We often hear people speak about the qualities necessary to become a doctor. Whilst there are many skills required to be a great doctor, they do not necessarily look the same in each person. Moreover, each doctor is different and as with all people, all have their different strengths and weaknesses. This is important to understand before we delve into the characteristics to be a competent medical student and doctor. We need to understand our own strengths and weaknesses, so we can use the former to our advantage and work on the latter. This article is by no means a comprehensive list, but rather a few traits that I believe anyone would benefit from having.