There is no shortage of hypesters and hucksters offering the "secret" to getting rich. The reality is that all kinds of people get rich in all kinds of ways, most of them involving being the right person in the right place at the right time.
Sure, working hard, being smart, overcoming
failure and breaking convention can all play a role. But lots of people
do those things and never get rich.
Yet billionaires often share common attributes. And one of those
traits is eloquently explained by Justine Musk, the ex-wife of
billionaire inventor Elon Musk.
In a piece in Quora, Justine Musk said that "extreme success results from an extreme personality," and that billionaires like Elon Musk or Bill Gates
"tend to be freaks and misfits" who developed extreme strategies for
survival as kids and later applied those strategies to business.
But their chief characteristic can be summed up in two words: "Be obsessed."
"If you're not obsessed, then stop what you're
doing and find whatever does obsess you," she said. "It helps to have an
ego, but you must be in service to something bigger if you are to
inspire the people you need to help you (and make no mistake, you will
She said that people who are obsessed with a
problem or issue can work through all the distractions and barriers that
life puts in their way. And that obsession needs to be your own, to the
point where it borders on insanity.