When we look at certain industries like sports or acting, we see people who are at the top of their craft.
Athletes who no one can even think of competing with, Ronaldo, LeBron James, Michael Jordan.
Actors people can only dream of mimicking like Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson.
With all these crafts, there is a heap of talent and skill required to succeed.
These people all earn more than anyone else in their industry because they're simply the best at what they do.
They've spent years of work and training to reach this pinnacle of success.
So what about those of us who aren't as talented?
What about those of us who don't have the skills, confidence, charisma, or height?
How do we compete in a sea of so much talent?
How do we stand the same chance and be equally as successful in our own ways?
Luckily for a lot of us, there is no such thing as the 'most talented/skilled wins.'
Today, unfortunately, people are finding unbelievable levels of success with almost no talent or skill.
We see people turning into celebrities every day through the power of social media and platforms like TikTok or Instagram.
People creating pointless content on platforms like YouTube and amassing an insane following overnight.
Once again, however, not everyone could get a break like this.
In fact, even those who seem to 'have it all' overnight, have some traits that put them where they are today.
These traits, once implemented, can make anyone successful without needing to be at the top of their game.
Without needing to reinvent the wheel.
Without having to be skilled or smart.
Today, we're going to be discussing the 5 things every entrepreneur needs that don't require any talent.
The first thing that every entrepreneur needs that don't require any talent is simply being able to put the effort into whatever they do.
Without the skills or talent, you're going to need to find to get an edge on everyone else.
One of the simplest ways to achieve this is by putting in the effort to succeed.
Effort is very simply the 'a determined attempt' at something.
You should be able to put your best foot forward in everything you do.
If you're looking to be successful, it's going to take doing things that others aren't willing to do.
It'd going to take doing things you're not comfortable with, stepping out of your comfort zone, and giving it your all.
Even posting on social media requires effort - when I used to upload YouTube videos, it took me an hour (at least) to record the video.
From here, it tasks many hours to edit the video and make sure it's perfect and enjoyable.
Same for TikTok - my girlfriend, who uploads TikTok videos, tells me that it also takes hours to record and fine-tune videos.
From the outside looking in, it may seem like this all requires nothing but luck - however, putting in the constant effort to think of the idea, record the videos, and edit them, is not just luck.
On top of this, putting up with the criticism you face from haters also requires a strong stomach.
At the end of the day, if you don't have the skills or the talent, effort will get you just as far, if not further.
All it takes is consistency in your efforts, no matter the outcome, and you'll start to see success.
The next thing that every entrepreneur needs that don't require any talent, is a strong work ethic.
Having a better work ethic will always pay off more in the long run than those who don't have a good work ethic.
When you're determined to get things done, you make sure that you work hard in order to succeed, you'll most likely see success.
On the other hand, if you've got the skills, the talent, the education, the degree, but your work ethic is terrible, you won't see success.
When I was still in school, my work ethic was poor.
Although I was very smart and managed to pass my tests with flying colours, as soon as we went into sixth form, my work ethic started to reflect through my results.
As soon as the work got tougher, the modules got harder, my grades plummeted.
I didn't enjoy school and so I didn't make a great effort at fixing this.
However, almost two years ago when I decided to take a leap into entrepreneurship, I made the conscious decision to put 100% into everything I do.
Work ethic is always a work in progress - you can't go from having a bad work ethic to having saint-like work ethic overnight.
You build this habit by consistently putting in the work to improve every day.
Working hard in order to reap the rewards isn't something that requires any sort of talent.
It just requires an undying hunger for success, for small improvements.
I recommend reading 'Atomic Habits' to learn more about this.
Work hard and improve every single day.
Work on building good habits.
Work on maximising your time.
Work on setting goals.
Work on building up routines.
Do this every day, and you've already won half the battle.
I've seen a lot of people talking about passion.
It doesn't take any talent or skill to be passionate about something.
You don't need to be good at what you like, as long as you're passionate, right?
There's a very specific reason I don't agree with passion as an anchor for success.
Passion doesn't pay bills - in a lot of cases at least.
We can look all day at the plethora of people who have found success in a domain they're passionate about.
Gaming, music, art, sports.
The reality, however, is these require skills.
You most likely need to be good at what you do to make money from gaming, you need to be a good musician to earn money from it, and so on.
On top of this, passion will turn into pain when you realise that it's not very easy to find success in your niche.
The first types of YouTube videos I ever uploaded were gaming videos.
I spent months recording, uploading, and barely saw any results.
On the other hand, there are people who upload a video a week or even a month and do so much better.
The constant effort with the lack of results leads to a lack of passion in that given field.
In my case, at least, passion has never helped me.
That's why I believe that interest is what really matters.
Being genuinely interested in a specific field makes you hungry to learn more about it.
Before starting Hawk Prospecting, I had no knowledge about SaaS or coding.
I didn't know anything about coding and I didn't know how to write a single line of code.
However, my interest in the SaaS business model drove me to keep learning, keep exploring.
Today, I own Hawk Prospecting - my very own SaaS business.
I was interested enough in SaaS that I spent my time learning and educating myself about it.
Passion has never taken me this far, however, my interests have.
I've now built something that I can eventually scale as far as my heart desires.
Having an interest in SaaS didn't require any sort of skills or talent.
All it needed was, well... interest.
Find something that genuinely interests you, a business model you really like, and learn all about it.
You either learn about it and build your own business, or you learn about it and become a coach in that space.
It's a win-win situation.
When I started a marketing agency almost a year ago, I thought that I had found my life calling.
I thought that I discovered something that will change my life forever.
You can learn all about this story in this article here.
Long story short, not long after, I fell into the worst state of mind ever.
I started to sleep super late because I didn't want to wake up and experience sadness and depression again.
I woke up late because as soon as I work up, I'd have to relive the horrors of the day before.
When I sat down to do work, I was ruined, lacking any sort of motivation to get working.
I was anxious and worried about the future.
The business was going terribly and I couldn't help but think what the future could hold if I kept going at this rate.
It wasn't until I discovered the cure, that I started to feel alive again.
I started to write about my experience with the agency and I started to keep an open mind to see what helped me feel better.
I then sat down to write a book, 30,000 words long, within a week.
Although the book is not released, it was a way for me to snap back to reality.
I saw the pain and pressure I had put myself under and I finally decided to give up on the agency.
Not because I failed, but because there were signs telling me it's time to quit.
I finally started to see that I actually have so much already, I just got lost in my vision, my greed for success.
There was so much I need to be grateful for.
This simple realisation helped me build a positive attitude towards what I do.
If you have the opportunity to work on your own self, if you have the opportunity to work on your future, you're a lot luckier than you think.
Go at everything with a positive attitude.
Go at everything with the attitude that you're already successful, but be prepared to fail.
Failure is inevitable, success also could be with the right attitude.
Sit down and think about how truly privileged you are, how much you really have.
This will make you feel so much better and more positive about yourself.
A positive attitude cannot be matched - when you're happy with what you do, no one can beat you.
However, when everything you do is from a point of desperation, you're not going to be able to think straight, you're not going to be able to win.
Being positive requires absolutely no skill or talent, just a simple mindset shift.
If you continue to do the same thing you've always done and expect a different outcome, you're insane.
The truth is that if you're not where you want to be in life, it's because you don't know how to get there.
This, however, doesn't mean you can't learn how to get there.
The fifth and final thing every entrepreneur needs that don't require any talent is being coachable and wanting to learn.
You've simply got to accept the fact that you don't know what you don't know and that what you do know isn't going to get you where you want to be in life.
Having a big vision also requires big changes in order to reach them.
Running a £10m/year business or £100m/year business isn't going to happen if you go at it with who you are now.
You need to be willing to relearn everything you thought you knew.
You're going to have to put your ego aside and accept the fact that you don't know it all.
I was quickly hit in the face with this realisation when I failed my first dropshipping store.
I thought that since I was book smart, I would be able to succeed in anything else I want to do.
This simply was not true.
Being book smart and business smart are two polar opposites.
Therefore, when I picked up the first book I ever read, I decided that I will make learning part of my life.
From then, I've read dozens of books and don't think I'll be stopping any time soon.
If you're looking for great book recommendations, here are the 5 books every entrepreneur must-read.
Find a mentor, a coach, someone who's done what you're looking to do and can help you get there.
If not, then use YouTube. Here are four 'gurus' I recommend keeping an eye on if you're looking to grow a business.
The point is, keep learning.
Learning something new doesn't require any skills or talents.
All you need is to be open to learning new things.
Find out how you learn best - videos, writing, taking action, and just do it.
Those are the 5 things every entrepreneur needs that don't require any talent.
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