Qualities to Become Successful


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic (for example, honesty, intelligence, a sense of humor) that a person can have to be successful in life? Use specific reasons and examples from your experience to explain your answer. When you write your answer, you are not limited to the examples listed in the question.
    • What characteristics would you see as beneficial in contributing to success?
    • What characteristics would not contribute to success?
    • What are some examples of successful people you’ve seen?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
quality (n) distinctive attribute
She possessed many qualities that could contribute to her success as an artist.
goal (n) the object of someone’s ambitions
She had the goal of becoming a marketing director by her 30s.
successful (adj) accomplishing an aim or purpose
He was determined to discover what it would take to be successful in his career. 
persistent (adj) continuing to endure
She was persistent and didn’t take no for an answer.
contribute (v) help to cause or bring about
There are certain qualities that contribute to someone’s success.
achieve (v) successfully bring about
She was excited to achieve her goals she had been pursuing for so long.
figure out (expression) to understand, answer
He was determined to figure out the answers to finish the project.
chime in (expression) interject a remark
To make sure your voice is heard, it’s important to chime in once in a while. 
live up to (expression) fulfill expectations
He never thought he could actually live up to his father’s expectations. 
bear fruit (expression) yield successful results
With the hard work over the years, his projects finally could bear fruit when he presented his findings.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”
― Shiv Khera


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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