59 responses

  1. farouk
    April 22, 2012

    wow, that was very informative
    all the points are great and can help a person succeed in his life
    great article

    • Robert Chen
      April 22, 2012

      Hi Farouk,

      I am glad you liked the post. To be successful, all we have to do is think and act like successful people. It’s almost too simple to be true.

  2. Farah
    July 10, 2012

    These are GREAT! You can pick and choose how you want to be extraordinary every day! do all, some or just one!!

    • Robert Chen
      July 10, 2012

      Hi Farah,

      Thank you for your comment and you’re right. You can pick and choose anyone of these and focus on one to become extraordinary.

    October 1, 2012

    gr8..gr8 work…now i got d BEST MOTIVATOR .u r so simple n superb .Now i m sure i will realize my dream….so many thanks to u…U r helping lots of ppl.MAY GOD BLESS U ALL D SUCCESS…

    • Robert Chen
      October 1, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words Warrior. I wish you all the best in your journeys ahead.

  4. Student
    October 12, 2012

    I am a mother, in my late twenties, with four children. One of my child went through liver transplantation. So I have to put an extra eye on her. I could not continue my education after high school. Now I want to find a road to higher education and build up my career. I am a citizen of a third world country where there is no scope for mature students. I don’t have enough money to get degrees from countries like USA, UK or Canada where there are numerous options for mature students. Pls advice me on few things:

    What steps should I take at this moment?

    I am interested in Science and Medicine. Is it possible to build up career in these fields? If I focus on business, which subjects should be on the top of my priority list? Please suggest any other subject which you think might be good for me at this stage.

    Is it possible if to get financial support for my education and my child’s treatment from organizations like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? Can they arrange for my education in the US?

    I have been told to try for Canadian immigration, but now it has become very hard to get one.

    If the Almighty wants, it will be very helpful if you suggest me about how I can accomplish my goals.

    Thank you.

    • Robert Chen
      October 12, 2012

      Hi Student,

      The first thing I suggest is to clarify what you want. What is the reason for getting higher education? Why do you want a degree?

      I know there are many websites out there that offer free high quality courses:

      As for your child’s treatment, I really don’t know much about getting financial support but I’m sure if you contact different foundations they will be able to guide you.

      I hope this helps and good luck to you.

      • buithisang
        May 9, 2013

        hi Robert Chen,
        I am a student, you can help me some idea by this Essay.

        some think that the qualities of truly successful people cannot be learnt at university of any academic institutions,
        to what extent do you agree/ disagree with this idea?

        thank you so much

      • Robert Chen
        May 9, 2013

        Hi Student,

        Most universities don’t teach the skills needed for success. It can be taught but like all skills, it needs to be practiced. Also, many academic institutions stop at theory. That is why most people feel that you can’t learn success qualities in universities.

  5. Gerri Ratigan
    October 24, 2012

    This is pretty good, but I do not agree that a group that makes $65,000 an hour would ridicule a person making less. Good leaders are willing to help others. Small minds are the ones who try to hold others down.

    • Robert Chen
      October 24, 2012

      Hi Gerri,

      You’re absolutely right that good leaders (and great people in general) are the ones who lift people up and serve others along with the other qualities on this list. At the same time, it is also possible for small-minded people to make $65,000/hour although highly unlikely. Perhaps ridicule may not be the best of words to use. Thank you for bringing it to my attention and for your comment.

  6. saatvika
    December 18, 2012

    it’s really interesting and makes everyone to think of it to achieve success in their life…

    • Robert Chen
      December 18, 2012

      Thank you Saatvika. I’m glad you enjoyed this article.

  7. jo
    March 9, 2013

    Hello my friend.

    I would just like to thank you for the time it must have taken to compile your list,

    I’m sure everyone is strongly looking forward to your future posts.

    Keep up the out standing work.

    • Robert Chen
      March 9, 2013

      Thank you for your kind words Jo. I’m glad you found this list helpful.

  8. Rashid
    May 4, 2013

    Very fascinating guiding list, thanks a lot

    • Robert Chen
      May 4, 2013

      Thanks Rashid. I’m glad you enjoyed this list.

  9. Shairyar Awan
    May 14, 2013

    Sir really this is a best and most informative topic especially for Pakistani students . Thanks stay blessed :)

    • Robert Chen
      May 14, 2013

      I’m glad you found this helpful Shairyar. Feel free to share it with anyone who might find it useful.

  10. Vibhuti
    June 19, 2013

    it was great to read this article….thank u for making me understand myself and my goals a little more…

    • Robert Chen
      June 19, 2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Vibhuti – best of luck to you.

  11. Dinesh
    September 7, 2013

    these all points are really helpful for all those who wana get some ideas about success

    • Robert Chen
      September 8, 2013

      Thank you for your kind words Dinesh.

  12. acalendravidhatru
    December 12, 2013

    Holy shit. This is awesome. You know what I love most about this? I can totally do this. Heck, I AM doing this. Really. You are describing me. Sure I have two little kids and I work part-time, but when my baby wakes in the middle of the night, I’m reading good books or brilliant blogs. When I’m walking to the playground, I’m thinking about writing and jotting ideas on my phone. Not trying to brag of anything. :) But if I can do all this stuff, then definitely anybody can. Love this. http://indresult.com

  13. Tazneen Sultana
    December 22, 2013

    Excellent! Your list is really helpful and praiseworthy.

    • Robert Chen
      December 22, 2013

      Thanks Tazneen!

  14. Mou
    January 3, 2014

    I have a big dream. But I become afraid when I think about my present situation and my society.I am a 20 years old Bangladeshi girl. My dream can have a clash with my social status .I want not only to fulfill my dream but also to have a happy life with the people whom I love.Can you tell me how can I overcome this fear and have a balanced life without sacrificing my personal happiness?

    • Robert Chen
      January 4, 2014


      It is easy to think of life as “either-or” that always forces you to choose. I encourage you to think about your dream and what is it about the dream that you really want. Sometimes you can have a different manifestation of your desire that doesn’t force you to sacrifice. There are many paths – choose the one that allows you to have both.

  15. Simon Alexander Ong
    January 28, 2014

    A great list there Robert!

    • Robert Chen
      January 31, 2014

      Thanks Simon.

  16. genesisb11
    July 5, 2014

    This article motivated me to do more! I’m going to share it with my students

    • Robert Chen
      July 13, 2014

      Thanks Genesis – I’m glad you found this motivating.

  17. pooja
    July 7, 2014

    great chen bro !!!!!

    • Robert Chen
      July 13, 2014

      Thanks Pooja

  18. Kien Ngo
    July 15, 2014

    Thanks Robert Chen for listing 30 qualities of highly successful people. I really appreciate your contribution. I also summarize these qualities easy to remember. I use the letters in sentence “THE WAY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL PERSON” to list these qualities.
    1. Definite Aim, Vision and Purpose. (Target is so clearly)
    3. Focused (Highlight the important thing in your life)
    2. Expertise and Excellence (Expertise in your field)

    18. Well Rounded and Balanced (Well Rounded and Balance)
    11. Action Oriented (Action is more important than talking)
    12. Confident (You-can-do attitude)

    6. Masters of Time (Timed management expert)
    4. Positive Attitude and Perseverance (Option a positive attitude)

    8. Brave (Brave is necessary to get reward)
    7. Strong Communicators (Express well to other people)
    23. Good Character (Character’s heroes is worth learning)
    9. Givers (Open door for people)
    14. Trusts Intuition (Mediate to touch intuition)
    20. Enthusiastic (Enthusiastic is a sign of extraordinary)

    10. High Self-Esteem (Self-Esteem ensures a good mind)
    15. Curious and Embraces Possibility (Uninterrupted curious)
    24. Great Company (Company will reflect yourself)
    28. Choice (Choice is your right)
    30. Energy Conscious (Energy management is very important)
    16. Self Acceptance (Self Acceptance)
    26. Self Control (Self-control won’t lead to panics)
    5. Flexible (Flexible to adapt changing situation)
    17. Big Dream (Unlimited dream will make you different)
    25. Listener (Listen well and ask question)

    13. Readers (Plough knowledge field)
    21. Admits Mistakes (Escapes mistakes without blaming)
    27. Prepared (Ready for doing)
    29. Self Reliant (Self Reliant)
    22. Mindset of Abundance (Open-minded empower other)
    19. Excellent Network (Network connection)

    • Robert Chen
      July 19, 2014


      Thank you for coming up with this great acronym for the 30 qualities and for sharing it with everyone. I’m glad you found this article helpful and I know others will find your comment helpful as well.

  19. Anne from Credits Point
    August 1, 2014

    Great list. I will add from my executive coaching experience with high flying leaders: INITIATIVE – their primary mode of function is to initiate and create action-they are creative and a source for movement. Also, RELATIONSHIPS ACUMEN – they are experts at understanding, connecting, and moving people through a change and growth process. They have relational resonance.

    • Robert Chen
      August 3, 2014

      Thanks Anne for adding these two important attributes. Taking action is key to bringing ideas into reality and “relational resonance” brings together the people who will help you execute your plan.

  20. Yên
    August 24, 2014

    A great list ! Thanks, Robert :)

    • Robert Chen
      August 27, 2014

      Thank Yen – which quality resonated with you?

  21. jtichichincJonathan
    September 23, 2014

    Great… Really inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing..

    • Robert Chen
      September 23, 2014

      Thanks Jonathan – I’m glad you found this list helpful.

  22. Nour Hussein
    October 8, 2014

    Thank you Robert for this informative post,, I like every single point you mentioned, and I found myself on every line.. thank you again!!

    • Robert Chen
      October 8, 2014

      Thank you Nour – I’m glad you found this article helpful.

  23. LJK
    October 19, 2014

    Mr Chen this is simply a Fantastic list. As a young man(22) I’ve been identifying qualities i want to add to my own to grow into a Great Man, a Real Man. As I’ve grown I’ve seen were forced to be around different people with different beliefs everyday (e.g work, school), and the quality of those people really affects your way of thought. Over time you begin to question your own beliefs. E.g, The most outspoken Girl at work constantly goes on about how important a guy with money is (over personality and looks), Now 2 years ago i would’ve felt real bad for not being rich and believed I’d never get a girl but thankfully I’ve dated much Prettier, intelligent, successful women than her ,i know first hand a quality relationship has much more to it than Bank account figures (Personality really matters guys).
    My point being if you as a human being, do not have a set of qualities that you stand by, you’ll be strayed away from what you believe in and most importantly who you “truly” want to be. My goal is to be an independent , individual with qualities and beliefs I’ve assessed for myself to be what i want. Some people may not necessarily like them but as long as I’m happy and confident with who i am then I’ve succeeded. Not only is this a great list but you’ve put qualities that are so important eg ,Giving, helping, triumph, bravery.. keep up the good work sir,

    • Robert Chen
      October 19, 2014

      Thanks LJK – you’re on point with this comment. It’s important to have a set of qualities and beliefs that you stand by or else you do become easily swayed by the beliefs of those around you. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Jayden V
    October 21, 2014

    Hi robert, im 17 and love your posts. They really inspire me to become as successful as i can be. I’m in the process of changing my life around and hope to become successful in “all aspects of my life” Thanks for the post, I hope to see more in the future.

    • Robert Chen
      October 23, 2014

      Thanks Jayden – I’m glad you find the posts helpful and it’s great that you’re starting at such a young age to live the life you want.

  25. vipul mishra
    October 30, 2014

    thankyou sir for these nice thoughts….
    but sir i easily loose my self controll plz give suggestion for this problem

    • Robert Chen
      November 1, 2014

      Thanks for reading Vipul. When you say losing self-control, what specifically are you referring to?

  26. Chetana Prakash
    February 3, 2015

    Sir it’s awesome ,it not only helped me in my debate but also gave me the key to success
    Thank you so much

    • Robert Chen
      February 4, 2015

      Chetana – glad you found it helpful

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