50 Traits and Habits Of Highly Effective Men

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.  – Albert Einstein”

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie”

Pick your battles. Fight for your dreams. 

Master your passion then become the jack of all trades.

Make plans for attaining goals and develop ways to track the progress.

Face reality head on and be honest with self and deal objectively with matters of concern.

Develop an attitude tough as nails and expect positive outcomes even when times can be uncompromising.

Initiate Action. When you see a problem jump right in anticipating that you’ll be part of the solution. 

Stay off your high horse. You can’t be effective or helpful with your own agenda in the way.  Focus on what’s in front of you.

Be a good listener. Stop talking about you. Listen!

Pay your bills. You can go more places with good credit than the dollar bills in your front pocket.

Slow down. Finish your thoughts and ideas before communicating them.

Fill your time with quality. Spend more time during the day completing things that are all-important. 

Never quit but give up being judgmental.

Make sacrifices. Do things you don’t enjoy in order carry out a broader objective.    

Practice what you preach. Enough said!

Never give up. Always finish what you started.

Agree to disagree. Burning bridges is not an option.

Southern hospitality. Give up your seat, hold open doors or help with a coat.

Stay sharp. Know your personal strengths and connect with someone who’s resourceful and well-established. Learn the new and reinforce the old.

Be a little cocky. Express your point of view with confidence. Tough talk amongst Men is a good thing, just be respectful.  

Pay someone deserving a compliment. Be sincere and your compliment could fuel someone’s imagination.

Get some sleep. Go to bed early and try rising earlier. Early mornings can prove to be the most productive hours of the day.

Spend time outdoors. Any Man who can pitch a tent, build a fire, and feed a village is the guy you want to go camping with.

Be resourceful. Make it work with what you have, be adventurous and go the extra mile. 

Get organized. Discover, implement, and execute a system not burdensome that works for you.  

Spell out your life mission. Know what you want to accomplish and each day take a step in the right direction to follow through.

Welcome adversity. No one goes looking for it but hardship and misfortune is a sure way to reveal a Man’s worth. Grow from it, take it in, now BECOME.

Manage information intake. The brain is powerful beyond measure but it needs a break just like the body.

Team up with hard workers they’re always ready to go the distance.

Think Different. Break routine and be spontaneous. Innovate!

Know your limits. Know when to say you’ve had enough.

Master transforming big ideas into immediate action.

Take up new challenges. Test your abilities and discover your personal apex.

Shut the door on negative thoughts.

Adapt and overcome. Obstacles and road blocks will test you and life will throw you curve balls. Be Ready!

Develop a backbone. Stand firm and resist taking the easy route.

Show up. Be present for what’s important and ready to give your personal best.

Work hard. Stop kicking the can down the road “get it done”.  Avoid any routine for putting things off for a later date.

Connect with someone stronger in areas you would like to improve.  Be the apprentice who’s eager to learn new facts and skills.

Accept that everyone make mistakes. Know how to spring forward and stake claims for success.

Be straightforward. Be blunt and tell it like it is without compromising your gut feeling.

Simple living. Material things come and go so find value elsewhere. The “Joneses” are broke so don’t bother to keep up with them.

Be a leader. Be firm, fair, and consistent.

Go after what you want. Be assertive and have a pocket full of confidence. If you want it you have to GO get it.

Rest and Relax. Schedule time to not think about anything and secure a place to have peace with no interruptions.

Write it down. If it’s important write it down. If it’s critical write it down and prioritize. 

Focus. Learn to focus on the present. Amplify everything and nothing will ever get done.

Befriend someone you know nothing about or someone you have nothing in common with. Be sincere, friendly, and learn something you don’t already know.

Be on time. Opportunity is missed most when you fail to be proactive.

Stay Healthy. Do a little cardio, strength training, and making good food choices. Now Repeat.

Continue to upgrade yourself.

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10 Discussions on
“50 Traits and Habits Of Highly Effective Men”
  • It would probably take me forever to remember each and every one of these pointers, but there are quite a few that I’ve already instilled into my spirit and life.

    Things such as being straightforward, write it down, show up, work hard, go after what you want, fill your time with quality, etc.

    Then, there are those such as being on time, staying healthy, welcoming adversity, knowing my limits, that require reminders and extra effort on my behalf.

    Good stuff.

  • Don thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your feedback.

    This is a pretty massive list filled with traits and habits we already know and nuggets of motivation to adopt and effect the change we want to see.

    From the list I’m good at southern hospitality, facing reality head on, and going after what I want. Some of the things I could improve upon would be rest and relax, manage information intake and continue to upgrade self.

    50 traits and habits yep this list is made for bookmarking :) and sharing.

  • What a great post! I find every single one of these to be inspiring and encouraging – things to strive for every day. Thanks so much for making this list; I know I will look at it often. BTW, all of them are great advice and ideas for women too. :)

  • “Never quit but give up being judgmental.” So many of these are great but I got highlight one that I think interferes the most with our capacity to be human together and make things happen that matter to us. Judgments become the gatekeepers to avoid “actual feeling” – designed to keep us from being really connected with ourselves and if we can’t be connected, then we don’t have access to our real capacities. Always loving your posts – but gotta say, this list is a tall, taaaalllll order!

  • @ Kristen. I’m glad you enjoyed the list and women are so welcome here. This site is a place where men share tips, and personal experiences for being better and a place where heroes are recognize for walking the walk and talking the talk.

    We’re all different but we share one thing in common and that is we strive to be Become.

    Thanks for the Fuel :)

  • @ Sandra. It’s always good seeing your name here in our comment section and via Facebook. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

    Thanks for adding your personal thoughts on judgement I enjoy seeing all things 20 million ways.

    50 traits and habits hmmm it’s not so bad :) if a person is not doing any of them it can be a tall order. But no one is expected to do it all in one day, take what you need or what applies and keep pushing forward.

    I use to feel that way when ever I walked into a favorite section of the library and look at all of my favorite books. I’m relieved because I know which ones interest me most and better yet I know where to go if I ever want a good read or start on the next one.

  • Wow, I do all of this…not kidding. But, it is nice to see these ideals laid out so I can express them towards others. Thank you.

  • “Pick your battles.” I think that applies to me the most…

    Being assertive about what I care about no matter what…

    “Fill your time with quality” was another thing I really stopped at as I read through the list.

    Thank you for reminding me of these 2 things so important to me. Thanks, indeed.

  • Hi Alvin

    Just ‘StumbledUpon’ your blog! You got it going on! :)

    I have an issue with only one item of your fantastic list…

    Get some sleep. Go to bed early and try rising earlier. Early mornings can prove to be the most productive hours of the day.

    I’ve tried many different approaches over the years and I’ve now accepted I’m a ‘night person’… I’m okay with it, I attend meetings regularly and say hail mary once a day, which is weird because I’m not catholic!! :)

    I would also add to your fine list…

    Find the humour in as many situations as possible, more so the situations where people want to laugh but feel they can’t.

    Great blog Alvin, bookmarked you!

    Be well…

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