How to be successful: 4 secrets of high achievers

Networking doesn't have to suck

Networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority.

How to make networking fun

  1. Lear about the people you are talking to, about their company, industry, goals, etc.
  2. Identify common interests, because shared interests will make your connections more authentic and meaningful.
  3. Think about what you can give people and stop being such a self-centered a**hole. The more you focus on giving — whether that’s advice, connections, anything — the happier you’ll be.
  4. Find a higher purpose and think about the bigger picture of your career and your mission — not just about yourself.

Positivity is strangely rare (and powerful)

3:1 — the golden ratio

Positivity → Success

Confidence often trumps competence

Confidence also creates competence

How to be more confident

“True self-confidence is “the courage to be open — to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.” Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.”

Say ‘yes’ to anything until you’re ready to say ‘no’ to almost everything

The power of the generalist

Rove early

From Generalism to Essentialism

But as a result, he would spend the whole day rushing from one meeting and conference call to another trying to please everyone” — but getting very little done in the process.

Wrap up

  1. Find the fun in boring, painful things (like networking);
  2. Be upbeat when others are critical (positivity);
  3. Turn self-belief into results (confidence into competence); and
  4. Transform generalist experience into specialist expertise.

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