I come across many people while networking but the people who stand out and apart from the rest seem to share similar qualities. These qualities include staying focused on your goals, being determined despite setbacks and challenges and keeping a positive attitude. Another big quality that I find important is the idea of helping other people. This creates a win-win situation for all parties involved.
I met a lady recently who has aspirations to become partner of the financial services firm she works for. She expressed the challenges she faces every day in overcoming rejection, being patient and not taking things personally. She remains calm in every situation and is confident in her ability to achieve her goal. She knows who she is and what she has to offer her network and clients.
I read an article recently about a man who many would consider a "regular guy" who achieved corporate success through hard work, making wise decisions and seeking the help of mentors.
His rules to live by include: (1) don't be small minded and petty; (2) don't compare yourself to others; (3) don't pay attention to what other people make or what they're doing or not doing; (4) stick your neck on the highest profile projects; (5) tell your bosses and customers that you're going to the ends of the earth to make them successful; (6) then work your tail off and come hell or high water, make it happen.
People like this are what makes a company successful, helps them achieve their goals and serve as great leaders and mentors. I aspire every day to be an inspiration to others and to help them achieve their goals.