Success can be defined a hundred million different ways. It’s one of those things that is completely subjective to a single individual opinion. We all want to lead successful lives. We all want some sort of recognition for our efforts. We all want comfort and security. We are at the age now where we are starting to plan and prepare for our future but we have no idea where to start or what to do to get us there. I’d like to share some simple yet crucial tips that will help you on your journey to success.
1.)Lose the ego
Confidence is a desirable trait in business. However, do not trot into the world with a know-it-all attitude. You must learn to surround yourself with people who are more successful and experienced than you are, instead of only surrounding yourself with those who admire you. The benefits are never-ending. Ask questions and listen intently. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
2.) Eye contact
The power of eye contact is exponential. It’s a huge factor in successful relationships, whether it’s business or personal. Ever wonder why babies can put you under their spell so easily? It’s not just because they’re cute. It’s because they force eye contact with you. As we develop into adults, we lose the ability to hold a stare. The reason for this is most likely our aversion to intimidation or confrontation. Most of us struggle with this particular aspect of communication. Fortunately, this is something that can be taught to us once again. It is a crucial component to business as it shows confidence and genuineness. Make sure that your eye contact is genuine and not forced. People can tell the difference.
3.) Give a shit
People can tell when you don’t care, or if you’re just after their money. This kind of unpredictable behavior is what makes a business go from “thanks”, to “no thanks.” If I was a store owner, I would make it my business to give a shit. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION – Retail stores would sell 10X the amount of clothing if they hired employees who paid a little bit more attention to the needs of their customers. For example, knowing what kind of clothing looks good on different body shapes! As a business, this kind of training is worth it’s weight in gold. It’s like giving your customers their own personal shopper. Jean Machine and French Connection are the only 2 stores that I can think of that take the ‘personal shopper’ approach to normal consumers on a daily basis. Thanks guys! It doesn’t go unnoticed! BUSINESS – YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT!
4.) Network! Network! Network!
The currency of the future is not all dollars and cents. There is so much value in personal networks. Be social. Reach out to communities and other like-minded start-ups like yourself. Get yourself out there and have fun. If you go out with the expectation of expanding your network for the sake of quick-and-fast connections, your desperation will be transparent. Be genuine and your connections will gel together.
5.) Pick A Mentor
I think that this one is pretty straight forward. A mentor is someone who you admire or look up to in business who can guide you and prep you for your journey to success. Your mentor does not have to be someone whom you see every day or someone that you’ve even met before, as long as they are able to inspire you and push you forward with your goals.
Or… just bag yourself a rich one. ( Kidding of course, you lazy shmuck! )
I hope that these 5 tips are helpful on your journey to success. If you’d like to hear more, please let me know!
Good luck to you!
Emalee/Lily Of The Arctic