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Ten things that require zero talent

I had the privilege of speaking at Communiversity’s 2018 graduation on Friday.    What do you say to 70 or so young people? What encouragement and challenge could one deposit as they start their journey?

I thought I would share on ten things that require no talent, yet can make a big difference towards success.   It was interesting that some students received awards in a few of these characteristics!

I trust this trimmed down summary will add some value to your venture.

Being on Time

Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.    Karen Joy Fowler

Making an Effort

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Being ‘High Energy’

“When you’re in the zone of your purpose with passion…time stands still.” ― T.F. Hodge

Being high energy takes no hidden talent and yet it determines your success. Eat, sleep, exercise – get these three basic elements right and you’ll have high energy throughout the day.

Having a Positive Attitude

“Life is like a sandwich!   Birth as one slice, and death as the other. What you put in-between the slices is up to you. Is your sandwich tasty or sour?

Being Passionate

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein,

Using Good Body Language

Body language is not only important in business and determines the chances of your success to a large extent. But it also determines the quality of your relationships, your mental health, your physical health, and so on.

Being Coachable/teachable

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
Many people have fragile egos and they can’t take criticism. Be open to criticism and be willing to learn, that’s the only way you will ever grow.

Going the Extra Mile

One of the most renowned personal development coach, Steve Pavlina, says that in life, there is a lot of churn at the bottom. It means millions of people compete for the low hanging fruit, for jobs that barely keep you above water. But at the top, the competition is not so hard. Because few ever dare to compete to that level.

Being Prepared                                             

So whatever it is you want to conquer – your career, relationships, fitness, or spirituality – put in thousands of hours in preparation before you expect the rewards.

Having a Strong Work Ethic

“Doubt is only removed by action, if you’re not working then that’s when doubt comes in” – Conor McGregor

All successful people – Mark Cuban, Beyonce, Michael Jordan, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Phelps, Will Smith, Marco Pierre White, Conor McGregor, Shah Rukh Khan – everyone says that there is only one way to succeed – create an unbeatable work ethic.

Remember that talent is never enough. The best of the best don’t rest on what they were born with—they dig down to get the most they can. Try these 10 things (or just one!) and over time it will pay off.

Building strong businesses, led by resilient entrepreneurs

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