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We may define success as achieving what we want or need, but does that one size really fit all? People want different things and, when considering your goals, it’s also useful to consider your personal psychology.

We’re all individuals, and your idea of success is probably different from your next-door neighbor’s. Having an insight into your own personality can be helpful when planning what will work for you. When 75 advisory council members of Stanford Graduate School of Business were asked what was the most valuable quality for people to cultivate, their answer was, almost unanimously, self-awareness.

Five classic personality traits

Psychologists ...

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