We tend to think of success as a linear path; like an arrow that shoots up from rock bottom to the nirvana of success in a slanted rise. It’s not. The path to success is more like a toddler doodle with plenty of U-turns, twisty roads, bumpy tracks as well as ups and downs. We’re sure that you’ve come across many articles that say that to be successful, you have to be talented, passionate, hardworking, perseverant, and goal-oriented. They say that if you lack any of these qualities, success is going to be elusive. Don’t believe it. Everyone is successful in some way or another.
The only thing that you truly need to be successful is the will to succeed – everything else can be worked around to become milestones in your path to success. Your success can only be measured and enjoyed by you, and by the unique person that you are. Here are five ways you can be successful, even when you lack a so-called quality or two…
1. The Talentless but Dedicated Path
Sometimes, you have the will, but it’s the way that’s unclear in that you are not sure what your talent is, or whether you even have any! What can and will work for you in this scenario depends on your seniority level. If you are on a senior level, find the right talent who can work for you. And if you are in a junior position, become an incredibly dedicated and passionate employee willing to go that extra mile. Your dedication and passion will propel you to be successful, one way or another.
2. The Passionless but Talented Path
You may have plenty of talent and dedication, but somewhere you lack passion in presenting your work. The thing is, if you are good at what you do, but cannot convince others of your dedication, fake it. Make sure you talk about your work and give your presentations with enthusiasm – you may indeed lack the zeal, but not everyone has to know that. If you continue to project fervor in what you do, successful managerial positions should not be hard to achieve.
3. The Work Shirking but Talented Path
We cannot all be the ants; some of us are also grasshoppers! While you have the talent and the passion, somewhere you are a tad laid back about your work. Find out what’s causing you to not find your work interesting enough – a boss that’s curbing your creativity, or a problem that seems insurmountable – solve these issues to get that temporary I-just-don’t-feel-like-working phase behind you. If your work history has gotten you to a senior position, make sure that you hard work enough to retain it.
4. The Talentless and Passionless Path
We’ve all come across these people who are a stickler for the rules and are a dedicated lot. These are the people for whom success is dependent on perseverance and a love for rules. Maybe they don’t have the talent or the passion, but they do know that their ladder of success has rungs of unbending and untiring dedication. Administrative and organizational jobs work best for them. They lack any unique talents and may not even be the brightest bulb around – but their willingness to work makes them successful.
5. The Passionless and Work Shirking Path
You have the talent but lack the passion as well the hard work needed to succeed. This path will lead you to be averagely successful. Top boss positions may not be for you. While you may like the power, the responsibility it entails starts to grind on you. Your success would best be enjoyed at the sidelines where your talent is used as a consultant, a freelancer, or as a committee member of sorts where the work is cursory but suited to your unique capabilities.
So there you have it – five real world scenarios of real people who may not have all that it takes to acheive success as per experts, but can still make what they have work to the best of their abilities and achieve their definition of success. So remember, you too can will yourself to succeed.
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