Keys to Success

In Their Own Words

Oprah Winfrey, Class of 1989

on Courage

The American Academy of Achievement members describe how they applied these six principles to their own lives — passion, vision, preparation, courage, perseverance and integrity — to set them on to their individual paths to success. Learn how these core principles helped our extraordinary leaders shape their achievements and their lives. Discover how to apply these key elements as a roadmap to reach your own destinations.

We strive to capture the spirit of accomplishment and an appreciation for the character of eminent achievers. Listening to their life stories, you can develop an awareness of the attributes these leaders share: The will to go forward despite doubts, setbacks and ridicule. The ability to recover from failures and keep from becoming discouraged. Courage, love and commitment to their work. The pursuit of excellence rather than a simple desire for glory. By dedicating themselves to goals that aroused their passion, they often pushed the boundaries of knowledge in their chosen endeavors. With these qualities firmly in hand, you may discover that you are already in the middle of your own personal success story.

  1. Passion
  2. Vision
  3. Preparation
  4. Courage
  5. Perseverance
  6. Integrity
  7. The American Dream