8 Traits of Successful People

Level: Pre intermediate and above

Time for completion: 20 min



Ten years of research and 500 face-to-face-interviews led Richard St. John to a collection of eight common traits in successful leaders around the world.



Useful vocabulary

Out of the blue: If something happens out of the blue, it is completely unexpected

Summit: the highest point of a mountain

Puke: to vomit

Improve: to get better

Persist: to try to do or continue doing something in a determined but often unreasonable way



Choose TWO letters for each answer

  1. Which TWO people are heroes for Mr St John?

A a religious person

B a politician

C a sports person

D an IT genius


  1. Which TWO things has he done in his life that he is proud of?

A won an acting award

B won communications awards

C Been at the top of a mountain

D Sailed a boat in Antartica


  1. Which TWO of these professionals has he interviews for his success project?

A Actors

B Publicists

C Amateur writers

D Astronauts


  1. Which TWO of these traits does his include in his list of 8 to be great?

A Service work

B Ambitions

C A good mentor

D Self improvement



1 C and D

2 B and C

3 A and D

4 A and D


Author: David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' and the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives and works in rural China, and loves to travel. He has worked as an IELTS tutor since 2010, has completed both TEFL and CELTA courses, and has a certificate from Cambridge for Teaching Writing. In 2018, he wrote the popular IELTS handbook, Grammar for IELTS Writing. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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