Strategy #1: Stack the bricks (Watch a video on this concept here)
You just have to keep stacking bricks before you hit it big.
But if you don’t stack brick #1, you’ll never get to see what results from brick #35.
Here’s the problem:
Most of us don’t act, because we can’t see the next step, but the paradox is that you have to keep stepping in the darkness BEFORE you get to see the next step.
Lesson: If you find yourself paralyzed and not taking action whether it’s finding a job, or changing careers, take the damn step, because you have no idea where hustle can lead you (even if you can’t see the entire staircase right now).
Strategy #2: Ladder Hopping
In it, the author talks about how people sometimes leapfrog their way to the top by becoming skilled or well known in one industry, then using it to jump to a new one – way beyond entry level. How do you do this?
Use connections – e.g. if you’re at a decent level as a marketing manager for a company, maybe you can use those connections in the marketing industry to leap frog into an entirely different industry – a start up, medical, travel, etc.
2. Use skills – maybe as that same marketer, you know how to run a business – like driving searches via blog content.Let’s say you’re also a guitarist who wants to have a side business.You can combine the skills you have as a marketer, and then add them to being a guitarist, and turn that into a business.
The point is to think strategically about how to:
A. Skip the line
B. Get to where you want faster
Also, consider this: one well-placed introduction has the potential to change your life forever.
Strategy #3: Validate, then Commit
The fix: Think about careers or even graduate school like a startup – how can you validate it before committing? One way is to shadow a person in the potential field you’re interested in.
Thinking of going into wildlife rehab or back to school to be a teacher?Don’t make a decision until:
A. You’ve followed a wildlife rehab person around at their job (is it outdoors? Is it doing paperwork? is it writing proposals?)
B. You’ve sat in on a typical class in a typical location you’d teach (community college? high school? preschool?)
One day in the trenches of a career is worth infinitely more than one year trying to think about it.
Strategy #4: The Dilbert Skill Acquisition Code of Awesomeness
*Read this book:
How to fail at pretty much everything and still win big (from the author of the Dilbert comics)
Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.
He says in his book that he’s a mediocre cartoonist, and mediocre in terms of how funny he is, and mediocre at most other skills in business that he has. How did he become a multimillionaire then?
The fact that he knew a little bit of drawing + a little bit of comedy + a little bit of marketing + a little bit of entrepreneurship = a 1+1 = 10 effect.
Your Lesson: If you are pissing away time right now, or are wondering how to get ahead, focus on acquiring new SKILLS. I’ll define skills in a second, and how to actually systematize this habit.
If you know a bit of marketing, a bit of online business, a bit of guitar, a bit of public speaking, those can all come together in VERY unique ways to serve as a competitive advantage at a job, or your own business.
Strategy #5: Early Nightingale – One hour a day
*Listen to the audiobook: The Essence of Success by Earl Nightingale
What are the few things I can be world-class consistent at, patient, and then see come to fruition?
Figuring out your career: For example, you can read career books one hour a day. Or watch “day in the life” type videos. You may realize that as a doctor you do more insurance paperwork than treating patients. And that might totally remove being a doctor as an option.Or, better yet, begin getting concrete skills in a career you want (only if you’re sure it’s a path you want to go in).
If you just take ONE hour a night, and dedicate it to a skill, you can become really good in just six months. Definitely good enough to freelance or get a new job in that industry.
Imagine – one hour a day (5 days a week), over 6 months, is 120 hours. You can be pretty damn good doing 120 hours of anything, I guarantee it.
Even if you want to change careers, you can literally go into almost any field knowing 120 hours of focused, specific work. You’d be surprised at the number of people doing jobs for 5+ years with even less specialized knowledge than this.
Here’s your homework: Start time-blocking one hour a night, to acquire some kind of tangible skill. It’s ideally something you can produce results with – editing videos, writing/editing/designing a book, knowing the different kinds of wine, being able to learn to read and play basic songs on the guitar.
Strategy #6: The Power of one good Introduction
The reality is that one introduction can give an unqualified, shitty candidate a DREAM job, or dream intro.
The truth is that one introduction can change your life, and I truly regret not fully understanding this sooner.I have no doubt you can become successful alone – you can.
But if you can take a shortcut – the easy way – why not?Why not shave off 1, 5 or 10 years?
The Andrew Carnegie & Thomas Edison Principle
The mastermind principle is simple: when you bring 3, 4 5 or a dozen people together to solve a huge problem, the amount of ideas, input, and results you get (output) is infinitely more.
The reality is that when you bring in a few people to help you solve YOUR problems, it’s like you’re collectively working to solve something. And the results are miraculous.
The Mastermind Principle
A. What’s not working?
B. Let’s brainstorm some ideas on how to fix it
Now, when I tell you we made QUANTUM leaps in those years of mastermind calls, I’m not even kidding. It was quantum leaps.
Each person has their own skillset. Their own experience. Their own connections they can introduce you to, to help you reach your own goals (and hopefully help the other person succeed too). And most of all – if you’re just a lazy bastard, nothing will compel you to take action unless you have something with this level of WEEKLY accountability.
Some really, really good stuff to adopt and turn your life around.