For the past 8 months
I listened to 207 podcasts, read 22 books, and read 113 articles. All on the topics of business, marketing, and self-help. Here are the key lessons:
1. You will struggle.
I’ve heard countless stories of sleeping on friend’s couches, not being able to afford rent, living in a crowded apartment, having $60 in a bank account, and more.
The fact is, in order to make something.....
you must give something up. Occasionally, a life of fulfillment may come at the expense of a life of comfort.
2. You will fail.
Failure is practically inevitable, no matter who you are or what you do. The key is to start viewing failure as educational as opposed to purely detrimental.
Don’t be frightened of failure.
“No one counts your failures. Only your victories. The cool thing is that you only need one victory.” -Mark Cuban
3. Networking is everything.
“Your network is your net worth.” -Porter Gale
Constantly network with people higher up the totem pole
Go to as many networking events as possible, reach out to one or two industry leaders per week. Be relentless and shameless.
4. No one else cares.
Humans are selfish. In order for people give a shit, you have to give them a reason to give two shits.
Join the crowd, and live for yourself.
What brings you the most excitement? After you’ve found that, then find a way to monetize it.
5. Have a morning ritual.
Every successful person I have studied has a morning ritual. This could be a meditation, writing in a journal, working out, or anything else.
Your mornings are something you can control.
No one can tell you what to do. No one can take away your valuable time. No one steer you away from your goals.
6. Consistency is everything.
Gary Vaynerchuk had a YouTube series called Wine Library TV back in 2007*. Gary made daily videos for Wine Library TV. For 1.5 years straight he made videos.
Regular exercise can make you live longer, make you feel “better” about yourself, and exponentially increase your productivity.
8. Never stop learning.
Start reading as many books as you can. If you don’t have time or the resources to do this, then listen to free podcasts on your commute to work or school.
Even successful people still learn.
Mike Dillard makes $600k+ per online course he creates. He is one of the top online marketers in the business. Even after all of his success, he still spends $100,000 per year on his education
9. Find a mentor.
By reaching out to 1 or 2 leaders in your industry per week, you are increasing your chances of getting a mentor. Use LinkedIn to message them. Dig up their email.
10. Before all else, provide value to others.
Your value is equal to the amount of value you provide to others. You are what others think you are.
To achieve greater financial success:
Provide greater value to others. The money will come along with it.
11. If you chase money, money won't come.
The fastest road to money is passion, and genuine love for what you do.
Follow your passion. Become superb at it.
Provide value to others along the way, and then the money will follow closely behind.
We are fortunate enough to live in an era of accessibility
Knowledge is available to the masses. Meticulously study the leaders in the industry you choose to pursue.
Do you really want to spend 10 years learning a lesson
you could’ve figured out from watching a 5-minute YouTube video?