How To Be Successful: 8 Traits of Successful People

In a most captivating and entertaining presentation on May 18, 2010, Richard St. John spoke to Schulich students and alumni about “8 Traits the World’s Most Successful People Have in Common”.

Richard has achieved broad recognition for his work including the impressive status of “Most Favourited – All Time” on (devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design).

Here is a short, 3 minute or so version of his presentation on

Of course he has a book and a website, see

In the meantime, trait #8 is to Persist through failure and other “CRAP” – you’ll have to view the video to see what he means.

Let me know what you think.



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One Response to How To Be Successful: 8 Traits of Successful People

  1. Lee Blezard says:

    In 1989 Stephen Covey said the 7 habits of highly effective people were Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think win/win, Seek first to understand then to be understood, Synergize and Sharpen the saw. It would be interesting to analyze how this aligns with Richard’s 8 traits.

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