10 Things Anyone Can Do

Key takeaways

  • Some things take talent to do well. Things like playing a musical instrument, singing and dancing, creative artwork, sports, etc.
  • I’ve got a list of 10 things that absolutely anyone can do. And, if you do them, you’ll be successful.
  • Things like being on time, having a good attitude, being coachable, going the extra mile, and others, require no talent whatsoever. Even though anyone can do these things, they’re vitally important to success.
  • Try it and you’ll see how easy it really is.

On occasion, I spontaneously break out into song and dance. Of course, somebody always reminds me, “Keep your day job,” because of my lack of talent. That segues nicely into 10 things people can do that don’t require any talent. I like these 10 things because I’ve found that anyone can do these really well.

10 Things Anyone Can Do

  1. Be on time. Yes, I know it’s hard. Life makes it tough to get places on time because so many unexpected things can happen in between, which makes it difficult to stay on schedule. But you can do it.
  2. Work ethic. We all love people who do what they say they’re going to do and who actually work hard to make it happen.
  3. Effort. Put in the effort necessary to get the job done right—whatever that job happens to be.
  4. Body language. It’s easy to tell when somebody’s physically there, but not truly there. Everything in the person’s body language says, “I want to be somewhere else.” It’s important to have an awareness of your body language and make it line up with where you are at the time.
  5. Energy. I tend to have a high energy level. People say that about me and I find that those with high energy levels can typically complete a lot of things. It’s helpful to maintain a high energy level throughout the day. It makes the task of living a little easier.
  6. Attitude. Yes, I’m talking about that old PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) we heard about in the 1970s and ‘80s. A good attitude, an attitude that is relevant to what you’re doing, is beneficial in many different areas.
  7. Passion. You’ve got to love what you do. You won’t have passion if you don’t love what you do and what you’re all about. Passion comes from purpose—from understanding what you’re put on Earth to do.
  8. Coachability. This one is extremely important. There are countless people out there who know so much more than you and I do. Their advice and tips can help us in unimaginable ways if only we allow ourselves to be coachable.
  9. Extra. Do the extra thing. Go the extra mile. Make the extra effort. Doing extra can make someone else’s life easier; it can make many things easier for a lot of people, including you.
  10. Be prepared. Always show up prepared for wherever you’re going, or for whoever is coming to where you are. People like that because they know that you’ve prepared for them.

I love these 10 things, especially because it takes zero talent whatsoever to do them. Anyone can become successful simply by doing these 10 things. Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country.  He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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