8 Traits Of Successful People By Richard St John (8 To Be Great)

Sometime ago I watched a TED video by Richard St John and it was once of the best motivational talks on success. No doubt you will enjoy them too! The guy is funny and the way he talks makes sense. Over the years Richard has interviewed many successful people across many fields and have found 8 traits that make people great. In a nutshell, Richard says that you need these 8 stuff to be successful:

  1. You need to have passion with what you do
  2. You need to work hard at what you do
  3. You need to have a laser sharp focus
  4. You need to push yourself forward
  5. You need come up with good ideas
  6. You need to improve continuously
  7. You need to serve others something of value
  8. You need to persist

The introductory video on TED is very good. Informational, motivational and funny. I think the best way to experience the lessons is to have a look at yourself at the videos which I have embedded below. 


The introduction is good and will give you a brief summary of what are the 8 traits of successful people. It has chalked up almost 2 million views on YouTube and sure have helped many in their path to success.

The Power Of Passion

This video is on the first trait, the power of passion. Here Richard shows us how successful people put their passion first which ultimately produced great results in their life.

Why It Pays To Work Hard

In this video, Richard emphasizes that successful people work really hard to get where they are today. It really does pay to work hard.

The Importance Of Focus

Nothing beats the power of focus. Light that is focused can cut through many things. In this video Richard shares to us the importance of focus.

I could only find the introductory video and 3 traits on YouTube. Maybe Richard St John has spoken of the other traits but I couldn't find them. Anyway, the videos above are really good and motivational and has certainly help me a lot. No doubt they will also help you. Feel free to share your comments and observations below.

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