If you’ve got high aspirations, talent and motivation are only prerequisites for an elite job. A charismatic personality is what really takes you to the top.
Napoleon Hill, author of the best-selling 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich,” explored the habits of the most likable people in his essay “Develop A Pleasing Personality,” which was included in the book “The Science of Success.”
In the late 19th century, steel magnate Charles M. Schwab’s charm elevated him from day laborer to an executive with a $US75,000 salary and a frequent million-dollar bonus (unfathomable numbers for the time), according to Hill.
The legendary industrialist Andrew Carnegie told Hill that “the yearly salary was for the work Schwab performed, but the bonus was for what Schwab, with his pleasing personality, could get others to do.”
Here are Hill’s 14 habits of people who are so likable that others go out of their way to help them.
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