10 Things That Require Zero Talent

September 12, 2018

Categories: Work

My uncle, Keith Nord, is a former NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings. After he retired from football, he worked as a motivational speaker. Currently, he’s battling Stage 4 cancer. His old special teams coach visited him the other day. He said that Keith wasn’t the biggest kid out there, or the fastest, but he was smart and worked the hardest EVERYDAY. In honor of Keith, here is his list of 10 things that require zero talent:

10 Things That Require Zero Talent

  1. Being on time. Everyone can be on time. It simply requires the discipline to get up early enough to make your commitment. Also, it’s a good idea to give yourself some extra buffer in case things happen like traffic.
  2. Work ethic. Always be the hardest worker in the room. Arrive early and leave late. Be disciplined and tackle your growth edges.
  3. Effort. Don’t half-ass your work. Give 100% effort every day. Bring your full self to each activity you engage in.
  4. Body language. Have good posture. Stand up straight. Don’t slump in your chair. When listening to someone, sit squarely and lean in. Make eye contact. Show people you are interested in them with your body language.
  5. Energy. Be upbeat. Get moving and get things moving. Make sure you get enough sleep and your nutrition is on point, so you can maintain your energy throughout the day.
  6. Attitude. Have a positive attitude. Don’t complain. When tough things happen, don’t get down. Instead, look at them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  7. Passion. Develop a love for what you do. Delve deep into your job. Find the fire within you, and let it drive you forward. Think “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky movies.
  8. Being coachable. Be humble. Don’t think you know everything already. Be open to correction and feedback. Strive to learn something new every day.
  9. Doing extra. The average worker tries to meet the standard set for them. If you want to stand out, go above and beyond and do extra. When you complete a task, make sure it has the “WOW” factor.
  10. Being prepared. Make sure you are ready for your day. Prepare ahead of time. Do your homework. Don’t show up for meetings without knowing your stuff.

Discussion: Which of these 10 things could you implement in your life today?


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  1. Maureen Nelson September 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply


    I am so glad you posted this. Keith and Jen are friends of mine and when I read it on their site the other day my first thought was every young athlete should see this. then I corrected myself and thought EVERY HUMAN BEING should read this. Keith is a great example of what living this list can do. He is one of the best people I have ever come to know and by far the best listener I have ever come in contact with. Thank you for honoring his way of life by sharing with your readers. I count myself as a very lucky person to have him in my life – as I am sure do you.

    Thank you

  2. Lyndsay ‘ September 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Keith is amazing at #4. Whenever we would talk he always made me feel like what I had to say was important, valid and that I was the only person in the room. He also challenged me to think bigger.

  3. Patsy Pedersen September 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Keith is my cousin also. Our prayers are with you and all your family! He’s a fine example of a good man who shares his good! He used to hunt on my parents farm and brought some other Vikings a few times. Made my mom’s life complete. He was a pall bearser at her funeral. God Bless!

  4. pat murphy September 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    says it all. how to be a good person, good worker and a fine citizen.

  5. Melissa Soule September 19, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Josh, I met your uncle at a Renaissance conference years back and since we have met at many Renaissance conferences. He has inspired me in so many ways. As the parent of an athlete, this will be our dinner conversation tonight as I share with him what a special person your uncle was. Sending you all love and peace.

  6. Joshua Hook September 19, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the comments and support for Keith and the family!

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