Myth Of Talent and 7 Keys To Being A Success

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Many people resent those who they see as talented.

They believe that just because someone is naturally good at something, that’s all it takes.

This is the myth of talent plus, when scrolling further below, you’ll find 7 keys to being a success.

Not too many of us really think of the blood, sweat and tears involved.

Why bother with what goes behind the scenes when you can just look at the end result and brush it off as purely a matter of “talent”?

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Sure, being naturally gifted can give anyone a boost, yet that’s not enough to take you all the way to the top.

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Then read below, for 7 of the most important qualities to being successful.

1. Embrace challenges

There is a big difference between the statements “I can’t do it” and “I can’t do it, yet”.

The latter type of thinking is a far more powerful way to see the world. It’s called adopting a growth mindset.

People who have this believe that they can grow and improve even if they hit the occasional roadblock to success.

Successful people accept that setbacks are part of the process and are willing to power through them.

To do that, take a step back and learn from your mistakes after you mess up.

No one ever got it right the first time, and for good reason.

Screwing up helps you focus and rethink your approach, then you get to try again.

This is a challenge that successful people take pleasure in.

2. Focus on growth, not proving yourself

The problem with those who don’t have the growth mindset is that they’re more interested in enforcing a high opinion of themselves and their raw talent.

This usually comes from a place of pride and fear.

To them, some people just have “it”, and others don’t.

Myth of talent - Forward Steps image_1So, they think they’ll always have an edge over those who aren’t born with “it”.

Yet that’s a false belief, people can always learn new things and get better at it.

You’ll notice that these people tend to avoid challenges beyond their skill set. They’d rather not risk shattering the illusion of their effortless talent.

When they let this kind of thinking hold them back, they fail to grow into someone better.

Success has a lot to do with setting aside your ego.

Don’t think you’re so talented that you don’t need to work hard or make mistakes like everyone else.

Remember, your skills can and will evolve over time, however you need to put yourself through the learning process first.

Aside from learning from your mistakes, you should also be willing to learn from others and share the knowledge you have.

Create an atmosphere where you can have a back and forth exchange of insights and ideas with others in your field.

Only then will you really be able to expand your mind and hone your craft.

3. Put effort above talent

With everything we’ve talked about so far, you’d think I’m knocking on talented people.

Not at all.

Emmanuel was incredibly talented, however he also had to put in the work.

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10 secrets wealthy people live by - Forward Steps book cover 363pxOtherwise, people would have kept telling him about his potential while he did nothing about it.

When you consider the big picture, effort spells the difference between those who have amazing potential and those who actually make use of it.

Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit, says that talent only accelerates the learning process.

To build and improve your skills, you need a good dose of grit in your life.

According to Duckworth, this is a combination of persisting with your goals and being passionate about them.

This means working through those disappointing failures and staying on course even when you feel like dirt.

It all boils down to the amount of effort you choose to put in, especially during times like these.

All the potential in the world won’t mean much if you don’t make a commitment to yourself to cultivate and refine the gifts you’ve been given.

4. Develop your purpose

Another quality of grit that Duckworth stresses is having a mission that’s important to you and sticking with it.

If you want to stick to your goals and keep growing, you need a sense of purpose and the passion to fuel it.

It’s common to feel enthusiastic about a project or goal in the beginning and, like any other emotion, this enthusiasm comes and goes.

What’s not so common is keeping at it, even after those feelings of excitement have faded.

Think of your sticking to your end goal as being in a relationship with someone.

After you’ve gotten past the honeymoon phase, are you still willing to stick it out?

Do you make the conscious decision to stay the course in spite of the disillusionment?

Myth of talent - Forward Steps image_2When you wake up in the morning, do you think of ways, big and small, to enrich your relationship and make it thrive?

Are you so in love with your goals that you’re downright obsessed?

If you base your actions on your loyalty to your goals, then you’re on the right track.

If not, try to remember why you have those goals in the first place.

What made you fall in love with them and why do care so much?

Once you’ve reacquainted yourself with your core reasons, you’ll be focused and stay true to your mission.

5. Put value in the “little” things

There’s a study that came out in the late 80s called The Mundanity of Excellence which documented the performance of Olympic swimmers.

Daniel F. Chambliss observed how one of the athletes was able to go from minor leagues all the way to Olympic-level competitions in just three years.

He showed that through a number of measurable factors, the concept of excellence could be actually be quantified.

Chambliss points out that these factors that make up an extraordinary performance are, well, pretty ordinary.

The truth is that there's really nothing amazing about the habits needed to be awesome at something. Click To Tweet

Take the following for instance:

– Waking up early in the morning to get a good start
– Taking an invigorating shower to wake your senses
– Meditating and/or reading something motivational or inspirational
– Having a healthy and filling breakfast to fuel your day
– Showing up for work or training
– Practicing through drills, exercises and other repetitive motions, both physical and mental
– Researching topics related to your field and exchanging ideas with your peers

You can see that each of those “little” things isn’t exactly exciting, yet all of them play an important part in your grand plan nonetheless.

When you have an overall result in mind, like making a million dollars in a year or being a world-class athlete, it’s the smaller sub-goals that will make it happen.

If you care enough about being excellent, you should create a solid framework of smaller objectives to support your vision.

Otherwise, you’ll be lost and aimless, wondering why you haven’t done something amazing with your life.

To make things happen, you’ll first need to make a structured plan.

Once you’ve got your priorities sorted out, success will be the sum of those smaller goals that you put together.

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6. Practice, practice, practice

Successful people focus on the parts of their game that need work.

If a basketball player isn’t doing too well with rebounds or shooting accurately, then they’ll have to do those drills to rectify that.

Myth of talent - Forward Steps image_3When you hit a particular wall in your performance or career, make a game out of getting around it. Focus your energy on that specific wall.

Again, the key to success is pretty boring.

Most of the time, it’s simply prioritizing certain areas, then letting other people tell you where you did it wrong.

Like I said before, getting other people’s insights is crucial and, in this case, it’ll help you overcome your weaknesses.

All that’s left to do is keep practicing the same thing until you’ve completely ironed out the kinks.

Pretty soon, you won’t be even thinking about that problem you were having before. Getting it right becomes second nature.

Going through the grind of mastering something isn’t cool or glamorous, however it’s the complete opposite when you finally get your act together.

7. Find winners and hang out with them

Here’s an important thing about excellence that people often miss: it’s contagious.

You know what they say about birds of the same feather, right?

If you surround yourself with miserable folks who put successful people down, just to feel better about themselves, what kind of effect would it have on your thinking?

Would it help you make things happen or make it a hundred times harder?

The kind of attitude and perspective you have will either lift up your dreams – or poison them.

That’s why you need to be part of a winning, supportive culture that celebrates excellence, not despise it.

A group of people will always share a common set of values and principles. If you’re part of a circle, those will rub off on you no matter what.

If you tend to be around people that scoff at personal growth, don’t try to change how they think.

You can be that person who was brave enough to stick out like a sore thumb, however not in a condescending or “Hey look at me now” kind of way.

The result of your hard work will speak for itself.

There’s no need to rub it in anyone’s face. Who knows, you might just make a believer out of the Negative Nancy’s in your life.

Heck, you could even tell them how you pulled it off when they ask you.

Wouldn’t that be great, to be the one that lifts them up?

That's the thing about life, when you send a certain message to the world, expect to get a certain kind of response. Click To Tweet

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What if there was a way to consciously send the right message to the world?

What if you could be at the perfect “frequency” so people will pick up on your signal and respond in a hugely positive way?

Imagine your boss wanting to give you a promotion and a fat raise to go along with it or a prospective investor willing to fund your million-dollar idea or a future romantic partner begging to take you out on a date.

To do all that and more, all it takes is to reprogram your signal so everyone gets your message loud and clear.

After that, they’ll want to give you all those incredible opportunities left and right, like crazy!

It all boils down to a single trait that people knew next to nothing about , until now.

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A study at the Carnegie Institute of Technology discovered that this quality accounted for 85% of a person’s financial success.

It has little to do with talent or technical skill.

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Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (

Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (

Since March 2003, I've been sharing practical, positive, thought provoking and inspiring self improvement content online. My aim is simple - to offer tips and resources that help us enhance our daily experience of life and to keep stepping forward. Perth, Western Australia is the place I call home and I'm the author of "Time For My Life: 365 Stepping Stones". You might also know me from the Forward Steps personal development blog and the daily series of "365 Forward Steps Notes", all designed to add wings to our unique life journeys.

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