Attributes of Great Achievers

20 08 2012

Why do some people born with average ability achieve greatness while others with much more talent never reach the full God-given potential inside them? Author Cameron C. Taylor in 8 Attributes of Great Achievers studied hundreds of great achievers throughout history and found that these achievers were not born, they are developed. Each achiever worked to develop themselves in 8 attributes to becoming a great achiever. The attributes are:

Attribute 1: Responsible,

Attribute 2: Creator,

Attribute 3: Independent,

Attribute 4: Humble,

Attribute 5: Honest,

Attribute 6: Optimistic,

Attribute 7: Vision,

Attribute 8: Persistent.

Taylor gives examples throughout history of people who have lived these attributes telling their story of why they are remembered. I have decided to tell you about 8 people/couples who may not be as well-known but still have lived these principles to the fullest.

Attribute 1 : ResponsibleDan and Lisa Hawkins. Taking Responsibility for not only their own success but showing countless others that if you obey the laws of success over time you increase your freedom by increasing the number of choices you have. From auto mechanic/day care provider to independently community leader of thousands, in a world where it is common to pass the buck, this couple has excepted they are responsible to show people how to live the life the always wanted.

Attribute 2: CreatorGary and Erika Severson. A creator looks for ways to add value. Gary and Erika Severson always look for ways to add value by lifting people up through edification. They are leaders of people and great achievers because when people are around them they feel better in their presence.

Attribute 3: IndependentRichard and Jammie Fisher. I have had first hand experience watching this couple in the time of crises and uncertainty, do the right thing. An independent thinker despite being mocked will think idependently and take initiative to always do the right thing.

Attribute 4: HumbleCorey & Amy Clark. Being a servant leader means helping a community have success while giving the credit away. This couple has quietly established themselves as leaders of large communities because they never stop learning to grow themselves, in-turn, that growth drives people to want to be part of them as leaders.

Attribute 5: HonestJohn & Penny Graff. Throughout the years I have seen John and Penny exhibit integrity. When push came to shove the Graffs turned down security for the face of the unknown because it was the right thing to do. In times where doing what is right is not always rewarded right away, John and Penny have shown that people of integrity expect to be believed, and when they are not, they let time prove them right.

Attribute 6: OptimisticGeorge and Jill Guzzardo. Always an uplifter, George Guzzardo leads thousands of people because people want to around him for the value in them he creates. When adversity strikes one can choose to make excuses or find solutions. George Guzzardo has never been one to dwell in victum mentality, rather focusing on finding the silver lining.

Attribute 7: VisionOrrin and Laurie Woodward. How does one go from broke, relationship-poor engineer to leadership guru creating a path for tens of thousands to change the world by affectively changing themselves? Vison! Thank you Orrin Woodward for having the vision to believe that one person can change the world!

Attribute 8: PersistentSteve and Kelli Sager. From meager beginnings to an adult life of debt, excepting that they would probably have to live paycheck to paycheck for the rest of their lives. Steve and Kelli have proven that those who stay will be champions! Many admire the leadership of this couple because they have proven that they can take a gut shot and remain standing.

As we examine the attributes of achievers in our Life, I hope you have some that you can say have them. We all would love to hear about them and learn from their example.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

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37 responses

5 09 2012
Kristen Seidl

Awesome post Steve, I love how LIFE reveals people’s strengths! You can’t fake your way to the success in the-life-business and I too believe you and Jaime model these 8 attributes in all that you do. Thanks for setting the example for the whole team!

2 09 2012
John Vreeland

I am so glad Orrin and Laurie hung on to their vision, did not get discouraged and walk away. His perseverance and leadership is having one of the most profound affects on this community, rather any community on this globe. Their influence and leadership on the individuals listed above is absolutely incredible. We are definately living in an exciting and Blessed time.

8 09 2012
Kelli Sager

excellent perspective john!!

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26 08 2012
adamrossman

I love that you used Steve and Kelli as the example for Persistence. They have modeled that and helped me to developthat trait in myself. I have learned from them that if you don’t push till the end -you will never know what you were capable of.

26 08 2012
steveleurquin1

They are great examples of people living all 8 of these! It is amazing what can be done when the determination is strong!

25 08 2012
Briar

To me the attributes seemed pretty spot on, but when reading your examples for the attributes, I couldn’t help but to think they were rather shallow and often repetitive.. Real leaders move people, and at least you were modest enuf to not include yourself in them, more analogies next time! Thank you

27 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Thank you Briar for your feedback. As a newer author of a leadership blog I am always working on improving my the depth of my writing skills so that I am not redundant, that I don’t repeat myself, not saying the same thing over and over.
I will look forward to your future comments as I work with every post to be a humble leader and utilizing feedback from my blog readers.

27 08 2012
adamrossman

Steve, that’s awesome of you to be flexible to take feedback like that and use it to turn right around and make your blog richer and more interesting. We also like that you are trying not be redundant. At the same time – I really appreciate your humor and relate-ability! Keep posting!!

27 08 2012
adamrossman

I’m also glad that you’re not repetitive.

27 08 2012
adamrossman

….or superfluous.

27 08 2012
adamrossman

and thank you for not using too many unnecessary words.

27 08 2012
adamrossman

Its nice that you don’t go on and on about the same.

27 08 2012
adamrossman

Its nice to read a blog that doesn’t say the same thing over and over for no apparent reason. ;)

24 08 2012
Valerie

Awesome post Steve! Thank you! It was just what I needed to read tonight!

23 08 2012
Jammie

Thank you Steve for your kind words and amazing example in SO many of these areas, and so many others; including being a great author. You and Jamie are amazing and we are thankful to have you as partners in life.

26 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Jammie, thanks for the feedback. Steve

23 08 2012
robbyandemily

Steve,
What a great way to use your time. I am so impressed with the edification, and can’t wait to meet some of these couples!
Thanks for taking the time to build others up.

23 08 2012
Leadership and LIFE

Thank you for the great post Steve, you embody all of the 8 attributes and are making a difference for so many! Keep leading!

23 08 2012
Chad Eggum

That is so true about each of the leaders you mentioned. They all have each of those attributes and I love how they teach it to others by showing in their own actions.

23 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Lead by example is the best leadership!

22 08 2012
Susan Lovelace

Steve
What a great post on the attributes of our leaders. The examples they lead as well as you and Jamie radiate most often with out words. Your examples help us to become better so we can lead and help many others. Thank you for paving the way up the mountain!
Susan :-)

22 08 2012
Lori

Awesome Steve. Thanks.

22 08 2012
Kevin Hamm

Great Post,

It reinforces why I always check in and see what you’ve written. Great edification.

23 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Feel free to come and check it out daily! Thanks for the comments!

21 08 2012
Mary Konczal

and April and Keith, I knew I was forgetting someone and I apologize if I missed any body else.

20 08 2012
Mary Konczal

Awesome post, every word you write is truth and it is an honor and pleasure to be associated with this group. Adam is right , you do deserve credit and he and Teesa are right behind you helping people and encouraging many to stay the course . So many up coming leaders Jason , Dave , Ryan Jacob , Dayna, Chad too many to mention but all have Played their roll in helping me believe. I’m glad to be on board, thanks to all!

23 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Thank you Mary!

26 08 2012
adamrossman

Mary, you are right- because of the leadership we have been blessed to see and learn from- there are a lot of people in that group you mentioned with HUGE amounts of leadership capacity. Its so exciting to watch it all unfold! Put yourself on the list too, because we see so much in you and know you will do great things that will change the life of many! KEEP STROKING!!!!

20 08 2012
steveleurquin1

I appreciate the feedback Teesa. It is fun to come up with ideas for the blog!

20 08 2012
Teesa Rossman

This is such a cool blog. I love the way you take books you’ve read / things you’ve seen and spin them into something different and unique. Thanks for the thoughts.

20 08 2012
adamrossman

Its neat that you write about these couples, because I believe many of them are going to have books written about them someday. You chose some great examples for each of the catagories! I know thay as a famous leadership blog author-you would never publicly brag about yourself, but I hope you don’t mind if I do I think if there were to be a 9th attribute that it might be ”Encouraging” and you and Jamie would be the example because of your belief that helped many of these couples get to the point that they are at and you’ve helped so many more of us believe in ourselves and achieve more than we used to think we were capable of. Thank you for that!

20 08 2012
adamrossman

Sorry for the double post!!

20 08 2012
steveleurquin1

That’s ok, it pads my stats! :)

26 08 2012
adamrossman

lol!!

20 08 2012
adamrossman

Its neat that you write about these couples, because I believe many of them are going to have books written about them someday. You chose some great examples for each of the catagories!
I know thay as a famous leadership blog author- you would never publicly brag about yourself, but I hope you don’t mind if I do :-) I think if there were to be a 9th attribute that it might be “Encouraging” and you and Jamie would be the example because of your belief that helped many of these couples get to the point that they are at and you’ve helped so many more of us believe in ourselves and achieve more than we used to think we were capable of. Thank you for that!

20 08 2012
steveleurquin1

Thanks for the kind words Adam!

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