with Steve at dinner. This was one of the smartest individuals I have ever met, and he was literally thanking all of us at the dinner table for allowing him to create some of the best technology in the world.

This experience prompted me to go back and examine a chart I created a year ago about the characteristic traits of successful people vs. those of unsuccessful people.

I had received so many “thank you” emails that I knew I had to send it again.

But this time, I have enhanced that chart and added traits that I believe to be some of the most important. So even if you read and printed out this chart a year ago – please do it again today. Nothing in life is stannic.

This chart was composed after meeting and working with some of the smartest, most successful entrepreneurs in the world many of whom are dear friends, including but not limited to:

*    Richard Branson
*    Michael Masterson
*    Clayton Makepeace
*    Bill Glazer
*    Steve Wozniak
*    Joe Polish
*    Bob Bly
*    Marie Forleo
*    Chris Ruddy
*    Martin Weiss
*    Nido Qubein
*    Rudy Guliani
*    Steve Forbes
*    Tony Robbins
*    Rich Schefren
*    Baeth Davis
*    Ali Brown
*    James Malinchak

Everyone of these people exhibit the success factor – they walk the walk. And, are folks I thought of when creating my chart.

The following is THAT chart I compiled of characteristics, traits and behaviors of successful people vs. unsuccessful people.

Drum roll please . . .

The Success Factor Indicator

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If you are ready kick up the success meter a bit, make a conscious effort to eliminate the traits on the right hand side of the chart above.

Hey, none of us are perfect. But, as long as we recognize and identify where we need to improve and continually strive to get there – greater success will follow.