Thursday, April 3, 2014

C | 9 C’s of Successful People

Over the years, I have realized the following about success
There is no absolute definition for success
There is no universal definition of success
Success is relative
Success is personal
Success is subjective

And at the end of the day, it is just your unique definition of success and your deeds
And yet there are some common characteristics among all successful people…

1) Clarity – Successful people have clarity on most things that they consider important. Most importantly, they are clear on their definition of success, their priorities and how they need to work to achieve success

2) Creativity - Successful people are creative. In their thoughts, In their words, In their actions. And they bring an element of creativity in day-to-day things they do – And this differentiates them

3) Confidence – Successful people exude confidence. And that’s a very distinguishing trait. They are confident about themselves, their capabilities and most importantly their own self-worth

4) Connectivity – Successful people are well connected along two dimensions:
a.  Technology – They leverage technology to achieve efficiency in almost everything they do
b.  People – They invest in relationships. And are well connected to a great network of individuals with whom they build lasting associations

5)  Commitment – Successful people exhibit a level of commitment that earns them respect, admiration and demands a heightened level of commitment from those around them 

6)  Communication – Successful people are good in communication. They can articulate their point of view exceedingly well – Crisp, Clear and Concise. Be it in oral communication or written communication. And most importantly, they continuously improve their communication skills to beat their own standards

7)  Catalysts – Successful people realize that you need catalysts to succeed. And they are well aware of what kind of catalysts they personally require to bridge the chasm at different phases of life. So they keep their catalysts close to them – to help progress at many a difficult time

8)  Collaborators – Successful people are great collaborators. They realize very well that collaboration is the key to any achievement in life. And along the way they learn to collaborate effectively with all kinds of people towards a shared objective

9)  Continuously on the Go – Successful people are continuously on the go. In their thoughts, In their actions. They pause in between – to consolidate, to reflect, and to internalize. And then the journey continues…

What C's have you observed in successful people? Leave a comment to let me know

As I sign-off, I leave you with some powerful quotes on Success

Linking this post to UBC too. 


  1. I loved this one. Now, I can say that I am a successful person. Yes, I do. I so agree with Maya Angelou's quote :)

    1. Glad to hear that. Thanks for reading

  2. Wonderful post Nischala! Very aptly described what successful people do better than most of us!

  3. I've also observed calmness :) yet another C.

    1. I doubt if it is relevant to all.. Something to ponder about. Thanks for reading

  4. Love the posters!! Great choice!

  5. Camaraderie is one more C which I can think of. Good post Nischala.

  6. Beautifully articulated... There's just no one definition of success no? The connotation varies from one to another..

    Random Thoughts Naba

    1. Thanks for reading. Absolutely, no one definition

  7. Clarity and communication go hand in hand. TO ME THE KEY ASPECTS. if they lack it their success has a big loop hole
    Good one Nischala

  8. I love that Maya Angelou quote. Great post!