A couple weeks ago I wrote about the Mindy Grossman's great perspective about hiring talent - look for tiggers not eeyores. The below quote is related and comes from Peter Brooke's new book, "A Vision for Venture Capital." While Brooke is describing talent that he looked for at his firms, the listed traits are applicable to all business fields. Both Mindy Grossman and peter Brooke highlight "energy" as a key component to top talent: Minday refers to tiggers as "energy-givers" and Peter Brooke looks for "high energy" with "burning drives":

"All had a number of traits...: They were competitive, diligent, tenacious and skeptical, with a high energy level and a burning desire to succeed."

Peter A. Brooke, A Vision for Venture Capital (page 176)