8 Qualities of Cultures of Success

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8 Qualities of Cultures of Success


“A country can be independent, have a good form of government, have natural resources, have good trade access and routes, and everything necessary for success; however, if the people do not have a culture of success, then that country will not be successful.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“It would not matter what kind of society and government a country had if people of virtue were running it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“No government can lead its people to success if the people do not have a culture of success.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Regarding nothing as too light/ To need his utmost skill,/ All Difficulties fade from sight,/ And he attains his will.” —Lao Tzu, Tao of Lao Tsze, page 63


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Qualities of Culture of Success vs. Cultures of Failure

“Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

“There is only one human race; however, there are many cultural differences between humans.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


This author is responsible for this list and presentation. However, the idea that culture is the most important condition and variable in success comes from the famous economist, Thomas Sowell.

 

“One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.” —Thomas Sowell


  • What does a culture of success have that cultures of failure do not have?
  • If cultures of failure have many of these items, then they do not have enough strength, integrity, or dedication for them.
  • If cultures of failure have some of these items, then they do not have enough to make a difference.
  • In the end, it is not race, ethnicity, religion, or history that provides for success or failure, but mainly culture.

Categories of Traits & Qualities of Success Cultures

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” —James 2:17


  • The categories are organized alphabetically.
  • The traits are not prioritized.
  • Many of the qualities listed under one category also fit well into other categories.
  • The categories provide some organization and direction, not rigid boundaries or rules.
  • Successful cultures will have these eight qualities but not perfectly.

1. Develop Character Traits by Practice

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.” —Seneca


  1. They have self-discipline.
  2. They can commit to a goal.
  3. They focus on skill development.
  4. They focus on education and self-improvement.
  5. They have a strong work ethic.
  6. Their word is their bond.
  7. If they say that they will do something, you can count on it being done.

2. Family Is the Basic Unit of Society & Is Protected

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an international document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly that enshrines the rights and freedoms of all human beings.” —UN Statement on Human Rights

Article 16: The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.


  1. The family is valued more than the State or any company or corporation: family first.
  2. The family is the focus of success.
  3. The family is the purpose of success.
  4. The family exists to raise successful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
  5. Children are encouraged to succeed for themselves and their families.
  6. Each generation is expected and prepared to surpass the last generation.
  7. Extended families (mainly relatives) help and encourage each other to succeed.
  8. Friendships connect families and provide for more significant opportunities for success.
  9. Alimony, child support, and loss of parental rights by fathers are not allowed to increase to the point of making marriage a fool’s game for men and a way for women to freeload on society (including welfare).
  10. Single parenting is discouraged and frowned upon. However, exceptions are allowed.
  11. Nontraditional families are discouraged and frowned upon. However, exceptions are allowed.
  12. Women want to be able to take care of their children, so seek a good provider (food, clothing, shelter) and defender (child safety).
    1. This desire for support means women look for signs of wealth and success such as a family history of wealth, job potential, strength (for farming, hunting, and protecting), height (women want men who are at least taller than they are), a work ethic, and anything that might help, such as education, good looks, good manners, and social ability.
    2. This drives men to success so that they might be attractive to women.
    3. This need to appear successful or wealthy drives men’s fashions so that men might appear attractive to women.
    4. Unfortunately, some aspects, like cars and clothes, get exaggerated and made too important to appear “successful,” which is often just another name for appearing to be a good provider.
    5. Women want men to be monogamous so that all the man’s resources go to supporting their children.
  13. Men want to have children, so seek a good wife and mother.
    1. This desire for children means men look for signs of fertility, youth, and health.
    2. Fertility signs are red lips (faked with lipstick), red cheeks (faked with rouge), a firm body (faked with wired bras, corsets, girdles, reinforced elastic clothing, cosmetic surgery, firm legs are faked with high-heel shoes), youthfulness (bright eyes are faked with eye makeup, wrinkles are removed with surgery, sagging skin is removed with surgery, keeping a little girl voice even as an adult, curly hair and ringlets that often fade with age can be faked at salons, smooth skin can be faked with cosmetics and surgeries, age can be lied about, photos can be doctored or switched, a hairless body can be faked by removing hair), thinness (assisted with surgeries such as liposuction), and other signs of youth such as blonde hair and light skin color, which can occur in youth and fade with aging.
    3. This need for a youthful or fertile appearance drives women’s fashions so that women might appear attractive to men.
    4. Unfortunately, some aspects, like skin color, get exaggerated and made too important for appearing “beautiful,” which is often just another name for appearing to be fertile.
    5. Men want women to monogamous so that all the man’s resources go to supporting their own children.

3. Perfection Is a Constant Goal

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi

“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.” —Epictetus

“Regarding nothing as too light/ To need his utmost skill,/ All Difficulties fade from sight,/ And he attains his will.” —Lao Tzu, Tao of Lao Tsze, page 63


  1. They are committed to quality, excellence, faultlessness, and perfection.
  2. They recognize the value of competition to improve results.
  3. They measure and track progress.
  4. They create and recreate until they have something worthy.
  5. They pay attention to details.
  6. They demand the best of themselves and others.
  7. They value challenge, struggle, and achievement.
  8. They value testing, examining, and proving.
  9. They value experimentation and exploration.
  10. They value increasing and sharing information.
  11. They value collecting and safeguarding information.
  12. They value precision, rigor, exactitude, carefulness, meticulousness, and attention to detail.
  13. They value organization, framework, and methodology.
  14. They value cleanliness, sanitation, neatness, and tidiness.
  15. They believe in doing more than necessary.
  16. They look for work; for example, when cleaning, they search for dirt; when caulking, they look for gaps; when repairing, they look for options to fix something; they always seek to do more than what was assigned.
  17. They want to outperform, go the extra mile, impress, and beat expectations.
  18. They want to improve their skills continually.
  19. No matter how high the talent, they practice more than others.
  20. They believe in being the first at work and the last to leave work.
  21. They are willing to do the tedious, boring, and seemingly unrewarding work it takes to get things done right.

4. Persistence & Determination for Ambitions

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” —Epictetus


  1. They persist in reaching their goals.
  2. They spend the time it takes to practice skills.
  3. They refuse to give up when near the finish line.
  4. They are self-motivated.
  5. They compete against themselves.
  6. They are self-driven.
  7. They don’t accept excuses but look for solutions.
  8. They believe they can achieve.
  9. They fail and start over.
  10. They consider failure a path to success.
  11. Each generation of a family is expected to rise higher than the previous generation.
  12. They are ambitious and want to only work with and be around other ambitious people.
  13. They seek to work for themselves and to be their own boss.
  14. They seek to collect and share knowledge on how things work (encyclopedias, textbooks).

5. Positive Attitudes Around Success

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” —Colossians 2:23


  1. They believe in success.
  2. They help others to succeed.
  3. They encourage others to succeed.
  4. They don’t blame society for their lack of success.
  5. They seek mentors and provide mentorship.
  6. They prize innovation and believe in solutions to problems.
  7. They take responsibility for their failures.
  8. They don’t blame their parents, race, or a lack of opportunity for their failures.
  9. They make their own opportunities.
  10. They make new paths to success.
  11. They will sacrifice for success.
  12. They do not beg.
  13. They refuse support but want to accomplish on their own.
  14. They continue to fail until they succeed.
  15. They value success.
  16. They don’t hate the successful but honor them.
  17. They are not jealous of the successful but are inspired by them.
  18. The success of others inspires and motivates them, not discourages them.

6. Problem-Solving & Coping Skills

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” —Peter Drucker


  1. They know how to cope with difficulties, obstacles, setbacks, hurdles, trials, and tribulations.
  2. They know how to find help, support, resources, advice, and counsel.
  3. They overcome procrastination.
  4. They learn to problem-solve and find ways around problems.
  5. They have an anti-victim mentality.
  6. They value the strength of character, honesty, and integrity.
  7. They seek help and advice when needed.
  8. They are self-reliant, but not to a fault.

7. Promotion by Merit, Not by Privilege

“Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; Charms strike the sight, but Merit wins the soul.” —Alexander Pope

“The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool.” —Jean De La


  1. People are hired and promoted because they do a good job.
  2. People are hired and promoted because they work harder than others.
  3. People are hired and promoted because they have proven themselves on the job.
  4. People are not hired or promoted because of class, ethnicity, or race.
  5. People are not hired or promoted because of gifts, favors, or relationships.
  6. People are not hired or promoted because they belong to the correct party or organization.

8. Various Work Ethics

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” —Colossians 2:23

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” —2 Thessalonians 3:10

“Regarding nothing as too light/ To need his utmost skill,/ All Difficulties fade from sight,/ And he attains his will.” —Lao Tzu, Tao of Lao Tsze, page 63


  1. They put in the necessary time to get a job done.
  2. They spend the time it takes to practice skills.
  3. They work even when not feeling well or at their best.
  4. They believe work and life go together.
  5. They do what they have to do in order to show up for work.
  6. They do not make excuses for missing work but make better plans for the future.
  7. They do not make excuses for being late to work but make better plans for the future.
  8. They do not relax until the house is clean. Cleanliness is a priority.
  9. They do the work they love or love the work they do.
  10. Their word is absolute, and they will move heaven and Earth to make their word come true.
  11. They clean corners and don’t let grime buildup when they clean.
  12. They leave every place better than how they found it.
  13. They honor all work and do not consider any work to be beneath them.

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Cultures of Failure Major Rules

  1. Do the opposite of what the cultures of success do.
  2. Have the opposite attitudes about success from cultures of success.
  3. Have the opposite attitudes about work from cultures of success.
  4. Have the opposite attitudes about perfection from cultures of success.
  5. Have the opposite attitudes about persistence from cultures of success.
  6. Have the opposite attitudes about problem-solving from cultures of success.
  7. Have the opposite attitudes about coping from cultures of success.
  8. Have the opposite attitudes about education from cultures of success.
  9. Have the opposite attitudes about skill development from cultures of success.
  10. Have the opposite attitudes about sacrifice from cultures of success.
  11. Ignore merit and hire and promote based on victimhood, social justice, party, and privilege.
  12. Blame the system, disadvantages, racism, inequality, or something but yourself.
  13. Never take personal responsibility for your life.
  14. Never expect or teach others to take responsibility for their life.
  15. Make relaxing and being entertained your ambition, not success in a field of work or career.

Cultures of Failure Minor Rules

  1. Avoid work when you can.
  2. Do the minimum.
  3. Do enough to get by.
  4. Do as little as possible.
  5. Waste time and goof off when possible.
  6. Take frequent breaks.
  7. Overeat and drink to make yourself less fit for work.
  8. Put more people on the job than necessary.
  9. Consider striving to be self-abuse and punishment.
  10. Only clean what is apparent or can be seen.
  11. Forget cleaning corners, cracks, and hidden areas.
  12. Forget deep cleaning, and let grime accumulate and build up.
  13. Never consider picking up trash that you do not have to pick up.
  14. Consider yourself too good for manual labor but get stuck with it anyway.
  15. Consider yourself too good to have to clean your own house and property.
  16. Consider having to do what it takes for excellence to be beneath you because of the drudgery it involves.
  17. Consider having your own company too much work because you still have to work past “quitting time.”

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