We all want a magic formula for something. Finding love, making money, losing weight, curing depression—if people want it, there’s a self-help book out there offering a magical formula for success. Rarely does the advice in any of these books bring the things they promise to their readers, and when it does happen, it’s arguable that it would have happened anyway, book or not.
People who succeed in life have a lot of characteristics in common. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a magic formula, it would do all of us well to incorporate some of these characteristics into our own lives. In no particular order, here’s my (largely) incomplete list: