Some of us are more gifted with talents and acquired skills than others. But, that doesn’t automatically give a person a better shot at their professional success than others. In fact, in my life I have met many exceptionally talented people who failed to be successful because they didn’t apply themselves in the ways that they should. These are things that you can do to set yourself apart that require no talent. These qualities are highly valued and will contribute to your success in whatever you choose to do in life.

Show a sincere passion for your work.

If you show a genuine passion for what you do, you will ultimately be more successful. When you are truly passionate about something, you will be inspired and driven to succeed.  When you really care about what you do, you will be much more likely to apply yourself and produce your best work.

Always be prepared.

It requires no talent to be prepared, yet when you are prepared, you will really stand out from the rest. If you have the best presentation in the room because you practiced, you capture the best meeting notes, you are always on time, and you always seem to know what is expected of you, you will outshine your peers. Being prepared shows initiative and responsibility, which are two invaluable qualities which can’t be taught.

Be coachable.

You might be surprised how people will forgive and forget your mistakes as long as you are coachable and learn from them. Seek feedback from others, and apply their feedback to improve the quality of your work. However, if you make a mistake, and you do not take the feedback with stride, your mistakes will not so easily be forgotten. Show self-awareness, be open to feedback, and address any skill gaps that you have.