“Success Leaves Clues”.
I had heard this kinda cliche phrase thrown around the whole time I was in school and in the real world. I shrugged it off like it was nothing.
Why? Because I was going to study ALL the books and work what I was taught, etc, etc, etc, and THAT’s what was going to make me successful!
Plus, I figured that studying and implementing the habits of those more successful than me would make me look like a copy cat, a fraud… not the individual successful entrepreneur that I was going to be. (Beats on Chest)
I learned about a year into my entrepreneurial journey that if I WAS going to get anywhere, I needed to put my pride aside for a minute and study the habits of the successful. I needed to leave what I knew behind and get with the program because doing it MY way was NOT working.
So I began the journey of finding people that had the lives that I wanted. A couple of people that I had already been listening to were perfect to start my study. I started listening to what they had to say, halfheartedly tried to implement what they were doing, and then wondered why success wasn’t coming my way.
*I emphasize halfheartedly because I was doing it half-assed. I STILL thought that there was a way for me to kinda do it on my own without completely following directions. I was wrong again.
Then about two months ago, I went on a vacation of a lifetime. Hubs and I (And My MIL’s side of the family) took a two week trip to Europe. It was the first real vacation that either of us had had in years. The honeymoon that we never got to take. It was GLORIOUS (By the way, Prague, Czech Republic and Dresden, Germany have become two of my favorite cities) and when we got back, we dreamed about going again.
I KNEW then I HAD to figure out my business because the time we got to spend together was amazing. We don’t really get to do that now. He works a Full Time and a Part Time job (and is about to go back to school) and I’m in Sales. There are days (and weekends) that we pass like ships in the night and it sucks.
I started buckling down and thinking about what “clues” successful people in my life were leaving for me and I wrote down a list:
Top 5 Clues That the Successful People in My Life are Trying to Show Me
- They Pick a Strategy and Run With It Until They’re Successful. Try not to overthink this. If you look at Gary Vaynerchuk, Video Marketing is his JAM. He does Facebook videos, Snapchat videos, the Ask Gary Vee Show, etc. Chalene Johnson does video marketing too, but she’s mixed it up with podcasting. So pick something that you don’t just feel comfortable with but something that will be successful. For me, my strategy at the moment is Facebook with some blogging on the side.
- They cater to their niche. Now, if you’re new to this and going “I have no flipping idea about what niche I’m going after”, let me just put you at ease. JUST START. Just start putting out valuable content whether it be talking about what you’ve learned on a podcast to a new book you’ve just read…JUST START. I promise that the niche will appear once you start implementing your strategy. I had actually heard that mentioned on a podcast not to long ago and it hit home so hard. It’s what’s happening to me right now. The more content I put out, the more dialed in my niche is becoming and it’s the coolest thing.
- The Passion and Belief of What They Are Doing is Infectious. This is pretty self explanatory but let’s talk about it anyway. When you watch either your favorite sports figure or some one that you consider a mentor, think about the energy level that they are putting off. It’s normally pretty passionate and you can tell that they really BELIEVE in what they are doing, right? Same goes for you. I think the saying goes “If it doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning , then you need to find a new passion?”
- They Hire a Coach and Have a Mentor. Now, there’s a difference between a mentor and a coach. A Mentor is a trusted adviser. One who you can go and bounce ideas off of and if you’re lucky will let you basically download their brain for free. TRUE MENTORSHIP IS ALWAYS FREE. A Coach however is one that will hold you accountable, look at your business from the outside looking in, and give you pointers. Coaches charge for their time but you get undivided attention and guidance. A coach should be someone that you would like to emulate and has the same values and goals that you have. Is coaching expensive? Yes. I know because I just hired one. In order to get my butt in gear, get over my learning curves faster and be held accountable, I needed to get a coach. It’s proven that people that have coaches will explode their businesses faster than those who don’t.
- Their View on Money Comes From a Place of Good Rather than Evil. This is a little touchy, I know. Stay with me though. I think the majority of us are taught from an early age that “Those who have massive wealth are evil” “They steal from the poor to feed their own” and all these crazy, quite frankly asinine stories that Money and those that have it are the root of all evil (hey, I did believe this to a certain extent at one point). Money is just an object. A symbol if you will. Are some people materialistic? Hell yeah. Are some people crazy with their money? Uh, yeah. Do some people use their money for good? ALL. THE. TIME. Money is an AMPLIFIER of who you are on the inside. Get that belief instilled immediately.
I’m still learning the habits of course, but these are the top five that I’ve noticed so far. I’m sure that i’ll be adding to this list as time goes by.
What clues have successful people left you over the years? I’d love to know in the comments.
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