Most people search for the way to become successful overnight, but there is no way to do it overnight. It takes constant and consistent grind to become successful. So what are some ways that you can elevate yourself to get to the next level and be successful? The goal is to intake as much knowledge as possible because knowledge is power. Knowledge will continue to power your engine when you get stuck in a situation because you can use your ingenuity and innovation to solve the problem. Here are some ways to improve your knowledge.
1. Read, read, read.
I cannot stress this enough. I gave examples of Mark Cuban, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and their reading rate here. They’re successful billionaires and yet, they continue to read at a remarkable rate. You cannot take this act lightly or you will fall behind. It’s like two people going out to run a marathon. One decided to put in the time and effort and train to compete and the other one just went about their days with an average mindset and decided not to train. What do you think will happen to these two individuals? Abraham Lincoln said, “if I was given 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first 4 sharpening my axe.” Preparation is a key to success and reading is your preparation for life. One of the best times to read is at nighttime, right before you sleep. You will typically retain more of what you read as the knowledge simmers while you sleep.
2. Listen to Audio Books or Podcasts.
In my last blog post, I mentioned the case study of Mike Kim and how he was able to leave a Fortune 500 company to have an online platform both with a 6 figure salary. He did this by listening to audio books and podcasts during his commute to and from work each day. He was able to maximize his time in the places where other people just wasted it and became even more successful than he was. Typically, I listen to the newest motivation videos that are created to get me started for my workday, but I intend to find some audio books and podcasts now. What recommendations do you have for audio books or podcasts?
Webinars are getting more popular as of late with the rise of technology and they’re are many out there. Most of them cost money, sometimes it’s a one time fee and other times it is a monthly membership you have to pay. I haven’t put my money into any, yet, but I will in the near future. This is a great way for people who have gone through similar struggles to provide insight in their journey and how you can avoid making the mistakes they made. The only webinar I attended was that by Platform University. It was an informative hour long webinar and at the end they offered deals on their membership. Unfortunately, if you’ve read my 2018 goals, we have to work on our finances first. If you’ve attended or conducted webinars, would you recommend any or give any insight to how the webinar went?
4. Earn a Certification
There are several certifications that you can earn, but you have to do your research. There is one involved for welding and there is also the most common one personal trainer along with several others. You have to put in time and effort to complete these courses to get your certification, but it can be well worth it and give you or your business a notch in your belt. The certification I am actively pursuing is that of becoming a life coach. It is my dream and aspiration to help as many people as I can change their life from negative to positive and improve their productivity and I think that earning this certification provides me with many more tools to achieve this. What other certifications are out there that would prove useful?
5. Go to College
Earning a degree will 9 out of 10 times, improve your chances of getting a higher paying job. It also teaches you a tremendous amount of specifically what you are trying to do in life. High school is built for helping you find your passion and giving you basic fundamentals of education, while college gives you the opportunity to hone in on what you want to do in life. I understand that college is expensive and that some people choose to go other routes, but it is a great opportunity to rise above the average person. I could not afford college after high school, which is one of the reasons I joined the military. I wanted to better myself, and the military seemed like my best option. I never regretted it. I have been doing college in my spare time and I am only 3 classes away from earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. If I can find time to do it, so can you.
Yes, it will take a lot of hard work and time away from the other things you want to do in life, but it will benefit you in the end. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Don’t settle for average, push yourself to be the best version of you that you can be. Learn something new each and every day and don’t let anyone stop you from learning. People will try and stop you from surpassing their own abilities and success, but don’t let them. What’s your excuse?
If you know of any great reads, courses or webinars that you would like to share or even if I missed something that deserves recognition as well, please comment below and share your knowledge. We all learn from each other!
On a side note, Eric Thomas uploaded his T.G.I.M. video this week and there was a challenge to write a comment on how you can take it to the next level and their favorite would get pinned. I’m pretty excited to say that my comment got pinned! It felt extremely validating! You can check out his video here.
Have a great weekend!