These 3 Things Determine How Successful You Will Be

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readJan 26, 2024

Talent. Motivation. Attitude.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Lou Holtz is a former American football player, coach, and sports analyst. Widely known for his career in college football coaching, Holtz achieved remarkable success with various teams, including the University of Notre Dame, where he led the Fighting Irish to a national championship in 1988.

Known for his motivational skills and strategic coaching, Holtz coached at several universities, earning a reputation as one of the most respected figures in college football. After coaching, he became a prominent sports analyst, contributing to ESPN’s college football coverage.

Holtz’s impact extends beyond the field, as he is celebrated for his leadership qualities and inspirational quotes that transcend the realm of sports. His quote -

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”

-emphasizes the importance of talent, motivation, and attitude in determining success, both at an individual level and within a team. Let’s break down its meaning.


Talent refers to the inherent skills, abilities, and natural aptitude a person possesses. In the context of an individual, it suggests that your capabilities and potential set the foundation for what you can achieve.

In the context of a team, talent implies the collective skills and abilities of team members contribute to the overall capabilities of the team. A team with diverse talents can handle a broader range of challenges.

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On an individual basis, motivation outlines the personal drive and commitment to accomplish goals. Your level of motivation influences the effort you put into your work and how much you are willing to…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·