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7 Steps to Become Successful Sooner

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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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7 Steps to Become Successful Sooner

7 Steps to Become Successful Sooner

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

entrepreneur.com

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Engagement and work

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

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Segmenting your day

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Leverage the power of systems

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Systems allow you to leverage your and other people’s time.

Ask for help

We all plateau. It’s frustrating but also a normal part of life. The key to bursting through ceilings, be they mental, physical or financial, is to hold yourself accountable. That doesn't mean accountable for doing it all, but accountable for getting help.

You’ll be surprised by how much further and faster a little help can take you. 

Resilience

It is our ability to survive and flourish through our traumas, stressors, responsibility shifts and challenges offered by life.

Self-Respecting

To be resilient, you must develop the ability to self-soothe when things get tough.

When things are in a particularly stressful place, you must tap into your will, motivation, and pliability to continue moving forward.

Emotionally Driven

Resilient people are not needy, desperate or overly reactive. 

They carry a relaxed attitude and view rejection as a new direction opportunity. They don’t get down when challenged, they commit to getting up. They do not depend upon others for our resources. 

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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.

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Desire

We always work the hardest for the things we are most passionate about.

Choose your destiny and invest yourself in those fields that most interest you. 

Don't become an expert at the familiar

This type of comfort breeds something lazy in us and we only do what is expected of us, but do not go beyond. 

Crave what is new and unexplored, and fearlessly pursue those areas. 

Choose to excel

Effort counts twice as much as genius or talent.

Commit to being a person who wants to be more, do more, and consistently test the limits of your capacity. Embrace the responsibility and enjoy the freedom that comes with it.

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Identify issues

Determine where you are in your career. 

Identify how you got there and why you might lack fulfillment in your professional life.

Establish the core values

These are the non-negotiable values you want to be known and remembered for.

Once you have identified your values, look at your personality, skills and interests to make sure that they align with your current occupation.

Ask the big questions

These are questions like “What do I really want?” or “Should I change careers?

The more grounded you are with the answers to these important questions, the better able you are to reach your true goals.

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Sense of self

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Sense of curiosity

Curiosity creates a longing to know more, do more and be more.

To have a successful life, you have to cultivate your sense of wonder and be curious about what the future might hold. Curiosity helps you see any situation as an opportunity for your advancement and learning.

Sense of direction

It improves your ability to prioritize and it makes decision-making easier.

It also provides commitment: it's usually hard to commit to something that has no foreseeable future.

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  • One of the most important things to a learning mindset is the ability to admit you don't know something. So be aware of how they approach the things they don't understand.
Learning as a company policy

This means explicitly defining ongoing learning as a core company value.

Empowering employees can mean providing the time or money to enable learning - in other words, offering learning opportunities as a job benefit like health insurance. 

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Be emotionally curious

Become genuinely interested in other people. A great way to do this is to ask them open-ended questions.

Everyone wants to be liked, loved and accepted. When you fulfill that need for others, you are perceived as being influential.

Use high-powered body language

When you manifest powerful body language, you are seen as more influential. 

The head is held high, the arms are loose, the shoulders are set back and the chest is out. Confident body language not only affects the way others see you but also the way you see yourself. 

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The 4 keys to ignite productivity

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