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What is the number one essential characteristic to have a successful career?

Is it personality? Is it the career itself? #college-jobs

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Jason’s Answer

This might be my bias for people coming out, but my answer is the ability to build and maintain strong relationships. Very few of us will be successful all by themselves. For most of us, our success is a function of how we collaborate with others, and influence others, toward our goals. If you can't find an authentic and appreciative way to reach out to other people, you will have a hard and lonely time accomplishing anything.

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Dave’s Answer

Some people say you need passion, but I think the term passion is overused. I think you need to find something that gives you energy and purpose, something that males you want to jump out of bed in the morning. Something that makes you lose track of time while you're in the "flow' of what you're doing. Maybe what I'm describing is indeed, passion. But I think its a level of deep interest, energy, engagement and caring about what you do for a living. Great question! Best of luck for a prosperous future.

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Adrienne’s Answer

Hi Kiana, good question! I think the answer depends on you. I would agree with prior comments on finding a career that you are passionate about. This will make you feel more satisfied when you put in time/ hours. I would also say to not limit yourself to thinking of career success or progression in terms of "more money" or a "high position". Sometimes to be successful you have to move to lateral positions to grow your skill and experience in order to qualify for higher ranking positions - which is okay. When thinking about your career always be learning and taking on activities that you feel will benefit you long term - do not get "sucked" in to time wasting activities that are not of value to your long term career.
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