By Wayne Duggan ~
It’s hard not to be envious of extremely intelligent and talented people. After all, talent goes a long way.
However, Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company brands, recently Tweeted a list of 10 keys to success that require no talent whatsoever.
Here’s a rundown of his list.
10 Keys To Success That Require Zero Talent
1. Being On Time
Many of these behaviors seem like no-brainers, but showing up late to meetings, rehearsals or even walking into work at 9:10 a.m. instead of 9:00 is disrespectful to superiors, coworkers or partners.
2. Work Ethic
Not everyone can naturally be the best at his or her job, but everyone has the ability to out-work others in their field.
The easiest thing in the world is to give up. Not only will effort often produce results, it always demonstrates to others that they can rely on you to do everything you can to make things happen.
4. Body Language
Confidence and success can be contagious. When you believe in yourself and present positive body language to the world, others will (often subconsciously) pick up on it and will begin to believe in you too.
When are you more productive at work? When you drag in hung-over after two hours of sleep or when you show up after a healthy breakfast and full night’s rest?
Not everything in the business world is pleasant, but unpleasant things must be done. If you approach everything with a positive attitude, you will earn a lot of respect.
It’s often easy to tell when people are passionate about their kids, their favorite TV show or the local sports team. If you can make your career your passion, the path to success won’t feel like such an effort.
8. Being Coachable
Stubbornness and pride are two major roadblocks to success. If you are willing to be flexible and handle constructive criticism and guidance, you will be the type of partner or employee that everyone in the business world dreams of having.
9. Doing Extra
“Going the extra mile” often requires much less effort than it seems. You’ve already devoted 10 hours to putting together the presentation; why not take 10 more minutes proofreading it one more time? Your boss wanted 10 ideas for the new client. Why not come up with 12? Just because you were told to do something a certain way, think about whether there is a better way to do it. The Jesus principle of going the extra mile is the easiest way to stand out above the majority of people who always do the bare minimum that is asked of them.
10. Being Prepared
Preparation is an excellent way to demonstrate work ethic, effort, passion and going the extra mile. Walking into a situation knowing you’re fully prepared for anything that might happen also works wonders for your body language and confidence.
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