Success is more about attitude than talent

That’s right! Success in life depends more on attitude than it does on talent. Whenever we think of great achievers like Michael Jordan, Sachin Tendulkar, Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs we usually think that they were born with innate talent. While this right to some extent what we need to understand is, that it was not their talent alone but their attitude to getting things done was what moved them to the pinnacle of success.

While inherent talent is necessary it alone cannot propel you to great heights unless it is accompanied by the right attitude. Talent can only take you that far and no further. To keep advancing we must have the correct approach in life.

All of us have some talent or another. Once we have identified our talent we need to ensure that we adopt the attitude that is required to take us further. Typically I would highlight the following key characteristics of people who excel in life. They are

Patience: This is first and foremost quality that is needed in life. You can have all the talent in the world but if you are impatient you will not get far. As you try to improve the excellence in your skill or talent you must have dollops of patience. You must be willing to make incremental improvements. Sometimes you will hit a road block in the domain which you are trying to achieve excellence whether it may be playing a musical instrument, writing a book or learning technology. It is important that you don’t get impatient when you see little or no progress. You must be willing to try and try a little more. Patient is critical for excellence.

Perseverance: This quality needs to accompany patience. Besides being patient for the results we must have sufficient motivation to continue on the path of improvement. In order to be adept in any field, we must persevere to keep doing better. We must not rest even if we have achieved a fair degree of success in the chosen skill. We must constantly keep honing our skills.

Curiosity: This attitude is what differentiates those who really make a big splash from those who are just great. As we continue to become better in what we are trying to do, be it swimming, playing the guitar or in cricket, we must have the intellectual curiosity to learn new aspects of the skill, game or art. We must experiment with new ideas. We must work constantly in trying to do things not just better but also explore new areas. You should have an unquenchable thirst to learn.

Hard work & grit: Success and fame never happen overnight. They are usually the result of hard work and grit for a long period of time. We should never aim for instant success. Instead, we should strive for enduring success which can only be the result of hard work and the ability to tide over failures. In other words, we must have the grit to take failures in​ our stride and yet lose sight of what we want to achieve.

If you approach life with the attitudes of patience, perseverance, curiosity, hard work and grit you are bound to encounter success. You must constant work in maintaining a balance between these 3 important qualities and you are bound to go a long way in life!

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