How to Make an Impact at Work with “Zero” Talent

I think we can all agree that it’s easy to compare our strengths and weaknesses with everybody else.


But here’s the thing… you’re always going to find someone smarter than you, or funnier than you, or prettier than you.

So how can you still make an impact at your workplace even though you may feel like compared to coworkers your talents just don’t measure up?

Well lucky for you, we’re here to tell you about some simple attitudes and behaviors you can exhibit at the workplace that don’t take talent but they do take motivation.

Being On Time

Being late is not a good look. Nobody wants to catch you up on the 10+ minutes you missed at the meeting or wait for you to get the project started. Being on time (or 10 minutes early preferably) makes you look professional and put together.



Being Prepared

Have you ever heard the saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”? Well, it’s true. Sure being prepared may take a little bit more time and effort but do you know what it doesn’t take? Talent.



Doing Extra

Did your boss ask you to come in a little early to discuss topics of a meeting? Did a coworker ask you to stay a little late to help them with a project? Say yes to this opportunities. It won’t go unnoticed. Go that extra mile. I promise it will be worth it.



Staying Positive

Sure sometimes things aren’t always rainbows and sunshine at the workplace. Sometimes goals aren’t met. Sometimes setbacks happen. But you know what determines the direction your company goes from there? Your attitude. You know what takes absolutely zero talent? Having a positive attitude.



Having Energy

I know, I know work is just that… WORK. But finding the energy to complete projects, meet deadlines, and help coworkers separates the great workers from the “blah” workers. Disclaimer: coffee may be necessary to make this happen.





Being Coachable

Okay, so you don’t have any talent but that doesn’t mean you can’t LEARN. Receiving feedback, learning from it, and embracing (constructive) criticism makes you a better employee and takes no talent.


The workplace can be an overwhelming place filled with competition and comparison but instead of focusing on talents you don’t have, try focusing on behaviors you can have.

Simple attitudes can make even the most “talentless” employee one of the company’s best!

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