Inspiration: The Success Indicator Graphic

Image of Indicators of Success Poster. Click to see full view.MaryEllen Tribby, Founder and CEO of, and former Publisher and CEO of Early To Rise, put together a list of qualities which she considers indicators of success.

Shortly thereafter, it was gathered up into an inspirational poster/graphic we thought would be perfect for Tuesday Tactics readers. You can click-through and see the entire poster here:

According to Tribby, here are the salient differences between successful and unsuccessful people:

Successful People

  • Have a sense of gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Accept responsibility for their failures
  • Compliment
  • Read everyday
  • Keep a journal
  • Talk about ideas
  • Want others to succeed
  • Share information and data
  • Keep a “to-be” list
  • Exude joy
  • Keep a “to-do/project” list
  • Set goals and develop life plans
  • Embrace change
  • Give other people credit for their victories
  • Operate from a transformational perspective


Unsuccessful People

  • Have a sense of entitlement
  • Hold a grudge
  • Blame others for their failures
  • Criticize
  • Watch TV everyday
  • Say they keep a journal but really don’t
  • Talk about people
  • Secretly hope others fail
  • Horde information and data
  • Don’t know what they want to be
  • Exude anger
  • Fly by their seat of their pants
  • Never set goals
  • Think they know it all
  • Fear change
  • Take all the credit of their victories
  • Operate from a transactional perspective

What do you think? Any behaviors or habits you should add to your plate?

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