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the right stuff

Personal attributes or character traits that are considered necessary to succeed or do something well. We are having all applicants write an article for the magazine to see whether they have the right stuff to be hired full time.
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the right stuff

character traits considered to be prerequisites of manliness, notably courage and resolution.
The phrase was popularized as the title of a book ( 1979 ) by Tom Wolfe , in which the qualities were attributed to US test pilots, but it existed before then.
See also: right, stuff
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"'The Right Stuff' is right from the beginning a continuation of the Western," Kaufman says.
When he's submitted to endless gyroscopic rotation as part of his astronaut training, he summons up images of his daughter to stay alert when he's done spinning madly, he practically asks, "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" Brave, crewcut NASA boys prepare for the ride of their lives in a shot echoing The Right Stuff. There are scenes, as in The Right Stuff, where astronauts and, just as importantly, their wives must learn to cope with the high mortality rate in the profession.
The Right Stuff, about the first American astronauts, was adapted into a film in 1983 with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris.
The Right Stuff Innovation Awards are designed to promote further development of open networks by recognizing outstanding solutions providers that make significant contributions to the SDN and cloud solution fields with advanced technologies.
The multi-dimensional talent, who most recently appeared on Netflix's Bloodline, received an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in 1983's 'The Right Stuff' and won the 1979 drama Pulitzer Prize with his play 'Buried Child'.
The founder of the popular right-wing blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish.
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Wales, 8.30pm This is it then - the first stage of the 2014 sing-off when we see who has the right stuff to walk away with the prize money.
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Right stuff He survived five match points against Tommy Robredo to emerge victorious in Shenzhen.
Yes, picking the right stuff can actually help you ditch the stress and flaunt various holiday looks with ease and panache.
"But if you put the time in to buy the right stuff, your wardrobe is going to be full of stuff that you love, and getting dressed is going to be less stressful each day."
And it turns out that having the right stuff for a mission to Mars might not be quite what you expect.
It's fuel for the body and if you're putting the right stuff in, your body will react to it.
Does Blair have the right stuff to get his CubeSat off the ground?