1. Challenge yourself:
“The biggest motivation is to keep challenging yourself” – wise words from Sir Richard Branson, he treats life like one long university education. Learn every day and challenge yourself every day! If we are not learning and growing, we are dying.
2. Take the risk:
Gary Vaynerchuck is big on “regret.” He talks consistently about 90 year olds that wish they did something different and took more chances. We will never know the outcome of our efforts unless we take the risk. Don’t regret failure, but regret not trying.
3. Do work you care about:
Steve Jobs indicated many times, that the only way to be happy and fulfilled is to do work that you truly believe in. The saying “find your passion and you will never work a day in your life” is undeniably accurate.
4. Have a vision:
Keep your vision clear at all times, whether you are a CEO, Entrepreneur or “still finding your path.” Have a vision for something and a desire to create it. The Founder & CEO of Tumblr, David Karp, lives by his vision.
Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right” Believe in yourself, believe you will succeed and you’ll find ways through obstacles. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.
6. Know yourself and be honest with yourself:
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. We tend to focus our energy on what we lack. Stop “fixing” shortcomings, rather focus and develop strengths. Gary Vaynerchuck says it best: “Time is truly our most valuable asset and if you don’t spend it wisely, you will not live up to your full potential” – so focus on your strengths.
Develop internal checks and balances (audit yourself) because no one intuitively knows the truth more than you do.