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5 Reasons Why Success Has Almost Nothing to Do With Skill

Drive and discipline matter far more than talent when it comes to achievement.

Being skilled does not guarantee success.

Sure, highly successful people have various skills that some of us don’t. But they also possess perseverance and passion. Success is not just about being a visionary or being technically proficient in a certain area. It’s about digging deep and having the drive to push forward. It’s about having an unwavering attitude that failure is not an option.

As an entrepreneur, I can assure you that whatever “success” I have experienced did not come from the execution of a grand vision or being an expert in some particular area.

According to Brent Gleeson – contributor, experience, success has more to do with drive than skill. Here’s why.

1. Skill doesn’t guarantee outcome. The world is full of highly skilled individuals who have done very little. When running a business, building a startup, or leading a team, the skills you need to fulfill your day-to-day responsibilities take you only so far. You need drive and discipline to do the rest.

2. Skill doesn’t create opportunities. Opportunities aren’t gifts; they are created. By you. I hear people complain all the time that other people have had better opportunities or that they have just been unlucky. What I hear are excuses. In business, opportunities and luck are a result of hard work. Plain and simple.

3. Skill doesn’t limit failure. The path to success is paved with failure. You will fail time and again, but if you look at those experiences as learning opportunities, you will start to fail less as you mature.

4. Skill doesn’t remove obstacles. It doesn’t matter how proficient you are at your trade. Obstacles are inevitable. New roadblocks will arise daily. It’s about how you negotiate these obstructions and proactively adapt your plan. Preparation is far more important than planning. Planning doesn’t ensure that obstacles won’t arise. But preparation allows you the ability to be ready when they do.

5. Skill doesn’t create intuition. Some might call it street smarts. Harry S. Truman once said, “The ‘C’ students run the world.” Thank the Lord! There is hope for me still. Book smarts take you to one level and can create certain opportunities, but they don’t take you all the way. Sometimes intuition and going with your gut on even critical decisions are what’s necessary. Doing so creates forward motion and eliminates analysis paralysis.

Be as skilled as you possibly can be at whatever it is you are passionate about. Never assume you know everything. Always be training. But also understand that hard work, perseverance, creating new opportunities, and being unaccepting of failure is what will lead to success.


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