Culture of Success Qualities

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Culture of Success Qualities


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


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Qualities of Culture of Success vs. Cultures of Failure

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

  • 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 them with enough strength, integrity, or dedication.
  • 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.

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

  • They have self-discipline.
  • They can commit to a goal.
  • They focus on skill development.
  • They focus on education and self-improvement.
  • They have a strong work ethic.
  • Their word is their bond.
  • If they say that they are going to do something, then you can count on it being done.

2. 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

  • They are committed to quality, excellence, faultlessness, and perfection.
  • They recognize the value of competition to improve results.
  • They measure and track progress.
  • They create and recreate until they have something worthy.
  • They pay attention to details.
  • They demand the best of themselves and others.
  • They value challenge, struggle, and achievement.
  • They value testing, examining, and proving.
  • They value experimentation and exploration.
  • They value increasing and sharing information.
  • They value collecting and safeguarding information.
  • They value precision, rigor, exactitude, exactness, carefulness, meticulousness, attention to detail.
  • They value organization, framework, and methodology.
  • They value cleanliness, sanitation, neatness, and tidiness.
  • They believe in doing more than necessary.
  • 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.
  • They want to outperform, to go the extra mile, to impress, to beat expectations.
  • they want to always improve their skills.
  • No matter how high the talent, they practice more than others.
  • They believe in being the first at work and the last to leave work.

3. Persistence & Determination

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

  • They persist to reach their goals.
  • They spend the time it takes to practice skills.
  • They refuse to give up when near the finish line.
  • They are self-motivated.
  • They compete against themselves.
  • They are self-driven.
  • They don’t accept excuses but look for solutions.
  • They believe they can achieve.
  • They fail and start over.
  • They consider failure a path to success.

4. Positive Attitudes Around Success

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

  • They believe in success.
  • They help others to succeed.
  • They encourage others to succeed.
  • They don’t blame society for their lack of success.
  • They seek mentors and provide mentorship.
  • They prize innovation and believe in solutions to problems.
  • They take responsibility for their failures.
  • They don’t blame their parents, race, or a lack of opportunity for their failures.
  • They make their own opportunities.
  • They make new paths to success.
  • They will sacrifice for success.
  • They do not beg.
  • They refuse support but want to accomplish on their own.
  • They continue to fail until they succeed.
  • They value success.
  • They don’t hate the successful but honor them.
  • They are not jealous or envious of the successful but are inspired by them.

5. Problem-Solving & Coping Skills

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

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

6. Various Work Ethics

“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

  • They put in the necessary time to get a job done.
  • They spend the time it takes to practice skills.
  • They work even when not feeling well or at their best.
  • They believe work and life go together.
  • They do what they have to do in order to show up for work.
  • They do not make excuses for missing work but make better plans for the future.
  • They do not make excuses for being late to work but make better plans for the future.
  • They do the work they love or love the work they do.

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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. Blame the system, disadvantages, racism, inequality, or something but yourself.
  12. Never take personal responsibility for your life.

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. Put more people on the job than necessary.
  8. Consider striving to be self-abuse and punishment.
  9. Only clean what is obvious or can be seen.
  10. Forget cleaning corners, cracks, and hidden areas.
  11. Forget deep cleaning, and let grime accumulate and build up.
  12. Consider yourself too good for manual labor but get stuck with it anyway.

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