Talent, it’s something we all hope we discover in ourselves one way or another.
Some we are aware of from a very young age, whilst others take time to develop or even lay hidden until we’re much older and have more free time to develop them.
However, there are so many things you can do to aid your personal development with absolutely no talent at all.
Are you making the most of yourself? Here’s five things that require zero talent!
Being on time
Something I struggle with, I have the ability to drive my friends crazy with it.
Friends will, or should, accept you for who you are. I’m always last minute, however when it comes to work I get there with time to spare to prepare for my day – in most cases anyway.
Rushing around in the morning greatly affects your productivity, your brain doesn’t have time to decompress and you fill it full of adrenaline and an afternoon crash invariably follows.
Get up with plenty of time to spare, slow down and arrive earlier.
Something I definitely don’t struggle with. My first employer was my mum back in the days she was still running pubs, and when you work for my mother, you WORK!
I always wanted to know why she seemed more harsh on me compared with the other staff if she caught me doing nothing. Her answer was simple, “you’re my son and therefore should know better!”
At that point I’d usually be handed a mop and told to clean the toilets.
It set me up for life, I went in to every job thinking I had to do more, not try and go under the radar if I couldn’t be bothered – we all have those days let’s face it.
I never stood around waiting for opportunities, I made sure the powers that be thought there was no other option for a promotion than me and I’ve been fairly successful everywhere I’ve been.
Put in the extra effort, get noticed for the right reasons and reap the rewards.
Are you always giving your best effort?
Talent is one thing, but without incredible work ethic top stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo would never had made it to the top of his profession.
What he has is an insatiable appetite to better himself and win.
I’ve trained guys in sales and have often found the people who had been around the game for a bit were a bit, shall we say cocky.
Some knew it all, after all they had a good track record in sales.
However, it was the quiet ones who had never sold on the phone before that always used to amaze me the most – one in particular who went on to be my top guy on my team.
He listened to everything I said and put in absolutely maximum effort and inside two months was top sales man not just in my office, but the country.
Make the most of what you have and always give your best effort.
This is a real pet hate of mine.
There is nothing worse than walking into an office, shop, restaurant or whatever, and seeing someone sat there slouched in a chair looking uninterested.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
If you give off a negative vibe your cards are already being marked by your employer.
Sit up straight, smile more and if you’re in sales get on your bloody feet. I’ve never met a great salesman yet that sits slouched in their chair all day!
Having a positive, can do attitude opens up so many more doors.
Honestly, try it. I never go into anything believing I can’t do it. By telling yourself you can’t you’ve already failed.
There’s a phrase I really hate that we guilty of here in the UK, particularly up North – the phrase “‘I’m not bad”.
If someone asks you how you are ditch “not bad”, what does that even mean anyway? If you’re not bad then surely you’re good? Great? Fantastic?
Anything but not bad, be positive!
What hidden talents do you have?
He is also a contributor to Clear Debt, ICOUNT Money and M1 Debt Advice blogs discussing all things personal finance.