Human beings often draw inspiration from people they perceive as successful, whether they have made their mark in athletics, the business world, or any other field. Although these successful role models may each have a different story behind their success, they all possess common traits.

What do successful people have in common? These individuals have a passionate dream that centers on their talent or training. Beyond their steadfast belief in their talent or knowledge, successful people focus on a plan that will help them attain their goal. They find ways to motivate themselves and seek out others to help push them. Furthermore, they are willing to work hard to achieve their dream. The great championship boxer Muhammad Ali once said that he hated every minute of training, but he kept reminding himself: “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” 

In spite of taking the right steps, many successful people have at one time faced rejection and other adversities. To overcome barriers, learn how not to take no for an answer. They believe that they can be successful and become persistent in reaching their dream. Successful people learn that they cannot become complacent, but open themselves to continuous learning and improvement.

About the Author: With 25 years of experience in the fine art industry, Jerry Gladstone is the author of the upcoming book, “The Common Thread,” in which successful celebrities share how they have met life’s challenges.

Peter Simon is one of America’s most celebrated photojournalists from the Baby Boomer generation. Heir to the Simon & Schuster publishing empire, Simon grew up in New England, cut his teeth in New York City, and traveled North America documenting some of the most memorable events of the late 1960s, 70s, and beyond. When he was 14-years-old, his photographs were published in Popular Photography magazine. Peter Simon later went on to study the craft at Boston University and tour intermittently with the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Led Zeppelin, among many other iconic performers of the generation, as a band friend and press photographer.

Over the years, Simon has worked on contract for Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the New York Times, New York Monthly, the Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications—bringing up-close photography of life and pop culture into the homes of people worldwide, making Peter Simon a household name. Since 1973, Simon and his family have resided on Martha’s Vineyard, where he continues to work as a professional photographer and manages the Simon Gallery. His most recent book, Reggae Scrapbook, released in 2007, chronicles his journeys with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, the Wailers, and notables of the Jamaican music scene of the late 1970s.

About the Author: Jerry Gladstone is the author of the book Common Thread and an entrepreneur. Through his gallery, he is proud to carry licensed fine art prints from Peter Simon.