Brian Wong, who is a 25-year-old CEO, will be the first to admit that you don't necessarily need skill or talent to become successful.
What you do need is a strong work ethic, the young CEO said.
"It's so easy for us to put up mental barriers, to make excuses to be lazy," Wong told CNBC.
"But there's obviously a huge opportunity for us to not do that, which is what I think differentiates the haves and the have nots," he said.
After skipping four years of school and graduating college at age 18, Wong founded a mobile advertising company called Kiip. The company has more than $32 million in venture capital funding and works with clients like Unilever and BMW.
"Being on time, working hard — most of the things that can catapult you to success actually don't take a lot of skill or talent," he said.
In his new book "The Cheat Code," Wong shares more than 70 "cheats," or tricks, to fast-track your career.
Here are three ways to be more successful — no talent required.