In the last year and a half, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of today’s leading entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers on The Pursuit. Together, my guests — including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, the Property Brothers and Barbara Corcoran — have collectively written more than 15 New York Times bestselling books.
They employ more than 800 people and impact tens of millions of people on social media. If that’s not enough, their total combined net worth is estimated to be more than $800 million.
When closely studying successful people, you realise that each story is unique. Each person has his or her own quirks, success habits, turning points and failures. How they get to the destination of success often varies quite a bit.
Once they arrive there, however, they start to have similar perspectives. They also tend to agree on their advice for those launching a brand and starting a business.
Here are the top five keys to success when you’re just getting started, from some of the most successful people in the world.
1Learn as much as you can
Over and over again, my guests credit their success to diligent study, fierce curiosity and wise teachers or mentors.
“Be a student of personal development and business development. Connect with people who have been there and listen to their advice.”
— Chalene Johnson, New York Times bestselling author and celebrity fitness mogul
“Ask ‘What are they doing well, how can I implement that? I don’t need to do what they’re doing but I can get ideas from them that might work for me.’”
— New York Times bestselling author Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com
2Believe in yourself
Henry Ford said whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right. My expert guests agree, and they encourage dreamers to dream big.
“Others were asking, ‘what if this doesn’t work?’ My question has always been, ‘what if it does?’”
— Scott Williams, international speaker and bestselling author
“If someone tells you that you can’t do it, go out and find five ways to do it. We never gave up on anything we wanted to do.”
— Drew Scott, entrepreneur and host and producer of HGTV’s Property Brothers
“You have to raise your ambition beyond what you’re capable of now. There’s nothing about my hometown that said I’d be working with an Oprah or an Usher or Fortune 50 CEOs, Olympians — the highest level.”
— Brendon Burchard, New York Times bestselling author and international speaker
When studying the massively successful, you realise that a ‘big break’ usually comes after years, sometimes decades, of diligent effort.
“[A key] for me was not expecting my baby business to pay the bills. Being patient and being small and scrappy and not know what I was doing and build it over time. I had side jobs for about seven years.”
— Marie Forleo, founder of MarieTV and B-School
“Just keep writing — it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
— Jamie McGuire, self-published New York Times bestselling author
“Patience. You’re not retiring tomorrow. You can make some quick dimes, but you’ve lost out on long-term dollars.”
— Gary Vaynerchuk, New York Times bestselling author and CEO and founder of Vaynermedia
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4Be willing to take risks and make mistakes
If you learn to love learning, you’ll see that mistakes are part of the process. Successful people often don’t believe in failures. Failures are just lessons on how to improve.
“Reframe fear, uncertainty and doubt as positive indicators that you’re moving out of your comfort zone. As an entrepreneur, that’s essential.”
— Michael Hyatt, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author
“It’s okay to make mistakes. Just keep making stuff. Being passive is the hardest thing.”
— Chelsea Peretti, comedian and star of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine
“Every time you push through failure, there’s always some prize for you on the other side. So all you have to do is keep doing it.”
— Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and star of ABC’s Shark Tank
5Commit and put in the work
Commitment, consistency and follow-through came up again and again in my conversations.
”Show up, even if you don’t know what to do, and something will happen. Do the simple things — call a customer, call someone you want to be a customer, call somebody who will support you.”
— Grant Cardone
“Work is always the answer. Everybody’s got ideas. A billion ideas are going to be thought through today that are billion-dollar ideas, but like four people are going to execute on them.”
— Gary Vaynerchuk
Bob Goff, a New York Times bestselling author and international speaker, summed it up perfectly by quoting Mark Twain: “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”
“Getting through to the other side [of the dip]… to be the best in the world is underrated.”
— Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author
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