Throughout my life, I have had the privilege of working many different jobs. During my 25 years in the workforce, I have met many amazing leaders and professionals. I have learned so much over the years, however nothing has ever been a sure fire key to success.
Many have said that the key to success is to find something you love to do and then figure out a way to make money from it. I agree this will bring happiness in your job, however I have met many who love what they do...but wouldn't call themselves successful. I have also seen many of those people burn out on things they once loved.
I have learned that those who truly want success work harder than others...grinding out 16 hours a day ...7 days a week. However I have seen others truly work less than 4 hours a day a few days a week and make the same money.
No, the truth is between work ethic, perseverance, skill, education etc. I have seen people be both successes and struggle doing the same things...so I have come to the conclusion that while all of those are great tools, they are not guarantees to success.
The one area where I have seen people become successful without ever seeing someone who did this one very simple action not become successful. Once you all learn this trick you will all probably say well duh...everyone should know that already...and I agree. I think everyone does in fact know this but whether or not they put into action is another story all together. Then you will also say that there are many successful people who do the exact opposite of this..and that is also correct....sort of. You see in order to say someone is successful, we must first define what success is. If we are only talking about money, then there are many ways to make money. You could do some very shady, unethical things and make a ton of it. What I am talking about is true success, money, influence, power and position within your community. To me me success is all of those combined with you and your family being truly happy. Are you ready to know the secret yet?
This secret that I finally realized is to always sell to the most important person in your life at that moment. You may be like huh? What the heck is he talking about? Everyday you encounter many different people and we treat them like everyone else. Imagine every time someone met you they thought you were the most famous person in the world. They couldn't wait to introduce you to everyone they knew...they were so proud to be spending time with you. I recently watched a movie where Tom Hanks plays Mr Rogers. Every time he meets someone, he makes them feel like they are the most important person in his world. This type of mindset will absolutely offer impact. When we value each other that way...we value everything that is important to them. We value his or her time, friendship, family, interests and we do everything we can to make them feel comfortable. So now when I interact with others my focus is to truly be with them completely and make sure they know that in those moments...they are the most important person in my world right then. Give it a try and see how it changes the way you do things, and how people respond to you.