Today we are talking about the 5 Steps to Getting a Head Start on Success! No fluff as usual in today’s podcast! Again, I am sharing the 5 steps to getting a head start on success.
What I’m going to talk about today is how you can get a head start on success.
I get a lot of Instagram DMs and a lot of questions constantly on Ask Sean and Quora about how you can be successful when you’re younger, and I think there is more of a. I remember when I was about 15 to 20 years old. It wasn’t so much how to be successful, it was like you just wanted to get out of high school, go to college to get a college education, and somehow if you got a college education, you would just be successful. Like that was a natural evolution.
I since learned that that is not at all the case. I’m doing something that I didn’t go to college for, so I don’t think it in and of itself, will guarantee you success like in my generation.
How can you be successful? There’s a lot of ways to be successful.
My daughter is a college graduate and a teacher and my son; we didn’t think of him going to college. He wanted to be an entrepreneur. We didn’t think that was the best way to go about it. We’ve gone about it through mentorships, internships, and involving him with a few of my companies and help to fund a startup for him, so there’s a lot of different ways to get to the end goal of being successful.
What are my secrets to getting a head start on success? I think you gotta have these five things.
Learn How to Set Measurable Goals and Take Action on Them Daily
I tie these two together because if you have a goal and you just write it down but you don’t take action on it daily, it’s kind of irrelevant. Set goals, take massive action on them daily. If you take 365 steps towards an individual goal, that means you did one thing every single day towards this one goal. You’re going to move that ball down the field in that goal is going to. It’s going to get knocked over at some point.
It’s great to set goals. I set goals every year, I typically set between five and seven, and then I have one that’s almost like a five-year goal because it’s going to take achieving a bunch of goals each year to knock down this massive one, but I take action on my goals every day. Every day in my day planning system, I schedule an action that I’m going to take on it, so I can move the ball further. So if you want to be successful, you need to set goals, but with that, you need to take action on them daily, no matter what that goal is. If you’re going to write a book, you’re going to write a little bit every day. If you’re to lose weight, you’re going to exercise a little bit.
Manage Your Time and Priorities Well
Know what you need to do and schedule the time. Put the discipline in to get it done.
I have what’s called organized chaos. It’s funny, we have a college student who lives with us and probably thinks I’m the laziest person in the world, but he knows at this point that’s not true because I go in spurts. I know where my high energy periods of the day are, and that’s when I prioritize getting high-level projects done. Then I’ve got no problem sitting out on my porch and reading a book for two hours. I manage my time and I manage my priorities. Each day I get up and I know what has to get done. Successful people do that. They don’t get pulled through their weaknesses. They blueprint their week.
Be a Doer, Not Just a Talker
We all know people that all they do is talk about what they’re going to get done. They’re always working on something, always excited about something, but don’t ever get anything done. Every time you talk to THEM three months later, they’ve moved on to another project.
You gotta be a doer. Have a reputation for being able to get things done.
I think that I get offers in business just because people know that if I’m on the team, they know we’re going to get this thing done. I’m not just going to talk about it, I’m going to move the ball forward. I definitely take action.
Be somebody that your friends associate with getting things done.
Discover Your Strengths
We’re not all gifted at everything. The older I get, I joke that my skill set just keeps getting narrower and narrower, but the few things that I’m good at, I am really, really, really good at. It’s funny, you know when you’re good at something because people compliment you on them. I never forget when I was at a sports banquet and I gave an impromptu speech for some reason, it just came up and I was asked, can you give it?
When I was done, everybody complimented me on it, and that kind of put in my brain, you’re a good communicator.
When I got to college, I had opportunities to speak to and teach large audiences. I kept developing it and then I started getting involved in things where communication was important, like sales. Communication and sales go well together. Every position I ever had that had sales in it or any type of communication, I was really good at. Anything that you could sell that I ever sold, I was really good at. Why? I knew what my strengths were, communication and sales. I knew that was my skill set. I knew that’s where I needed to be. I always align that up in my 20s and that presented great opportunities.
Develop Strong Leadership and Communication Skills
I talked about my communication skills because it was one of my strengths, but I am convinced communication skills are so important. Your ability to communicate an idea, your ability to express yourself, your ability to teach, your ability to train people, your ability to share a vision, your ability to sell. That’s all communication skills. It’s so important.
And then leadership. The people that make the most money in my organization and the people that lead at the company. They know the agenda, they know what we’re trying to compete. The ability to hire and lead people in our company. Leadership is just as critical.
It’s something you need to have.
What we shared today was five secrets to getting a head start on your success. You’re going to start setting a measurable goal and going to take action on a daily. You’re going to be better at managing your time and priorities, you’re going to be known for being a doer, not a talker. You’re going to develop and understand what your strengths are and then you’re going to work on being a better leader and developing communication skills.
I hope that helps you.