4 Must Have Character Traits to be Successful

Will people buy from you if you are not a good person?
Yes.

Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not?
Yes it does.

Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life.

• Ambition
• Self-Motivation
• Perseverance
• Passion
• Flexibility
and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind.

Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being?

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How We Can Build Better Cities

Over the coming years, cities are set be born, and grow, at a rapid rate. But how do we make sure that they grow in a sustainable way?

This Minute Earth video is a wonderful whistle-stop tour of the problems that cities face—and create—and how we can go about designing and planning builds to mitigate them. It’s well worth taking a watch.

Are You “Addicted” to Something?

The definition of  “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of course, people throw around the word “addicted” a lot, as in, “I’m addicted to Game of Thrones.”

Addiction, whatever it might be, is a subject that’s related to my current fascination: habits. As I explain in the introduction of Better Than Before, my discussion of habit formation doesn’t cover addictions, compulsions, nervous habits, or habits of mind. Nevertheless, I did a lot of reading and thinking about addiction, because it’s a useful area to consider.

The nature of addiction is highly controversial, but I found it interesting to read, in Kenneth Paul Rosenberg and Laura Curtiss Feder’s Behavioral Addictions, this list of factors put forth by Mark Griffiths. Apart from the question of “what’s a true addiction?” it’s a helpful way to think about whether a certain habit is making it harder to live a life that reflects our values and contributes to our long-term happiness.

According to this definition, a behavioral addiction is marked by:

Salience — this behavior has become the important activity in a person’s life

Mood modification — this behavior changes a person’s mood, by providing a rush of excitement or a sense of calm or numbness

Tolerance — more and more behavior is needed to get the mood boost

Withdrawal symptoms — a person feels lousy or irritable when unable to engage in the behavior

Conflict — the behavior causes conflicts with other people, interferes with other activities, or causes a person to feel a loss of control

Relapse — the behavior returns after being given up

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