Do You Need Talent To Be Successful?

What does it really take to be successful in life? Does it take luck? Talent? A high IQ? Without any talent, can one become successful?

To answer this question, I think it would make sense to look at different things that are crucial to success and then see if talent is even really needed.

Hard Work

I don’t think it’s any mystery that the vast majority of people who are successful are also hard workers. These are people who know what they want and work hard to get it. They know their priorities and know what’s important. Each day, they work on things that get them closer to their end goal. Without hard work, becoming successful on your own is impossible.

Working harder doesn’t require talent. It just requires a strong desire to succeed.

Can Do Attitude

Every successful person has dealt with tons of setbacks. It’s almost easy to work hard when you’re getting the results you want. However, when things aren’t going so well, it’s difficult to keep putting in the work. Many people get discouraged whenever they are faced with setbacks. Their attitude can quickly shift from a positive one to a negative one.

In order to have a higher chance of being successful, you need to have positive attitude. When things go wrong, you need to be able to have the will power to keep going instead of feeling discouraged and quitting. Successful people know that continuing to feel discouraged and believing they’re destined to fail will only cement that fact.

Having a positive, can do attitude doesn’t require talent. It requires believing in yourself.


Since success takes a lot of hard work, you need to have plenty of energy. Your mind can want to work but if your body physically can’t handle it, you won’t get much done. This comes down to taking care of your body. Ever feel too tired to even get out of bed even after 7-8 hours of sleep? Exercising and eating healthy foods will give you the energy to do get a lot more done and when you get a lot more done, your chances of success goes up.

Having more energy doesn’t take talent. It takes putting your health higher up your priorities list.

Following Through

When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. This can be as simple as showing up on time. It’s about being consistent with your words and actions. It’s about reliable. When you say you’re going to do something today, you do it today, not tomorrow or next week.

Following through doesn’t take talent. It just takes being responsible.

Being Knowledgeable

To be successful in your chosen field, you need to be knowledgeable. No one is born with this knowledge. Success people learn what needs to be learned. Take some classes, read some books, research online, interview people, do what it takes to gather the knowledge you need to succeed in whatever it is you’re trying to succeed.

Becoming more knowledgeable doesn’t require talent, it just requires investing some time to gather information and learning how to use it effectively.

Not Giving Up

Giving up too soon is probably the biggest reason people fail at achieving their goals. Some expect quick results and when they don’t get it, they feel discouraged and quit. Some just can’t handle setbacks. They assume success will be somewhat easy so when they’re dealt with a major setback, they give up.

Not giving up doesn’t require talent. What it requires is a desire that’s strong enough to get them through any setbacks they might face. If you want to succeed bad enough, you’ll keep going despite the obstacles you will face.

I hope you can now see that talent isn’t required to be successful. Yes, with talent, success can come more easily. With talent, you will have some advantages over others. But even with talent, if you don’t work hard, you won’t get very far. Talented people can become discouraged as well and quit.

Now here’s something you might not have thought about. Far too many people look at someone successful and automatically assume they’re talented even when the reality is, those successful people got there through hard work and determination.

In other words, talent is overrated. If you work hard at your goals and become successful, someone will think you got there through talent or luck. It’s just how many people think. Since they couldn’t succeed, it must mean success comes down to talent and/or luck.

So please don’t limit yourself by thinking success requires talent. Have a strong desire for your dreams, work hard, go the extra mile, learn from your mistakes, believe in yourself, and never give up… if you can do these things, your chances of being highly successful will be quite big.

Here’s a motivation video about hard work:

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