How To Be Talented In ANY Subject That You Want


A couple of weeks ago, I was at a charity seminar called Learnathon.

For the unaware, Learnathon was a social media driven philanthropic initiative that is meant to raise funds for the victims of the recent flooding disasters in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

When I was first contacted, I agreed to do the seminar without hesitation. It was my way of giving back with all the accumulated success that I have achieved over the years. And I am glad to announce that we managed to raise $132,850 for the flood victims.

Moreover, getting together 14 of Asia’s top wealth creation and motivational speakers was a fantastic idea to help do charity, and share the secrets to financial freedom at the same time.

While I was at the event sharing the secrets to my success, a lot of people approached me saying they were very inspired by my success story.

And while I was seated at the front seat listening to the other speakers (There are a total of 14 of us), I find that we all have something in common that separate us from the underachiever.

And that thing is “Taking Massive Action

Now, we are all born with the same potential for success. There, I said it.

I am a strong believer in that.

People can argue with me and say things like:

‘Jaz, I am not talented in this…’

OR even things like:

‘But I am born into a poor family, I have people to take care of, I don’t have the time…’ and all that blah blah blah.

None of that matters. When I hear such things, I only can think of one word – ‘excuses’.

The fact remains that despite being inspired by my personal success story, most people don’t know that I wasn’t born a talented marketer, a speaker, or a business owner.

They are skills which I picked up along the way in my life.

I sure didn’t come out of my mom’s stomach knowing that I wanted to do Internet Marketing. Heck, Internet Marketing didn’t even exist at that time!

And when I was in my teens, I flunked most of my subjects in school. Especially my English and Chinese, and of course, Science.

When I graduated, I started out with a fashion retail business, which flopped and landed me in huge debt.

Most people would have given up by now. I had nothing to my name at that time. It was indeed the lowest point in my life.

But I was encouraged by this phrase which I read from somewhere before – “When you are at the bottom, there is no other way to go but up.”

I sure didn’t have the money after that to get myself professionally trained in public speaking, so that I can speak in seminars.

(Even up till this day, I still feel a little nervous in front of a crowd.)

In fact, many don’t know this as well, but I am not proficient with web technologies.

Throw me PHP or Javascript, and I am more likely to surf Youtube in order to avoid all that eye-boggling programming code (or whatever nonsense you wanna call it).

So if you wanna argue about talent, I sure as hell don’t have that. Definitely not in the Internet Marketing or speaking area.

But really, all I had was the determination to change my life. I didn’t like feeling trapped in debt, and bound by circumstance.

I wanted freedom. I knew deep down inside somewhere, that I can do it if I put my mind to it.

Forget about talent. The secret to that is “massive action”.

If you feel that you are not good at a subject… Then do more of it.

The more you do something, the better you become at it. That’s how those ‘talented’ people become successful. They keep repeating what they do till they become excellent at it.

Just like learning the piano or dancing, working out in the gym, or learning a new language, no one starts out being fantastic.

They put their minds to it, overcome the first hurdle, and then overcome the other challenges that come along the way.

And they don’t give up. The ‘talented’ people are the ones who never say die.

They are the ones who keep going, pushing their limits, and even innovating to see what they can come up with.

Of course, they are also passionate about what they do, otherwise, they wouldn’t do it in the first place.

Eventually, they get so good it becomes a habit.

But most importantly, it is that they DO. They start. They don’t procrastinate and hold off on their actions.

And the same goes for you.

For those who have been complaining that they are not talented, or that they have no idea how to start, understand that it’s a personal trial you have to go through.

So stop complaining. Take it in your stride and do what’s necessary if you want to achieve what you want.

Talented or not, your actions will determine your fate. How willing you are to go through all that, is entirely your choice.


Categories : Personal Life


  1. Ricky Lien says:

    Yes Jaz, I agree totally. Nothing like perseverance even after you have setbacks. The secret of course, is to take action, and that is MASSIVE action. If that does not work, I change the strategy to something that will make it work. Then again, take MASSIVE action. Do it until you get it. We must get over our feelings of dread. And the only way out and through is to do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain. Imagine the success, imagine what is waiting at the end of the tunnel. Then go for it.
    Thanks for the post, Jaz. Good luck to all in our alumni in our pursuit of knowledge and financial freedom.

  2. Motivating content.

    Determination and concentration are the main ingredients to achieve success.



  3. Kory says:

    Jaz, I agree with you. Our journey is all about our actions……We just need to stay focus, being consistent and perseverance, then Success is in front of us.

  4. Yes, Jaz, I totally agree with you. Take MASSIVE ACTION. You are a living example of taking MASSIVE ACTION and therefore succeed.
    As I told Lionel, I will be taking action these couple of months. Wish me success

  5. Fernando Hererra says:

    Thanks Jaz,
    Great message, powerful and inspiring!

  6. Amos says:

    Very inspiring!

    I like what u said …

    “When you are at the bottom, there is no other way to go but up.”

  7. Norberto says:

    Hi Jaz,

    Nothing is far from the truth on what you say. You are absolutely correct in my opinion!

    I call it “Mastery” as the key which requires as you said “Masive Action”. Of course you need to be passionate in what you do and has to believe in yourself that you can do it.

    Keep up the good work of sharing these inspirational stories that will serve as an inspiration to all who need it.

  8. Ozan says:

    this is a very strong reminder and the real secret of success.
    Thank you very much for sharing this encouraging article =) and welcome back =D
    I missed your emails =)

  9. Kritanan says:

    Hey Jazz, you have good public standing in your neborhood. You have done good thing, you will get triple of return. This is true in Budhism believe. You know the riches man in Thailand, Mr. Thanin Jeravanon,CEO of Food industry. He always
    contributed donation to public and recognized by international orgainzations.

    Keep doing for public recnition you will be one of the guys as public hero.
    Thanks for your contribution to the victims in Asia. I just think if we some time see
    in BKK to talk about biz. You know that the south east asia will be the area of trade
    international trade zone like Euro zone. In 32 months the South East Asian Free
    Trade zone will be open. Singapore is the nation to join the prosperity.

    You can imagine how bis of this new energing market? Thailand is working towards to open the opportunity for interedted foreign countries to set up biz.
    China is aggressively doing as leader in this region. I expect the great people
    are coming the set up biz here.

    Think you are interesyed too. So, let think how to exchange the biz to set a joint
    activities. Just think about it.

    Have a good day, Jazz.


  10. Madeline says:

    Thanks for sharing such an inspirational message, Jaz! 🙂 I totally agree with everything especially “If you feel that you are not good at a subject… Then do more of it. Eventually, they get so good it becomes a habit.”

    I like to share that when my daughter just started her piano lessons, she procrastinated a lot, refused to practise and preferring to play (which is naturally for a 4.5 yr old then). So I ‘forced’ her to practise everyday and now, she’s so good at it that it has become a habit, and she takes the initiative to play the piano, even playing new pieces of music her teacher has not taught!

    Practice makes perfect, and builds confidence which in turns lead to great passion/interest in the subject.

  11. david tay says:

    Thanks for sharing your opinion and observation.

    Combining both determination and the passion are 2 great points to achieving success in whatsoever we’re doing.

    One always gotta think positively ahead of all the obstacles and failures which seems to be always waiting for us all.

    Congratulations on the success of the charity seminar and let’s hope it inspires more people to come forward to help.

  12. Hi Jaz,
    I enjoy reading your article, it’s a motivational!
    “Talented or not, your actions will determine your fate. How willing you are to go through all that, is entirely your choice.”
    The importance here is willing which is really depend on it’s willing “power” from inside! We can’t expect a lot from anyone if there is no energy or power of willingness!
    Achmad K W

  13. Sam says:


    Thanks for your advise, from now onward I will stay “FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS!” on doing whatever require to be done to reach there (SUCCESS!) one day.

  14. Howard Lim says:

    You’ve proved us the wisdom to success!
    “Any of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”- Thomas Edison

  15. Osama Khan says:

    Yes i totally agree with you,

    To have success come your way, Being focused and stay vigilant with your aims as high as possible. Truly one day success will be on your side, If you want to be successful there are no excuses but to give your full potential.

  16. Cherdphun says:

    It topic Jazlai my friends your say… Taking Massive Action.

  17. Jaz Lai says:

    Thanks Kritanan, I think it’s a good lesson we must all learn. Thanks for the information

  18. Jaz Lai says:

    Madeline, nice one. That’s precisely what I do for my vocal training. Even thou I’m still the lousy in class, at least im so much better than 2 years ago. Well said!

  19. alaster says:

    Good stuff action alone purifyes ,buy turning a possability into an actuallity,not so sure about your use of the word” big action” for me the word has to be “right action” ,thy will be done ,not my will and then there is possability that none action could be the “right action” provided one keeps looking at the situatuion to see what can be done ,if any thing, meanwhile making sure to stay stress free out of your head and enjoying being in your boddy,!!! ah life is good, stay pure,stay true….

  20. Jaz Lai says:

    You cam do it Sam!

  21. michael says:

    I do not read more than a skim these days but massive action is correct there is no way but up for sure just too much information services etc online that people know what to do with in most cases. Figure out what to create from all this or how to apply best to your existing business is key.

    KNOWING your business, online services uses & proper or correct applications, human behavior, keeping up on the constant change and where to learn anything you need to know both online & offline, grasping global economy and what that means, learn your smartphone and its apps and use, where to find such info & direction since it is so newn understanding other businesses or individuals needs products or brands and if they are good or not as well as design graphics layout web design logos icons branding of your own as well as others and what works and why of coarse editing good music typography layout in thos respects and how to deliver it all in a solid package to reach anyone you need to..

    I can go on and on.. Knowing all that and more or how to find it, That takes Massive Action! 16 years & still, I have been in the industry since the internet started to be popular in 1995 Change is often and often technical. Blah blah blah right.. Right!

    You can NEVER know it all you can learn anithing from anybody at anytime anywhere the key is get to be there at the rt time and realize it take it in then keep going. It takes years you read enough here I just rambled to make it as confusing and hard as it really could be but there is 1 thing…

    GOOGLE is your friend & you are your desity. Time & tide wait for no man. Take massive action & never say die Correct. Good Luck to all! -mj

  22. Thanks Jaz,

    Your words are so true.
    Thanks to you and other marketers i am still working online.
    I have made it my goal to succeed online.
    If you don’t take action, nothing will change.

    Marja Opsteegh

  23. Amy Lau says:

    Hi Jaz,
    Encourage people who think that they are not talented.

  24. La acción masiva es parecido al movimiento de cardumen, seria como el cardumen virtual de la acción del Cerebro humano. El un poder de decidir en conjunto formado por miles de millones de personas con un poder de actuar en conjunto bajo una dirección de mucha confianza. Esa Dirección puede ser un sistema, un grupo de persona, un sonido, una música, un lider, pero detrás siempre está el dinero. Pero entre nosotros cuando el movimiento es muy grande es mejor que haya oro y finalmente un codigo secreto que hemos de manejar dentro de un sistema encriptado.

  25. Djuan Onn says:

    Truly appreciate the sharing. We need the push. The bigger the WHY, the smaller the HOW. Thanks and wish we will be in the league soon

  26. Jaz Lai y yo no hablamos el mismo idioma.

    Pero nos une la confianza. Nos une una misión. Yo encontré varios puntos de coincidencia de su pensamiento con el mio y voy siguiendole hace unos seis meses. El pasó muchas dificultades económicas, luego comenzó a disfrutar de ganancias, luego a navegar y estar en cualquier parte del mundo para atender sus intereses, es como dormir en un colchón de dinero. Su espiritu y su conciencia sensible fue tocado encima de su cabeza por una campana, recibió un mandato que no le dejó dormir. El vió personalmente gente que sufren en una inundación, esa noche no pudo cerrar sus ojos para descanzar y pidió consejo a todo el mundo por internet, a todas las personas que tienen una idea de acción, para hacer un planteamiento de solución. Yo le mandé mi idea y aprecio que me haya consultado. Además, por su parte él pidió a todos los amigos millonarios una acción. Por lo tanto nosotros somos accionistas contra la pobreza y el sufrimiento humano. Le agradaria integrar nuestro grupo? (Grupo de Acción contra la pobreza y el sufrimiento) Le gustaria trabajar con mi amigo Jaz Lai?

  27. La potencia con que fuiste creado, tu unico ser como solitario, los valores que hay en tí es lo que determina tanta riqueza que debe ser expuesta para ser valorado. Este es internet y es la oportunidad que tienes. No lo desaproveches.
    Deja que la corriente te lleve, entra en el grupo de los que conquistaron el conocimiento de claves que hace sencillo usar parte por parte este rompecabezas. Sencillamente haga lo mismo.

  28. Alec says:

    Thanks for the inspiring story Jaz!

    Its so very true that all it takes is to take massive action! This is a great story, it has fired me up again and reminded me to keep my head up and just keep moving forward! Thanks and to all of our successes, Alec

  29. Mei Lai says:


    You are so inspiring…put you in any field…you will be successful for you
    know what you want. I ‘kowtow’ you !

    I like to leave this to remind myself:
    Success loves SPEED, DO IT NOW !!!

  30. Lina Low says:

    Jaz, you are right about “talent does not matter”.

    Thomas Edison once said, “Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration,” since he tried getting the light bulb to work for 1000 times.

    But then, Thomas edison didn’t have someone to learn past mistakes from on online marketing, unlike some of us….so there should be less perspiration.

  31. Jaz Lai says:

    You are absolutely right Linda. It should be much easier now with all the experience and case studies we have.

    Just stay focus and you will see results much faster Thomas Edison.

  32. Estamos viendo que existen personas muy buenas y que perfectamente comprendieron que el dar rinde frutos. El servicio a los más necesitados hace que uno se sienta en armonia, en paz y puede realizar trabajos de altura con la mente de prosperidad en la creación.
    Es así, entrar en este circulo, estudiar, comprender, esperar, hacer, seguir, escuchar y entrar en acción dentro, en el centro de donde están las personas exitosas contagia un positivismo. Lo mejor es que existe la ruta que lleva al éxito en el sistema, pero se debe aprender a usar el sistema. Pagar un costo.

Leave a Reply