“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Success is an outcome, and if you define being successful as doing something exceptionally well, then I would argue that it only comes when you score well on all three of these areas. The key is that you can’t be lacking in ANY area if you want to create success.
Write down a particular goal that you want to achieve. Then look at this list and score yourself from a zero to a ten in each area. Do you have the score necessary to create the outcome you desire?
Ability – Talent, Skill, Capability
Motivation – Desire, Passion, Inspiration
Attitude – Willingingness to learn, Ability to be wrong, Positivity in the face of adversity, Service to others, Capacity for growth, Ability to persevere through failure
It seems to me that Attitude is the great enabler of future growth. Without a good score in this area, you will always be limited.