The Skills You Need To Be an Outstanding Employee Require No Talent

I don’t know about you, but I love to see others succeed. I love the feeling of watching as they achieve their goals, make it happen and really experience the kind of power and control that comes with really being successful. I love that my social media newsfeeds are filled with success stories. While some people might complain about all the skinny wrap newsfeeds and the Beachbody newsfeeds and the feeds where people are promoting their blogs, their work, their clients; I love it. I love it because those are people unafraid to put it out there, to show off their success and to not care what anyone thinks of them.

What annoys me is seeing the complaints and the poor me posts. I am not going to lie when I say that if you do nothing but use social media as a constant therapist for your problems, I will delete you. A bad day is something we all experience. However, we don’t focus on the negatives or the bad days. We focus on the good in life; the happy moments are the ones that matter the most. In an effort to be completely honest, I complain sometimes on social media. It’s not easy to be a mom with four kids, including 2-year-old twins, all the time. You will occasionally find me complain about the hateful comments that people make in public (do you really find it necessary to tell me you’d kill yourself if you had four kids? Being blessed with little people doesn’t seem like much of a reason to do that…). But you won’t see me dwell.

Over the years, I’ve noticed a trend with the negatives and the poor me’s. These people all have something in common; they don’t think that they are good enough. They don’t think that they are enough. They let other people control their thoughts and their emotions, and they spend far too much time comparing themselves to others. It’s unattractive, yes; but it’s also something anyone can change. It’s not easy to change, and it’s not easy to create a new frame of mind when you’re so set in your unhappy ways. However, it’s possible. I’ve seen it all from people complaining they aren’t disciplined enough to work online, or they’re not good writers, or they’re not good at exercise, or they’re not good at learning or at any trade or skill or job.

Friends, we are all good at something. I’m not a good cook, but if I were a chef in a restaurant I’m sure I’d feel like a hopeless failure. Fortunately, I know that cooking isn’t a talent and that I have other talents on which I can focus. Changing your mindset about what you’re not good at can change your life. When you focus on what you need no talent for, you will find that you are better at your job, better at finding a job, better at being successful. Change your life; at work, at home and everywhere in between. You need no talent for any of the following.

Putting forth the effort

Do you feel that you’re not going anywhere at work? Put forth some more effort and see how that might change your outlook. When you put forth more effort to do a better job, to learn more, to make a difference, it makes a difference in your life. It certainly doesn’t take any talent to work harder and smarter.

Being punctual

It’s not that difficult to wake up with your alarm, get ready and get to work on time. You might not be the most talented or most intelligent or most educated person in the office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be the most punctual. Perhaps it doesn’t seem like much to you, but I’d certainly promote the person that goes the extra mile with his or her effort and is always punctual over the person who is naturally talented at his or her job but is unreliable. See that?

A good attitude

You do not need any type of talent at anything in the world to have a good attitude. You simply have to change the way you think and put forth the positivity it takes to have a good attitude. Some days are more difficult than others, but when you make a conscious effort to remind yourself to change your attitude, it’s far easier than you might imagine. An employee with a good attitude is always one worth keeping around.

A desire to learn

Let’s take two different people. Person A is a person with a high IQ, a quick knack for picking up new things and a very enviable way of just being good at everything. However, that person doesn’t think that there is anything left for him to learn; he’s just that smart. Person B is not as smart, doesn’t have a genius IQ and is not naturally good at every single thing. However, person B does have a desire to learn. Person B knows that there are always new and better ways of doing things, that there is always a lesson to be learned and something that someone else can teach them.

Person B is the person that that most employers would rather have in their employ. Keep this in mind; the next time you feel that your career or even your life is not going anywhere because you’re not talented, remember that you don’t need talent. All you need to succeed in your career is a desire to learn, a good attitude, a great worth ethic and the kind of energy that makes people want to work with you.

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