No Talent? No Excuse.

Sometimes we find ourselves thinking, “If I were more talented then maybe I could earn more or find a better job” or “They are so successful because they are so naturally talented.”

The truth of the matter is that yes, although some people are more talented than others, it doesn’t imply that it is the reason why they are more likely to become successful.

Understand that:

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You can be the most talented person in the world but if you don’t put in the work, that talent is nothing but an unused gift. It takes a lot more than just “natural talent” to become successful which is why I wanted to point out this list for you.

Here are the 10 things that require zero talent that will help you get ahead.

Being Prepared- Preparation for anything is key. Whether it is a baseball game, a sales presentation, or a hike in the woods, being prepared is crucial. It is important to plan, practice, and review everything beforehand to ensure you will get the results you want. Being proactive (planning things ahead of time) versus being reactive (planning things after they happen) is the rewarding way to go. Remember that if you fail to prepare, you will prepare to fail.

Doing Extra- In order to earn more, you must first become more. If you are going through your day-to-day doing everything you are supposed to do then congratulations! You are doing exactly what you were hired to do. Realize that if you don’t do anything more than what you were hired to do, you can’t possibly expect to get paid more than what you were hired to start with. In today’s economy, everything is performance based. Being at a company for 5+ years doing the same job doesn’t earn you more income. Doing extra aside from your day-to-day like taking on new projects, managing a team, and taking more initiative will help you get ahead.

Being Coachable- Regardless of how experienced you are, you don’t know it all and never will, so stay open minded. Whether you agree or disagree, listen to what others have to say and appreciate them making the attempt to help you. Take feedback from others constructively and act upon what you feel will help you. Being coachable is all about listening to others and working on bettering yourself versus doing things your way all the time. Those who are coachable get a lot further in life by simply listening to advice.

Passion- Passion is not something that can be taught. It is something that comes from within when you naturally have the desire to be the best you can be at all times. Individuals who bring passion to anything they do, are more likely to succeed then those who don’t. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing then find something you do enjoy and pursue it for better results.

Attitude- A positive attitude will make all the difference in your day to day. Nobody likes being around someone who is always negative or complaining about what they hate. Bringing in a positive attitude will change the way others perceive you and will eventually

Energy- Believe it or not people can feed off of your energy whether it’s positive or negative. Energy is what makes people engage or disengage with you so be sure to bring in positive energy so that others will want to be around you.

Body Language- 80% of communication is non-verbal. Slouching, rolling your eyes, fidgeting, and not making eye contact shows you how disengaged you may be. Doing the exact opposite will leave a better impression when others see you especially for the first time. It takes seconds for someone to judge your character so be sure to sit up straight, focus, listen, and make eye contact with others.

Effort- What you put in is what you will get out. Putting in the added effort to make sure things are getting done in a timely manner and are high quality will get you further in life. Many get comfortable or do the bare minimum to get by. Take things to the next level now in order to reap the benefits later.

Work Ethic- Being lazy never got anybody anywhere. Having a strong work ethic is a key trait to have regardless of the type of work you do. Work hard and work smart. Nobody can take that away from you.

Being On Time- If you’re not 10 minutes early, you’re already 10 minutes late. Coming in early or on time leaves a great impression. It shows that not only do you value your own time but are considerate of others’ time. Be sure to plan your day accordingly and consider any potential delays that may occur on your commute to your designation. Give yourself enough time to ensure you will be early or punctual.



Roberto Green Jr
Roberto Green Jr is an avid writer and aspiring author. His work has been featured on The Cover Magazine, Year Up Inc. and MAQTOOB for Entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of Resume Starters where he has helped his clients' find jobs, transfer positions, earn promotions, and gain salary increases through his creative resume writing skills.