I believe that there are three traits that are absolutely essential to becoming a successful editor. The first is fairly basic and necessary to most occupations, but has an even greater importance in the field of editing. 1) Editors must be organized at all times to ensure a neat work environment. These individuals are dealing with trying to find the mistakes in articles written at their magazine or newspaper and keeping everything orderly is a good way to prevent further mistakes. 2) Editors need to have a pretty solid grasp of what their publication is all about. This is a very important trait for editors to possess because they need to understand both how their publication approaches a subject and they must fully understand their audience and what they enjoy. 3) The last trait that I find to be pertinent to becoming a good editor is that they do not change their mind about a story that has been written. Good editors know not to ask a journalist or reporter for a different angle to their story after it is already done. The only exception to this is if circumstances changed and there are new details about the story that must be included. Overall I feel that any editor who follows these simple rules will experience a good amount of success in their field.