5 Things You Already Have That Will Make You Successful

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Today I will tell you why you can be successfulMost of us have different levels of motivation, depending on our personalities and circumstances. Some people, by nature, are just go-getters, while others need to be told to get off their bum to go and do something. Then you get other people that really cannot be bothered. They just take things as they come and never have any real motivation to push their self to achieve anything worthwhile.

Most of us can motivate ourselves in one way or another, whether it is through fear, need, or a burning desire. When it comes to being successful, motivation is definitely one of the key ingredients in the mix, but there are various other things that you will need in order to be successful if you want to make money or achieve any other goal you set for yourself.

Here I have listed 5 most people have that could definitely make them successful.

1. You Have Talents You Can Use

Every person in this world has been blessed with at least one talent to do something special. The thing is, most of us never dig deep enough to challenge ourselves enough to see what those talents really are. Or perhaps we do know what those talents are, but we choose not to use them, either because we can’t be bothered or maybe because we feel that it’s not really within our destiny or whatever other excuses it might be.

I know a young guy who is an extremely talented artist. He can draw pictures with a charcoal pencil, and it will look exactly like a photo. To see this man in action is really something to behold, and not a lot of people have got the talent to draw as he does. Unfortunately, he barely utilizes this talent. The only time he really uses this remarkable talent is when he draws portraits for people to buy alcohol. It really is a shame if people squander their talent. So if you look within yourself, you’ll probably see there is something you are particularly good at. Perhaps it might even be being an exceptional parent. Perhaps you just have a special knack for always making a room looks special when you decorate it. It could even be something like making flower arrangements. Maybe it is even something that you used to do when you were a child and have since sort of forgotten about it. I am sure if you dig deep enough, you will find something you are really good at.

Now you can use this particular talent of yours, and you can use that in some way or another to try and make an extra part-time income for yourself. Let’s take the example of being a good parent. Every day there are thousands upon thousands of new parents every day that do not fully know what to do with a new baby when the babies are a bit older or as they grow through the different stages in life. You might be an expert at how to deal with your child, and your parents and grandparents might have given you valuable information that you might think everyone else will know. There are people out there that do not have that knowledge. Their parents might, unfortunately, be gone already, and they might not know people that could offer them the appropriate advice. They might live in another country on their own without any support system.

If you utilize that talent of yours and say you have a very good tip for how to deal with a colicky baby, you might consider starting a blog in your spare time to share this advice with parents who could be in desperate need of such advice. You might know which medicines work very well for babies and children or all sorts of other tips, which would be valuable information to other people.

I’m not going to go into all the details of how you could make money out of this, but you get a general idea. We all have talents, and somewhere there is someone that could benefit from that talent you have. Whether it is information, coaching, or whatever it may be, you can capitalize on it.

2. You Can Read

You are obviously reading this, which means you have the ability to read. Let me tell you that being able to read is one of the most important tools a person can have because if you can read, you can learn how to overcome different obstacles. You can learn new ways of doing things. You can learn how to do new things. Basically, if you can read it, you can teach yourself or learn how to do a load of different things. One of the major keys to being successful is reading and learning. Most successful people will always say to invest in yourself first, and by reading and learning, you are definitely investing in yourself. I’m not talking here about reading storybooks, but actual things that could benefit you.

When you were at school, you read the textbooks, you studied the material through reading, and you wrote the tests and passed. So you acquired new knowledge. I heard a man say one time that the best things in life are located on the top shelf, and the only way you can elevate yourself to reach the nice things located on the top shelf is by standing on books. Obviously, the metaphor illustrates that standing on the books is achieved through reading.

3. You are Resilient

All of us have experienced large setbacks in our lives. It could have been something as devastating as losing a parent or sibling or something relatively small as not passing a job interview. But what do we do after we experience such setbacks in life? Do we sit around and feel sad? Yes, that is a normal part of being human, but we work through it, and we get up, and we just start over again. That is one of the main reasons why you can be successful.

The world is full of people who fail over and over again but never give up. In the end, they reap the rewards, and they fully deserve their success. Too many people think that if you try something once and you don’t succeed, then it’s not for them. The truth is that you will most probably fail at least once. That is usually what they call the learning curve, and if you want to succeed, you just need to get up, dust yourself off and carry on to pursue your goal. This is usually easier said than done, but if you read Mike Geary’s story, you will realize how important it is just to keep on going. We all have it within us.

4. You Have an Imagination

All of us can use our imagination. It’s also one of the most important tools you can use if you want to succeed. I know this is a cliché, but the saying is true “if you can see it, you can achieve it.” Without imagination, you cannot picture yourself doing things to improve your situation. It is perhaps not something we realize consciously, but we do it all the time. The night before an important meeting, you probably lie in bed and imagine how you would handle the meeting, how you might respond to certain questions, or you might imagine what some of the other people might say.

When you want to be successful and you pursue your goals, you also imagine the different steps you’ll need to take. You imagine the different things you would need to accomplish in order to take it forward. You could imagine doing a particular job. For example, you imagine yourself standing in a workshop using various hand tools to create beautiful crafts you could sell online. You see yourself taking photos of your crafts, writing descriptions of them, and telling all the unique features you see in that products the way only you can because you created them with your own hands. You see yourself advertising it online, handling the payments, and mailing out your items.

So before even doing anything in the physical world, you create the whole story in your head, and by doing that, you literally see yourself going through everything and doing what you need to do to make your dream a reality. This is what sets the human race apart from the animal kingdom. It is the unique ability that we can imagine doing different things and actually going and doing them.

5. You Have the Resources

If you are sitting and reading this either on a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or any other device capable of web browsing, then you are in a better position than half of the world’s population who live on less than $2.50 a day. If you live in an apartment or house and have had a warm meal, you can count yourself very lucky. You most probably find yourself in either a first-world country or a developing country.

This means that you have a large number of resources you can use to realize your dreams. If you have access to the internet and nothing else, you can basically learn all you need to learn, and you can start to make money for yourself. In an earlier post, I showed when I first started how I made money online without spending anything using a free blogging service and product I already owned and used. If I am capable of achieving that, any person reading this with a sound mind can do exactly the same. And as you make more money, that will give you access to more resources.

Also, don’t discount people. Human capital is one of our most important resources to us. Now please don’t take this the wrong way. I am not talking about people being resources in the same way as natural minerals. I mean it in the way that you can go and talk to people who have achieved success or have done something you would like to do, and you can ask them what advice they have to offer you or if they have any other information that could be of use to you. They could even teach you how to do what it is you want to.

If you need money, you could go to the bank for a loan, or you could search online for government grants for start-up entrepreneurs. Some councils provide thousands of pounds per year towards training to people who want to start a business. There are development banks that provide low-interest loans and favorable repayment terms, and most of the time, they do not require any collateral. There are so many different sources of funding you could pursue. The Business Gateway has a wealth of information, and a lot of countries might have similar gateways running. All you need to do is to go look for it. As they say, the world is your oyster.


We have all heard the stories of people going from rags to riches. We can all achieve a reasonable level of success. All of us have got everything we need within us to be successful. You just need to believe in yourself and go out and take action. If any person in the world achieves what you want, it is immediate proof that it is possible. On the surface, it might seem that what other people have got, all their successes, was easy. That’s not always the story. Unless they inherited everything, then you could have a valid argument, but if they have not, I’m sure there was a lot of hard work involved. As Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.”

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About Maki Hojo

Maki Hojo is a student at the University of Michigan. A foodie since birth, she enjoys cooking, eating, photographing, reading about, and playing with any and all types of food. Her idolization of culinary delights is complemented by her active spirit - she enjoys running, swimming, barre classes, and even spontaneous bursts of interpretative dance if the mood strikes her.