There are a number of factors that are necessary to become a good powerlifter. Obviously it takes a person that has strong muscles and lots of training. Besides the most obvious factors, the other underlying factors are periodization, education, good equipment, and most importantly attitude.
Your mentality is what will set you apart from being a great powerlifter to a mediocre lifter. A lifter with a great attitude will find out good ways to train, will educate themselves and others, and will drive 2 hours if necessary to get to the proper equipment and atmosphere.
Powerlifting is also more than just lifting weights and getting stronger. It can also teach you that anything good in life takes time and hard work, which are traits that are missing with many of the people in my generation. Powerlifting can be an attitude builder in this way. It also seems to transfer into other aspects of life, by consuming you, and making you push everything to the limits, including your job, education, and your life.
Attitude also deals with education and experimentation. A strong attitude will make you learn how to progress, get stronger, and push your body past what you, your friends, or outsiders think your body could grow to or do. The people that go into the gym ready for war are usually the ones that are getting stronger.
The whole point to this article is to remember some of the basics. Have a strong attitude to push you, and always try to learn and teach. You may find yourself in a few years doing things you never thought possible. And after lots of hard work has laid a foundation, you may glance in the mirror, and wonder who the hell your looking at.