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The Anatomy of Success – 5 Qualities That Should Define You

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

-Steve Jobs

What separates successful people from the rest of society?

Is it strictly intelligence?

Does upbringing play a huge role?

Is it education and “knowing somebody”?

My personal belief is that success is a pure function of how “hungry” you are.

It is a result of the things that cannot be measured, such as dedication, determination, and drive. Other factors indeed play a vital role, but without the three d’s above – you will never maximize your full potential.

 How bad you want to achieve greatness?

 How bad you want to change your life circumstances?

How desperate you are to create opportunities for yourself that you previously thought impossible?

We all have the same 24 hours in the day. The most successful people use this time the most efficiently – quickly navigating roadblocks and overcoming excuses.

Developing one’s identity has a lot to do with success in life and is one of the most important and challenging processes we face. If someone asked you right this moment, “What are your core values?” or “What defines your beliefs?” – What would you say?

It is your belief system that consciously and sub-consciously influences all the decisions you will make in your future. Your core values shape the way you view the world. Knowing exactly who you are a man, and what qualities you embody, is a very important key to success in life. Nothing is worse than a man with no direction in life.

Below I will outline 5 qualities that I believe every man must have to find success. All will help you maximize your full potential and be the best man you can be.


There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

-Nelson Mandela

You need to be passionate about your work, or anything else you approach in life. Passion is the divider between many men who succeed and fail. Being passionate gives you a purpose and generates your daily routines designed to mastery your profession. By doing what you actually enjoy – you are unleashing your best qualities.

So many people go through life in a career they hate and make excuses as to why they cannot change these circumstances. It is never too late to do what you want – but it will take a passionate belief that it can be accomplished. It will take discipline to trudge through the hard times on the journey, but a man with purpose will do so gladly and with enthusiasm – for he knows that it will be worth it once he achieves his goals.

Guys like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were extremely passionate about their craft well before they made any legitimate money. Steve Jobs was also a big believer in passion. He once said, “people with passion can change the world for the better.”

It takes a spark and pursuit of that spark to truly say that you are working your very best to pursue the things you love most. Use your talents wisely – maximize them – and reap the benefits of happiness and fulfillment.


I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.

-Michael Jordan

All wildly successful men are competitive to their core. A man who achieves greatness must be competitive to a point of absolute ruthlessness to rise above the rest. It must bother you to come in second place. It should eat you up when your co-worker gets an undeserving promotion ahead of you. These feelings should come naturally and you will find motivation that you didn’t know even existed to power you through the challenges you may face.

Competitiveness keeps complacency at bay. If you constantly have a fire burning inside of you, then you will find new, creative ways to get the job done. Society has made competition out to be a bad thing – as if the will to win and succeed means stepping on other people. I view competition as the opposite.

I compete with myself – I challenge myself to make each day better than the last. I do not want anybody to outdo me, although I know that it is inevitable. I know when my competitive edge kicks in and I welcome it. Don’t feel the need to hide your feelings; embrace them and know that you will be better for it in the long run.


Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

-Anthony J. D’Angelo

Knowledge might be the #1 most important quality. I am not talking about education either.

I am talking about the DESIRE to never stop learning and acquiring new knowledge. Learning is endless. We could live 1000 lives, and still not scratch the surface on acquiring knowledge. Whatever your interests may be – there are countless books and resources on the topic.

Read about current events.

Read non-fiction such as philosophy, motivational, history.

Get lost in fiction.

The possibilities are endless, the topics vast, and the benefits great. You should be reading daily.   There are no excuses.

After high school/college ends, most people never read another book. It is a travesty.

People seemingly give up on learning new things. It is something I can’t comprehend, as I was taught at a very young age to always seek out more. If I become interested in something but know very little about it – I become immersed in learning and soon become an expert. I have acquired an abundance of valuable knowledge that I can now share with those around me – whether at work with my co-workers, out with friends, or out on a date. Reading is not the only way to learn either – you can travel, learn a new hobby, or read your favorite online sites. The possibilities are endless.

No man who stopped learning ever met any kind of success that matter. Turn off the TVs and expand your knowledge today.


A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

-John C. Maxwell

In order to be successful in life – you must have the ability to persuade and lead men. I am a firm believer in this.

You need to be stern, but approachable.

You need to have the ability to communicate with those around you in a clear and precise way.

You need to be a natural leader of men, and this is a talent that is both genetic and acquired. Some people are followers from the time they are a child, and others rise up to become the leaders of the pack.

A leader is competent, and knows what he has to do to accomplish his goals. He knows how to rally the troops and get everyone on board when all hands are needed for a big project. You can be a strong leader and not successful; but you certainly will not reach the pinnacle of success without being a leader. Intelligence and want can get you very far. Leadership gets you to the top.


Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?

-Joyce Meyer

A successful man is an organized man. From his personal space, to his mind – this man approaches life in a structured, well-defined way.

Can you live life on a whim and have no organization and be successful?


But the man that has all his affairs in order all the time is more likely to be ready for any challenge he may face. Having a routine helps you become more productive. Detailed goal setting anda daily task list keeps you focused on what needs to get done in the present, with an eye towards the future. This helps to add value to your life.

Ever wake up and feel like the past year has flown by and nothing has changed? It is a common feeling – one brought on by a lack of order and structure – “Going through the motions” – with no purpose or reason.

Being organized takes practice and patience if it doesn’t come naturally to you. The end results are well worth it though. You will be surprised with how much can be accomplished if you follow a detailed schedule. Our minds are made to wander and become unfocused. Having a detail schedule keeps us on track, and accomplishing things we didn’t think possible.


Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. I have made the above character traits the core of my existent. When someone asks you what defines you – know what you stand for and the characteristics and strengthens that make you a man. Having an unwavering, solid fountain in life is the first step to being consistant and achieving your goals.


  • Be passionate about your work and purpose
  • Embrace your competitive spirit and unleash it on the world with no guilt
  • Acquire knowledge from a variety of sources
  • Be a leader in every situation that warrants one
  • Get your personal affairs in order and stick to a detailed, daily schedule.


Comment Below – Wish you the best!!



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