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Captain Flinders

Traits of Explorers

What kinds of people chose a life of exploration, challenge and discovery?

What do you think are the most important characteristics of explorers?

According to "A Profile of Greatness" in The World's 100 Greatest People. the ten characteristics of the achieving personality are:

  1. Focus
  2. Preparedness
  3. Conviction
  4. Perseverance
  5. Creativity
  6. Curiosity
  7. Resilience
  8. Risk taking
  9. Independence
  10. A sense of higher purpose

What do you think? What would you include on your own list?

  • Which of these apply to the explorers you have chosen to study?
  • Which of these apply to you in your own life?
  • Can a person develop these qualities?

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