In general, I am not a social media type of guy. But given our world seems to be forcing everyone in that direction, especially in business, I do find myself looking at Facebook more and more. But I am not looking for the latest dish someone cooked, or how great someone’s vacation was. I have zero interest in those people who find it necessary to show you pictures of themselves in bikinis or muscle guys who are shirtless. Worse yet are those guys who pose in front of sports cars or private jets trying to tell you how you too can have these things – like having a private jet is the be-all and end-all to happiness in life. And I absolutely have no interest in political arguments that almost always end up in name-calling.
However, occasionally, I do see something that gets my attention that usually has to do with some good, solid business advice. Yesterday, I saw a post from a guy I have great respect for, Kent Clothier Sr. He owns a company named Memphis Invest, and they happen to be one of the best-run companies I have ever known. He is in his upper 60s – maybe even early 70s, and is old-school for sure. But old-school doesn’t mean it isn’t great advice. I too am old-school, even though I am not yet 60.
His post was very simple. The 10 things that require zero talent. The list is below. What was not said is that if you do or exhibit most or all of these characteristics, I promise you will have success in whatever you do. He is right. None of these things require talent. And talented people can end up failures because they do not execute some of these most basic characteristics. Many of these are related to attitude and work ethic. I have always said that a positive, can-do attitude will overcome just about any fault.
Whether you are self-employed or work for someone else, these things can make or break your level of success. If you are struggling, take a hard look at yourself and see where you stand in each of these areas. Then lace up your boots and get to work!