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7 Steps to Become Successful Sooner

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/320857

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7 Steps to Become Successful Sooner
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by In this day and age, we tend to want things fast. From weight loss to internet speed to a response to your latest email or text, it's all about instant gratification.

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Set concrete goals

Set concrete goals

To become successful sooner, you first need a road map for your career. What do you want to achieve in your career?

Long term goals help you create a framework for your career. With them in mind, create smaller goals. Set the bar high to ensure you always have a source of motivation.

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Stick to a routine

There’s a big benefit to repetition. Routines help you establish good habits and keep you moving forward.

With positive routines in place, you often begin to see results quickly.

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Find a mentor

A mentor is someone who is on the same career path as you, but further along.

They guide you through things like how to avoid potential pitfalls, and how you might approach the next steps of your career.

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Streamline your routine

Bad habits and time-wasting routines can keep you from moving forward. 

Identify all the things that take up your time that are not helping to further your career. Eradicate or restrict them.

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Learn how to say no

If you say yes to too much, it could be sucking you dry.

It can be hard to say no, but it is usually better in the long run. It shows integrity.

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Be smart about money

Successful people often live below their means. They know that it sometimes takes money to make money, and they want to be prepared.

If you want to become successful faster, put away some of every paycheck in your savings account.

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Learn from your mistakes

Rather than seeing mistakes as the end of the world, see them as an opportunity to learn from.

What feels like a failure today could be teaching you a lesson that will help you avoid a much bigger problem in the future.

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Ask for help

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Engagement and work

People are happiest and perform their best when they are actively engaged in what they are doing. 

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Don't waste valuable energy

Don't waste valuable energy

We can't waste valuable energy on mindless activities while putting off what matters most for later.

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Cut out the optional

Being overwhelmed may be the new normal, but taking on too many responsibilities may be watering down our overall impact.

Bring back your focus to what matters most. Work on the projects that are the real game-changers. Delegate the discretionary work and eliminate unnecessary meetings.

Design an action plan

Running a thriving business means understanding how to organize your work by importance and knowing when to delegate.

  • Find your sweet spot. When you consider taking on a project, see if it aligns with your purpose and the organization's broader goals. Ask yourself if you're the right person with the right skillset.
  • Automate. As your company grows, use automation tools for low-level work. It also allows your employees to make more meaningful contributions.
  • Set boundaries. Learn to say no to low-level tasks. Set your own limits about what you'll take on.