This is straight from the Millionaire Mind, by Thomas J. Stanley, which is quite literally a gigantic study/survey done of countless Millionaires. When asked about all the factors that contribute directly to their economic success, here are the most common answers in rank order.
1. Being Honest with People
#1 (tie) - Being well disciplined
#3 - Getting along with People
#4 - Having a supportive spouse
#5 - Working harder than most people
#6 - Loving my career/business
#7 - Having strong leadership qualities
#8 - Having a competitive personality
#9 - Being well organized
#10 - Having an ability to sell my ideas/products
#10 (tie) - Making wise investments
Right off the bat I'll say #1 is shocking. The perception that rich people often get there through manipulation etc. is thrown right out the window. Integrity is #1!
Discipline, yes, sure. Getting along well with people. I can see that.
Having a supportive spouse... is as high as #4.
That is pretty crazy. I can see now why most of us get irritated along the journey when our dating lives don't work out.
Working Hard, #5. Yep. If you can outhustle people you win the day, which in fact is higher than loving your career itself!
Leadership, Competitive Personality, Being Organized, Salesmanship and Making good investments round it off.
Thoughts? Surprises? By the way, Luck ranks at #27, which is pretty much close to dead last.