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. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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