Career and Life Success: Five Important Elements

Welcome to the second edition of Success Common Sense.  This blog is devoted to bringing you common sense ideas on becoming a career and life success.

I have developed a model of career and life success.  You can find this model in the box in the top right of this page.  It has five points:

  1. Self Confidence
  2. Personal Impact
  3. Outstanding Performance
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Interpersonal Competence

In order to keep my information flow balanced, I have decided to devote one day a week to each of these five points.

  • Monday – Self Confidence
  • Tuesday – Personal Impact
  • Wednesday – Outstanding Performance
  • Thursday – Communication Skills
  • Friday – Interpersonal Competence

The Star Power model is simple.  Here is a quick overview of each of the five points in the model and the three things most important to each of them.

Self confident people have at least three things in common:

  1. Self confident people are optimistic.
  2. Self confident people face their fears and deal with them.
  3. Self confident people surround themselves with positive people.

People with powerful personal impact have at least three things in common:

  1. People with powerful personal impact develop and constantly promote their personal brand.
  2. People with powerful personal impact are impeccable in their presentation of self.
  3. People with powerful personal impact know and practice the basic rules of etiquette.

Outstanding performers have at least three things in common:

  1. Outstanding performers set and achieve goals.
  2. Outstanding performers are organized.
  3. Outstanding performers are detail oriented and execute well.

People with good communication skills have at least three things in common:

  1. Good communicators are excellent conversationalists.
  2. Good communicators write in a clear, concise easily readable manner.
  3. Good communicators are excellent presenters – to groups of two or 100.

Interpersonally competent people have at least three things in common:

  1. Interpersonally competent people are self aware.  They understand themselves, and as a result they understand others.
  2. Interpersonally competent people build solid, long lasting mutually beneficial relationships with the people in their lives.
  3. Interpersonally competent people are able to resolve conflicts with a minimal amount of problems and upset to relationships.

My aim in writing this blog is to provide useful information for anyone interested in truly becoming a career and life success.  Also, I hope to build a community of like minded people.  I’m hoping that I will get a lot of comments on my posts.  I promise to respond to every comment.

I’m excited about this blog.  It is a spinoff.  I have been writing another blog for the past 19 months.  Originally, the Common Sense Guy blog was devoted to three topics: career and life success, leadership and running a business.  I’ve found that these three topics were too wide of a focus.  Therefore, I have decided to focus Success Common Sense on careers, and Common Sense Guy on leadership and running a small business.  In this way, I hope to bring more focus to these important topics.  I’m looking forward to posting here and to reading your comments.

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That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website for more common sense.  Check out my other blog: for common sense advice on leading people and running a small business.

I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


PS: Speaking of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – my fundraising page is still open.  Please go to to read Alex’s inspiring story and to donate if you can.

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  1. thank you very much…
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  2. Hau Yeen:
    I’m glad that you found this post helpful.
    All the best,

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