The author recently attended a conference in Washington, DC, USA, hosted by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. Each speaker had a unique story to tell about the challenges and hardships they faced and the secrets that helped them succeed against significant odds. While these entrepreneurs came from a wide variety of professions, there were some recurring themes that he thinks are important to share with you, along with some pearls of wisdom that he has come across. Here are five characteristics of success: 1. diversification, 2. persistence, 3. creativity, 4. quality and 5. value. He believes these ideals will inspire invigorate, and energize those who have the entrepreneurial spirit.