What makes somebody successful, attitude, business coaching, motivation, personality trait, knowledge, or a secret ingredient?

A high profile report published this week suggests that certain professions are returning to be the preserve of more affluent families. The BBC website states that the authors recommend more is done to support and develop ambition in young people.

This made us question what are the ingredients for success?

Is it education, social position or personality traits?

Many of the people we all meet in business are very talented and successful, others are probably equality talented and well educated but not as successful. Tell us, what do you think makes the difference?

We have noticed a trend over recent months that the people hiring us as business coaches are those with clear ambition. They want success and business growth; they’re not prepared to let the recession get in their way. They are also prepared to invest in this success. They are committed to making positive changes for their business. Is this drive the key to their success or is there more to it than that?

Also, is ambition ever a handicap to success? In the corporate world ambition can get you so far, but we have all seen people over promoted when they don’t have the talent to back it up. It is also easy to observe people who will do whatever it takes to get to the top and don’t mind alienating their colleagues along the way. They often find themselves in a very lonely position without a supportive network.

So what does it take to be a success, is it talent, ambition, your network, your education or something else? Let us know your thoughts, enter a comment below.