If you feel like you are a part of a constant race in your life, you are not lying to yourself. Everyday you are racing for something in your life, whether is success, money, partner, better salary etc. In order to win in this wonderful race of life you have to run it and give it your best but also to face rivalry and to stand out in your own way, as Frank Sinatra would say ” I did it my way”. It is also to know that there are universal qualities that will do you good and help you in whatever you strive in your life. Don’t be afraid, they can be accomplished and learned, no one is born with knowledge, people are “Tabula rasa” or a blank slate when they are born, that slate that is yet to be fulfilled with experience and knowledge as you go through the journey of life.

1. Adaptability

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A famous Chinese saying says ” A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it”. Is there more to be said? Everyday we face challenges and if we don’t adapt, we fail.

2. Ability To Learn

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This may or may not be the greatest ability of all. Have an open mind and learn from what you see, what you feel. Learn from your mistakes too, think about what you did wrong and make a conclusion out of it. Don’t be one of those people who think they understand reality better than anyone else. A famous philosopher once said ” I know that i know nothing”.

3. Being Humble

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Being selfless, helping others in need those are some of the things that make the art or living. No one wants to hear other people constantly bragging about their success, it looks like they are looking for recognition from other people.

4. Ambition

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Salvador Dali, the famous painter once said ” Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings”. It is not enough just to be smart but to know how to use your potential. Be ambitious and always seek to overcome challenges in your life path.

5. Seeking Help

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Don’t think you can accomplish everything on your own. People are not wolves, we need each other in order to prosper. Teamwork can do wonders, don’t be greedy and sometimes accept that the best thing you could do is ask for help.

6. Being Patient

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“He that can have patience will have what he will” – Benjamin Franklin. The journey to success is long, every attempt to make a shortcut will only bring you back to the starting line. There are no shortcuts and easy ways to success, be patient.

7. Being Yourself

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said ” No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Don’t let people measure your success with their criteria. You have your own view at life, your own goals and your own values.

8. Being Optimistic

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Negativity leads to no where. Stay positive because success is not eternal neither your place on this plane. There are times when is difficult to move forward while facing the sun, but then again if it was once all good, it will be again. It is yours to how you look at life, is your glass half empty of half full?

9. Taking Risks

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Change is a crucial part of life, and taking risks is in translation making a change. Getting out of your comfort zone can be painful and often times it will seem like it’s unnecessary, but one step forward is better then staying where you are.

10. Having Good Manners

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Manners might seem old-fashioned but they are actually the currency to respect. When a person feels respected, no matter who that person might be, your boss, your woman, your man they will remember the well-mannered person forever. Say thank you, shake hands and most importantly smile.