become a huge success, you might decide to blaze your
own trail. But hacking through the jungle of life can
leave you bruised and battered by the time you finally
reach your destination.
in the footsteps of those who succeeded before you makes
for an easier journey all around. The world’s most
successful people — with some of the largest net-worth
totals, as calculated by Forbes — credit some key
traits for getting them to where they are today. Absorb
their lessons, and maybe you’ll become a billionaire.
former queen of daytime television doesn’t let her
$2.9 billion net worth go to her head. Despite her
abundant success, Winfrey remains grateful. In fact,
Winfrey has kept a gratitude journal for many years.
know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for
you in life changes your personal vibration," she
wrote in the November 2012 issue of O, The Oprah
Magazine. "You radiate and generate more goodness
for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not
focusing on your have-nots."
Buffett — the second-richest man in America behind
Bill Gates — built his $73.6 billion net worth by
simply taking his time. Not a fan of trendy stocks or
knee-jerk reactions to market fluctuations, Buffett has
a "set it and forget it" investing philosophy
that requires patience and a determination to avoid
falling for investing myths.
the "Dan Patrick Show," Buffett said trying to
get rich quick is one of the biggest money mistakes
people can make. "It’s pretty easy to get
well-to-do slowly," he said. "But it’s not
easy to get rich quick."
richest man in the world is among the most charitable
— and humble. Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have
devoted their money and time to improving the lives of
the world’s poorest people. But despite his generous
donations, Gates recognizes that others are making
contributions that he says are more meaningful.
not giving up food, or vacation, or a trip to the
movies" to give charitably, Gates said in a video
interview for Reddit. "I essentially sacrifice
nothing that I want, and there are people who are out in
the field and they’re giving more … they’re the
Ellison, the billionaire founder of Oracle Corp., says
his inquisitive nature is responsible for his success.
most important aspect of my personality, as far as
determining my success goes, has been my questioning
conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning
authority," Ellison once said. "While that can
be very painful in your relationships with your parents
and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life."
founder Jeff Bezos once said his willingness to fail
makes him a successful innovator, which is a brave
admission from the founder of one of the world’s most
forward-thinking companies. If you want to succeed, you
must be willing to fail.
a willingness to fail, you cannot innovate because most
innovations won’t work," said Bezos, according to
GeekWire. He also added, "But for the big
innovation, you have to be willing to fail. Every
startup company faces that."