Success is hard work. It takes years, it takes time, and it takes money, blood, sweat and tears. It takes everything! It is lonely at the top but I think it is lonelier when you are in the middle trying to get to the top.
You need to be able to stand out as in stand above. Here’s how.
Before we start there is one truth you’ll need to accept…
Doing what everyone else does or just enough to get by will make you invisible.
Learn the Trade. Start obsessively focused on honing all the necessary, foundational skills required to be the best in your industry.
Set the Trend. The greatest trendsetters spend little time watching their competition because they’re too busy wiping the ocean water out of their eyes from standing on the bow of the boat. Think. Try. Fix. Repeat.
Stay organized. Get organized and stay organized. I know many people who can get organized one day only to be disorganized the next. Great organization trumps talent. If you have both, you’re on your way to stardom.
Automate. Systems—even manual ones—make you more efficient and proactive.
Never stop asking, “What’s the problem?” or “How can I better help you?” You can always do better, but just being better is not the goal. You want customers who will never ever leave you. If their replies to your questions resemble, “You’re doing great” or “I can’t think of anything,” then ask them one more question. “What level of service would it require for you to never consider my competitors?”
Go the Extra Mile. If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done. If you want to give the world something it’s never had, you need to do something no one has ever done.