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8 TRAITS

Now that you have learned about the On The Ball Quadrants, it begs the question as to what factors influence which quadrant you might be in at a given point and time. Before we jump into those traits, let's take a moment and summarize what being on the ball is not about:

It is NOT about MONEY

Clearly money is a big motivating factor to being on the ball professionally, and doing better financially. If you are in sales, or another position that is rewarded by commissions and/or bonuses, chances are you are going to do better for yourself if you are on the ball. However, money or personal wealth does not guarantee that you are on the ball by any stretch, and if anything, is a   by-product of being on the ball, not an influencing factor. In fact, we can all think of examples of people who do have money, or come into riches, that overall we wouldn't consider to be on the ball (and maybe don't even know the ball exists). Additionally, there are even people who were once on the ball, and once getting a taste of wealth, lost their way, and fell off the ball, by doing irrational things with their money. Finally, we can also think of people that live very modestly, don't have much money to their name, or perhaps are just starting out in their careers, that you would consider to be very much on the ball. Money does not determine your quadrant.

It is NOT about EDUCATION

Similarly, having a degree from a private, four-year university is not an automatic pass to being on the ball, either. There are plenty of Achievers in life who dropped out of college, or perhaps did not attend college at all. By comparison, there are many who managed to get through those four year programs, left with a diploma, and are still not on the ball after all of those experiences. Many formally educated people can lack the traits that we're going to highlight below as the actual On The Ball influencing factors.

It is NOT about PERSONAL BELIEFS

Finally, as with money and education, no religion, nationality, culture, or political affiliation has a monopoly towards being on the ball. People who are on the ball come from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. You may not see eye to eye with someone regarding a particular topic, but that doesn't prevent the two of you from both being on the ball. In fact, part of what makes someone a "1" is the ability to acknowledge and respect that people do have differences.

So if we're in agreement that becoming an Achiever and getting On The Ball is not about money, education, or personal beliefs, then there must be some other common denominators that separate those who are on the ball from those who are not. These 8 Traits are highlighted below, and each explored in more detail as to how they align with the On The Ball Theory framework.

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PROBLEM SOLVING

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LEADERSHIP

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PLANNING & PREPARATION

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AMBITION

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COLLABORATION

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COMMUNICATION

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COMMON SENSE

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