If you want to live a successful, meaningful life, there are a few qualities you need. This comes from the book The 10 Laws of Enduring Success. 

  • Law #1: You have to have a purpose. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to live a meaningful life. But most people don’t discover their true purpose until a crisis forces them to reevaluate their lives - like an illness, or a job loss. So, don’t wait for a disaster. Instead, think hard about what matters most to you – whether you want to help the homeless, collect signatures for a ballot measure, or spend more time with your grandkids, and find a way to do it. 

  • Another quality you need for a successful, meaningful life: Initiative. Successful people are always thinking, “What’s the next step that’ll get me closer to my goal?” Your takeaway: Vow to do one thing every day that moves you forward, like writing a letter, making a phone call, or doing some research. 

  • Then there’s courage. Courage doesn’t mean putting yourself in danger. It simply means taking a chance when you aren’t certain of the outcome, like losing your job, and deciding to start your own business so you can be your own boss. Something that will make people say, “I can’t believe you did that!” 

  • One final rule for a successful, meaningful life: Humility. That doesn’t mean humiliation and embarrassment. It means being humble, knowing that you’re human, and understanding your place in the world. 

Bottom line: You’ll get a lot more respect and support from others if you can laugh at yourself, admit when you make a mistake, and believe in yourself – without thinking you’re the center of the universe.