to have (got) what it takes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have (got) what it takes

"to have (got) what it takes"

to have the qualities or character (courage, stamina, fortitude, perseverance) needed to be successful


Related words and phrases:

Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have (got) what it takes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I am thinking about applying for a management position.

Colleague 2: Do you think you have what it takes to be a manager?

Colleague 1: I believe that I have leadership skills. I am really good at the job itself and I can apply myself over long periods of time to get a job done.

Colleague 2: Sounds like you have a good number of the qualities necessary. Go for it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have (got) what it takes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I've always wanted to climb that mountain. Can I come with you?

Friend 2: It is a very advanced climb. It will take a lot of stamina and willpower, not to mention courage to make that assent. We are looking at three days and two nights to make the summit.

Friend 1: Don't worry. I've got what it takes. I've been training hard and all my gear is packed.

Test Your Understanding  

to have (got) what it takes - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   3,216   click for frequency by country

to have (got) what it takes - Gerund Form:

Having what it takes to be a triathlete, he entered the next competition with a good chance of winning.

to have (got) what it takes - Examples:

1)  ... hear from talented disabled entrepreneurs who are able to show they have got what it takes to run a successful business and meet a real need in the market.

2)  If you are not convinced that you have got what it takes to succeed in sales then you probably haven't.

3)  ... because we only open our adventures to fellow enthusiasts who have exactly what it takes: A true passion to make each journey an adventure.

4)  You've got to have substance, you've got to have what it takes or you will be chewed up and spit out.

5)  Human beings have what it takes to be problem-solvers. A great intellect and a moral conscience belong to man by ...

6)  ... you have scribbled on this blog, I would doubt you would have what it takes to write a screenplay.

7)  Manliness is about demonstrating to other men that you have what it takes to survive tough times. Manliness is about our primal nature.

8)  Shirky discussed the confidence factor in a post mulling whether women have what it takes to behave like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks.

9)  ... teacher needs to find a new job, because she doesn't have what it takes!

10)  ... the interviewer know that you have been listening to the problem and have what it takes to do the job -- that you are the solution to the problem.

11)  ... of being an entrepreneur is a powerful one. But do you have what it takes to get started if there's no boss around?

12)  If you have what it takes to become a franchisee in the US, you have a real shot at achieving ...

13)  Does his team have what it takes to make an improbable climb up the standings?

14)  What if it doesn't work out? Do I really have what it takes? We battle fears, worries, doubts, insecurities with ourselves on a ...

15)  So does the phone have what it takes to court buyers away from Android and iOS, and establish a beachhead for Microsoft?

16)  Time will tell whether the new leadership has got what it takes to overcome the deep-seated institutional corruption which is responsible for so many problems.

17)  I'm not sure Facebook has what it takes to compete -- not without a major move and a complete shift in its thinking.

18)  Coca Cola has demonstrated throughout the company's history that it has what it takes to be the perfect retirement stock. 

19)  Sticker Star, it's looking like this upcoming 3DS title has what it takes to grab my attention during the busy holiday season. 

20)  It's all about integrity and leadership, and Suzanne has what it takes to be a terrific mayor for our city.