"How is it that many individuals, who possess only limited capabilities, manage to attract great admiration for extraordinary results?"
Start by taking an inventory of the skills and abilities you already have. A couple good resources for this are StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Now, Discover Your Strengths. Also, speak with those closest to you and ask them about their observations of what you do well. It may help to classify each skill and ability into three areas: helps produce income, give away/donate, use just for fun.
Have a specific purpose you are working toward, see what that purpose is very clearly. The opposite of this is to just drift along in life without focus.
Constantly strive to learn and grow. Ask questions and use your imagination, have a childlike curiosity.
Once you know what your abilities are, and you have prepared to use them to pursue a specific purpose, then garner the emotional enthusiasm needed to propel yourself toward your worthwhile objectives. Be determined and persistent in your pursuit of the worthwhile. Persistent effort tends to be the major difference between accomplishing something or not.
The last suggestion on finding and using your talents is to go over and above when completing tasks. The opposite of this is to think "good enough" when we know it really isn't.
In summary, take inventory of your skills and abilities, prepare to use them in pursuit of a definite purpose, continue to learn every day, and persist in your endeavors until complete.
Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.