The Most Important Trait of Successful People

Patrick Allan
May 12, 2014

Being conscientious can help you maintain a strong moral compass, but psychologists also believe it may be the number one trait found in the most successful people, according to Inc.

Studies have linked conscientiousness with earning higher salaries, higher job satisfaction, and psychologists classify it as one of the “Big 5” personality traits you should have:

[Conscientious people are] better at goals: setting them, working toward them, and persisting amid setbacks. If a super ambitious goal can’t be realized, they’ll switch to a more attainable one rather than getting discouraged and giving up. As a result, they tend to achieve goals that are consistent with what employers want.

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