Top 5 Qualities of Successful Individuals

Raymond A. Guzman

Role Models

I myself have a series of role models that span the spectrum from doctors to entrepreneurs and I’ve often thought about what makes these individuals both influential and successful. In my view, there are a certain qualities that across the board are indicative of someone who has the ability to be highly successful. I’m going to provide my top five qualities that I believe makes someone successful.

1. Arrogance

At the number one spot, I put arrogance and I know that that must seem rather odd. Arrogance is often thought of as being something negative to be looked down upon, but I think that this is nothing more than an overly associated negative connotation. Arrogance can and is often a positive quality. You have to realize that if someone doesn’t care or belief enough in what they are doing then there would be no reason for anyone else…

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Start-Up Opportunities in Social Networking

In the world of social networking, there are essentially three giants. Linkedin is the professional networking site. Facebook is the personal networking sites to connect with friends and family and Twitter is meant to form connections with everyone and anyone, unless you’d like to keep your Twitter stream more private. Anyone with a keen eye can quickly notice that there is a lot of room for startups to specialize within the space of these major spheres. None of the giants really do anything perfectly. Facebook had over-grown. Linkedin is sonewhat of a public directory and Twitter has over-limited. The point being that there is room for services to specialize on doing certain things really well. We see this with new social networks such as Path. Path’s intent is essentially to take you back to the pre-Facebook behemoth years. It’s meant to be a place to connect with your closest friends and family. I predict that many start-ups will focus on this idea of social networking specialization and as someone who is planning a start-up around this concept, I’m looking forward to seeing expansion in social networking sites.

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Class of 2013: Build Your Personal Brand

Raymond A. Guzman

As I usually do, I like to chime in whenever possible on trends on Linkedin. This week one of the major topics that Linkedin Influencers are talking about is what advice should be given to new graduates (the class of 2013). My favorite post by an influencer is titled, “Class of 2013: Write Your Eulogy, Then Live the Life You Want,” by Geoff Yang. In it, Yang talks about a number of things you should keep in mind in order to live a worthwhile life, but the major takeaway is to, of course, think about the story you want to tell when you’re of age, so to speak. I think that’s a really excellent way to go about making decisions. For me though, the advice that I believe is most important is to solidify who are you and to in that way build your personal brand.


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The 1 Thing a Business Leader Must Do to Succeed

This is a response to Dave Kerpen’s The 1 Thing a Business Leader Must Do to Succeed.

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local, went and asked ten business leaders from the Young Entrepreneur Council what the felt was the one thing a business leader must do to succeed. Kerpen’s answer was focus. I thought I’d take moment to answer the question myself.

What’s the one thing a business leader must do to succeed?

Maintain Integrity

Following the financial crisis of 2008/2009, we found ourselves in a situation in which consumers felt like they had been betrayed by corporate greed. The focus was on corrupt business practices. You take a look at the housing crisis and we found that mortgages on a grand scale had been given to consumers who couldn’t afford these houses. So what is integrity? Integrity is synonymous with moral uprightness. Integrity entails staying true to ones moral principles, beliefs, and standards. For me, this is the key to success because often leaders find themselves taking short-cuts as the energy builds and growth occurs. I think that the leaders with strong integrity who maintain this throughout the life of their business are the ones who succeed. Apple Inc. is one of the most prominent examples of a company that has been successful because of a leader who not only had great integrity, but managed to pass this on to the company culture at Apple. The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc., famously said once, “We don’t make junk.” Over the years, Apple has often been criticized for not offering lower-priced products; nonetheless, Apple has stuck to its values and in so doing has become the incredibly successful company that it is. The 1 thing a business leader must do to succeed is maintain his/her integrity. – Raymond Guzman, Writer

Financial Intersections

The announcement of Financial Progressions from my primary blog at

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Financial Intersections

After analyzing my posts over the last few months here and the success of certain ones, I’ve decided to start, yet another blog, entitled Financial Intersections. I’ve realized that my primary blog has defined itself as something quite distinct from the general topic of finance. Not only this, but the limited posts that have related to finance have been fairly successful from my viewpoint so it only seems proper to detach them as their own blog. I’m excited to have one more addition (without a doubt the last) and to get my workflow to a point where I can maintain all of my blogs with the least amount of overhead so to speak. Thanks to everyone who has followed my blog and my several others. I really appreciate the hits and please check out the 7th and final addition.

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The Wall Street Admissions Test

The Wall Street Admissions Test post.

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This is a comment I posted subsequently on the forums at WSAT regarding a question about the test’s scoring. This was shortly after I had finished taking the test myself. (Disregard the typos.)

“I just finished taking the test and I feel like the raw score is meant and subsequent sub scores for each category are meant to be sort of statistical representation of what your score really is. I would say that given your sub scores you can get an idea for your particular standard deviation and assume that your true score is probably around your raw score +/- x, where x is an indication of such things as the time constraint and fairly new nature of the test. I definitely have a lot of comments about it… the time constraints are an issue… a definite emphasis on depreciation (I don’t quite know why)… excessive information for some questions…

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