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Do You Have What It Takes To Be Successful

Success means different things to different people: some consider success the attainment of wealth, respect or fame while others consider it the correct or desired result of an attempt. I think we can all agree that a good general definition of success is the ability to set and achieve your personal and professional goals, whatever they may be.

If we follow what society has identified as the key to success – cognitive intelligence (your IQ) – then why aren’t the smartest people in the world also the richest people? Think about your own high school experience. Do you remember who the valedictorian was of your graduation class? How about the student who got the highest SAT scores? If you do remember them, where are they now? Are they wealthy? Are they famous? Have they somehow changed the world and become known for it?

In recent years, we have begun to see and appreciate the link between emotional intelligence and success, whether that success comes at work, in personal relationships, in physical or spiritual well-being or social popularity.

All the traits of successful people are attached to emotional intelligence competencies that can be learned no matter your age. The first step is recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and then moving into action mode.

In a study done by Multi-Health Systems, 4,888 working people in various occupations were asked how successful they felt in their jobs and were given the EQ-i assessment which identifies a person’s strengths and weaknesses in 15 emotional intelligence competencies. Of those who considered themselves successful, Multi-Health Systems looked at the EQ-i results and identified the top 5 factors they possessed.

Those factors are:

1. Self – actualization: The willingness to persistently try to improve yourself and engage in the pursuit of personally relevant and meaningful objectives that lead to a rich and enjoyable life.
2. Happiness: The ability to feel personally satisfied with your life, to enjoy yourself and others and to have fun.
3. Optimism: An indicator of your positive attitude and outlook on life.
4. Self-Regard: Respecting yourself while understanding and accepting your strengths and weaknesses.
5. Assertiveness: Involves communicating feelings, beliefs and thoughts openly, and defending personal rights and values in a socially acceptable, non-offensive and non-destructive manner.

For more on Emotional Intelligence and to take the EQ-I 2.0 assessment, contact Gina at

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