Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

conscientiousness….I love this word….but why are people CSS…Lets take an example, the cleaner who does a good job regardless of his environment[who is watching, compensation system, supervision, peers] and own situation [happy, sick, angry, miffed etc]. What makes him clean every nook and cranny. I think that comes from a desire to achieve and a desire to make others happy. Well it could also be OCD. But seriously those should be the root causes of why a person is CSS. It can be argued that he does a good job because his boss is super observant or the office goers are nit picky. There is a difference between a good job and a CSS job. A good job is what you do as per expectations, CSS is when you go beyond it. Therefore the only thing that can make you go beyond bosses and perks is your intrinsic desire to please, to achieve. Why does a person want to please, want to achieve. Why a person wants to make others happy…I am not sure, because of endorphins? Why do you want to achieve….seems to be a simple question…the key is to live that question….


Research is pointing to conscientiousness as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal.

Via How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character:

“It would actually be nice if there were some negative things that went along with conscientiousness,” Roberts told me. “But at this point it’s emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan. It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do.”

What is it? Basically, it’s being “efficient, organized, neat, and systematic“:

Conscientiousness is the state of being thorough, careful, or vigilant; it implies a desire to do a task well. Conscientiousness is also one trait of the five-factor model of personality, and is manifested in characteristic behaviors such as being efficient, organized, neat, and systematic. It includes such elements as self-discipline, carefulness, thoroughness, self-organization, deliberation (the tendency to think carefully…

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