I know what I want to be. What now?
After you read “redefining success” and put some thought into it, and you finally figured what you want to do it’s time to start doing it. But, how?
Here we have some steps of what to do to get where you want to be:
- Invest in yourself. I know that sometimes a new IPhone sounds way more interesting than a MBA, but you have to make a decision: what is going to make you develop your skills and help you achieve your goals? After answering this question, choose what is best for you.
- Be around people smarter than you. Sometimes we are surrounded by people who don’t have the same interests as we do or don’t really care about what we are passionate about. Being around people who are also trying to improve and grow will inspire and motivate us to keep on going.
- Do it every day. Successful people normally love what they do, and they do it every day. Take one hour to study, read or talk to somebody about it. Soon, it will become a habit and you’ll be learning something new every single day.
- Challenge yourself. If it wasn’t difficult everybody would be successful. The point is: if it’s too easy for you, think out of the box: “what don’t I know yet?”.
- Accept that you will fail. Eventually it will happen. It can be a big failure (if your company breaks) or a small one (being on a lazy day and skipping your everyday reading). That will not determine if you are successful or not and you’ll learn from it so you can get it right next time.
- Do not give up (unless you realize it’s not what you really want). Sometimes it might be hard, you might feel you are missing a lot, but as I said before, if that’s what you really love it’s worth it to put some effort on it. Try again and again and again.
- Listen and ask. Sometimes we are eager to share our thoughts and what we’ve learned and that’s ok to do it, but every time when you listen to somebody’s opinion about it you will learn and understand a different perspective. Ask and listen carefully about what others have to say.
- Don’t think you already know enough. After you accomplish something (a new job or a graduation, for example) it’s normal to celebrate. But don’t think you are done and that you already know enough. There’s always something to learn and improve. Keep on going even after you cross the finishing line.
I’m in the process to get it. A lot of other people are too. Take a deep breath and start.
Written by Leticia Cislinschi Sarraf