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6 Big Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job And Follow Your Passion

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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You are probably not satisfied with your job. You want to be successful and you feel that this can only happen if you draw up a resignation letterquit your job and follow your passion. Many people in this situation fear to venture out for the simple fear of how things will work out after they quit their jobs.

Quitting your job to follow your passion can have a lot of advantages especially if you put fear of the unknown aside. 

It is not easy quitting a job, but it could be well worth it.

The following are 6 good reasons why you should quit your current job and follow your passion.

 

1. You Will Get Fulfillment

When you pursue your passion, you will most definitely find fulfillment in what you do. You get the satisfaction of doing what you always desired to do. Remember, fulfillment is not only in money. There are many people who earn huge salaries but don’t find any personal fulfillment. This is simply because they are not living their passion.

In order to be successful, you must take immediate action with the sole intention of fulfilling your passion.

 

2. You Will Always Get Pleasant Surprises

By taking a firm decision of moving out into the world outside your constraining job, you never know what awaits you. But the good thing is that this action opens up immense possibilities, some of which you might not even have thought about. You go to places that you probably never imagined you would. You also meet people who are willing to welcome you and help you on as you pursue your passion. It is never as bad as it seems. But you can never realize the surprises awaiting you if you don’t venture out.

 

3. You Build Your Own Empire

life picture quoteWhen you are employed, most of your time and energy goes into building the fortunes of someone else. What you get in return is only a salary. This is not what you desire if you want to be successful. You have to build your own empire. But you cannot achieve this when you dedicate the best of your time and energy to the economic affairs of someone else.

With employment you miss so many opportunities of building your own personal success. There are very many options to be explored if only you dedicate most of your time and energy into it. Your thoughts will be more focused when you are thinking of fulfilling your passion. But your job could be the hindrance preventing you to make this great leap to freedom and success.

 

4. You Will Not Be Vulnerable

When you get a job, you hope that you will work smoothly until you retire. This is not the case these days. While having a job is good, in the current state of the economy one cannot be guaranteed of job security. Most employees are now at the mercy of the economy and their employers. They are increasingly vulnerable. But by following your passion you are in control of yourself. And with control you will have security and peace of mind.

 

5. You Will Be Empowered

In order to be successful you need to be empowered. This is may not be possible if you remain in your current job. To be empowered means that you must create your own reality using the immense potential in you. By quitting your job and pursuing your passion you are able to break the monotony of your current job and create your own reality. Taking control of your own life becomes immensely empowering.

 

6. You Will Be a Great Person One Day

Success does not happen overnight. Most personal success stories speak of people who painstakingly worked hard from humble beginnings without ever giving up or looking back. You do not have to compare yourself to others who have achieved success in your particular field of passion. They most probably did not compare themselves with those who attained success before them. You just need take small steps of faith and confidence and they will lead you to your greatness. Trust the skills you have and work on them. Eventually, you will realize that it was easier than you imagined when you were starting.

By quitting your job you will pursue your passion without distractions, you will meet new people, explore new places and change your life for good.

 

Checkout Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic, he quit his job and now runs a very successful website by the name of: thatguywiththeglasses.com If you’re gonna quit you job, why not go out in style.

 

The Best Way To Quit Your Day Job

 

Have you quit your job to follow your passion? Please share what happened in our comment section, we’d love to hear your story.

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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54 Comments

  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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Business Networking Is Just Like Dating, Treat It That Way

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Let’s be real, you can all go out and try to find a sale at the next business networking event, but unless you’re a millionaire such as Grant Cardone or Gary Vaynerchuk, what’s the real purpose of going to a business networking event? Business networking events are meant to meet like-minded individuals just like you to build a relationship whether it’s business, friendship, or (call me crazy) even romantic.

So many newbies in the entrepreneur world and seasoned entrepreneurs forget the main purpose of networking events. They just pitch, pitch, and pitch even more without building value. Think of it this way, would you pitch to a romantic interest to sell him or her on you or would you build value to show why you are a great fit for a partnership?

You Have to Be Thirsty

You’ve got to be thirsty and put yourself out there by building value. Now I’m not saying be thirsty for someone, but be thirsty enough to where you start pouring your values onto them. Ask yourself, “why should people want to work with you, let alone get to know you even more?”

As you are letting people know who you are, what you do, why you do it, and where you see yourself in 10 years, they can slowly begin to see value within you.

What makes it even better is that when you ask the same questions back to them, more value is being built, and they will begin to like you. Think of it this way, although some of us are more thirsty for a romantic interest on the entrepreneur journey, you have to act as if you are just as thirsty for success.

It all starts with building value and getting hydrated. As you are putting yourself out there more, be in the mindset to build value because the end goal should be for people to want to work with you.

You Need to Stay Consistent

You must stay consistent with networking because you’re not always going to find the person that’s going to bring value to your business at some events. If you had met someone of a romantic interest, would you stay consistent in building value with them along with showing them reasons to want to be your partner?

I’d bet that you would stay consistent in building value with them. Networking is just like that! Staying consistent in networking means being committed to the value you can bring someone  for months, if not years. You have to keep putting yourself out if you really want the opportunity.

You don’t know what you don’t know so if you want it, you have to keep putting yourself out there. Like the movie, “Field Of Dreams” says, “ if you build it, they will come.” They will come to you but, if you’re not consistent, you will lose opportunities that you’ve been seeking for a long time.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

Finding The Right Match

You got thirsty, you stayed consistent, and you found the right match. Finding the right match can lead you to a business coach or a sale for your business. However, the right match can be any group of people helping you on your journey. This is where you must begin delivering more value and create opportunities for success in your business(es).

However, don’t create opportunities just for you, but also help your right match get opportunities as well. You got to put in greatness so you can get the same results back. The power of leverage is real!

When you get the right match, pick their brain and let them pick your brain. It’s not rocket science, but this is the best way to gain success from networking. They go hand in hand and it all starts with how thirsty you are, how consistent you are willing to be, and getting the best match for your business.

Network Like You’re Dating

Remember, it’s just like dating, keep it simple and don’t make it complicated. Don’t get into your feelings because this is just business and you are there to network. Network and find the right match because if you don’t, someone else will. Be thirsty in building value as you would be thirsty for a romantic interest.

“One of the most powerful networking practices is to provide immediate value to a new connection. This means the moment you identify a way to help someone, take action.” – Lewis Howes

You can’t treat it like a one-time thing and act as if it didn’t serve you because, at the end of the day, it did. If you find someone or something, stay consistent in showing up because after all 80% of success is showing up. Last but not least, get the right match to help grow your business just like someone of a romantic interest helps you grow as a person.

Which one of these pieces of advice resonated most with you? Let us know in the comments below!

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The 4 D’s to Guaranteed Success From Maglite Founder Anthony Maglica

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I caught an inspiring story online recently about an incredible gentleman with a unstoppable work ethic. His name is Anthony (Tony) Maglica and he’s the inventor of the famous Maglite, i.e. a flashlight that revolutionized the industry. With it’s variable-focus beam light, varying sizes to fit the job and an array of accessories, the Maglite has been at the top of the heap for a long time. And widely preferred by law enforcement. Talk about servicing a large, niche market!

Tony, an 87-year-old entrepreneur, came from humble Croatian beginnings to build a thriving, worldwide business in America. He insists his success is due to using only quality American labor and resources in a time when most people outsource to improve their bottom lines. But that’s not the story. The story is Tony’s mantra. Tony Maglica lives by the 4 D’s: Desire, Determination, Dedication and  Discipline.

So let’s dissect that and see how much of Tony’s 4 D’s principle you live by in your life and business:

1. Desire

What are your talents, interests, capabilities? The dictionary says desire is: “a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen”. Are you in a career or business that you enjoy? Do you take your ideas to fruition or teeter off distracted by your next venture or a shiny object? Perhaps you’ve gone to school, learned a profession, only to figure along the way it’s not really what you want.

Without a strong desire to do something, you may have created for yourself just a “job”. So whether you have a strong desire in a particular field or knowing the money makes it all worthwhile, what gets you pumped and jumping out of bed in the morning? In other words, what’s your “why”?

“If you have a burning ambition and desire, absolutely anything can be achieved.” – Jahangir Khan

2. Determination

Tony’s staff says when he has an idea for a product to enhance his line, he stops at nothing to create it. Even if he has to create the machinery to create that extra component, he’s all in. Determination is what drives him. At 87, most think of retirement. Not Tony. He lives for this business he built from scratch.

The dictionary says determination is “firmness of purpose; resoluteness”. So what are you resolved in doing? Are you resolved to be successful? Are you resolved to do whatever needs to be done? To have a standard of excellence?

Are you determined to win? To get training; to stop at nothing; to course correct when needed? Have you thought of a mission statement? What kind of “company” culture would you like to build? Even solo-preneurs benefit from mission statements and company cultures just as much as a Fortune 500 corp.

3. Dedication

How committed are you to your success? And how does that commitment show up? The dictionary says dedication is: “the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose”. If you’re on a deadline but it’s a beautiful day to surf, which would you choose? Honestly, the answer could be both. Figure out the time that the surf is best and do whatever you have to do to work around that to meet your deadline. With deadlines, i.e., commitments, taking priority, of course.

Dedication often goes hand-in-hand with passion. It’s easy to be committed to something when you’re passionate about it. In contrast, if you’re heart’s not in it, you may not be happy. Master marketer Seth Godin, committed to write a blog post each day. And he’s done so, religiously, for something like the past couple of decades. He also says he never commits to a project unless he’s determined to complete it. He’s very cautious of where he puts his time and effort. His motto: “Ship or it doesn’t count”.

“I have not idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” – Ayrton Senna

4. Discipline

Tony Maglica starts each day at 5:00 a.m. and doesn’t stop until his body tells him to. Similarly,  “Rambo” star Sly Stallone, says he wakes up at 4:00 a.m., readies himself for his daily morning regimen of writing (from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.) before jumping into other endeavors. He says he approaches writing with the same discipline as working out.

Even Shark Tank’s Daymond John, boasts he starts his day at around 6:00 a.m., gets in some form of exercise, and keeps his calendar booked with meetings and shows until evening.

Tony Maglica, inventor, entrepreneur, employer and success role-model maintains: “If you have that (the 4 D’s), you have everything you want to succeed. Doesn’t matter if you use it in your job, your home, your family. Anything you want to achieve. Use this recipe for anything in life and you will make it. Guaranteed!”

  • So I wonder: what’s your success regimen look like?
  • What time do you hop out of bed? (And in what condition?)
  • What are your convictions? Are your actions true to your dreams?

Success isn’t created in a vacuum, it comes from motion. Forward-motion gets us closer to our goals. Stagnation causes atrophy – in our body, and in our business. So whatever you’re going through, whatever level of “stuck” you may be at at any given moment, take a deep breath, maybe a walk to clear the cobwebs in the brain and recall Tony’s Four D’s: Desire, Determination, Dedication and Discipline.

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3 Life Lessons in Perseverance to Achieve Your Wildest Dreams

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I have two careers as an actor and a marketer with each having its own unique challenges. However, the number of parallels I continue to find in my chosen professions never ceases to amaze me. Of these lessons, perhaps one of the most valuable is that of persistence, and the mental resilience I’ve had to learn. You can’t be an actor without resilience. Nine times out of 10 (if not more) the answer is going to be no.

Acting is a lesson in endurance, not a sprint. When you think about it though, doesn’t that apply to any career? It’s not easy to “Keep on keeping on.” No matter what path life has led you down, I’m sure you’ve experienced plenty of bumps. Sometimes, those bumps turn into potholes that the universe seems to refuse to fix.

As an actor, rejection is par for the course. Thankfully, I’ve learned how to persevere in spite of it. When life gets especially challenging, and you are dealing with change, disappointment or missteps, make use of these life lessons and continue pressing on towards your goal.

Below are 3 lessons in perseverance which will help you achieve your wildest dreams:

1. Know when it’s time to recalibrate

Goals are an important and necessary tool to reach our full potential. They keep us focused to help make small decisions on a daily basis such as if I should get up for that 8 a.m. run along with bigger decisions such as if I should take a new job offer. While setting goals is essential, don’t let them overpower you.

Tunnel vision in reaching your goals adds unnecessary pressure. This causes us to make mistakes we wouldn’t have made otherwise. Get too obsessed with a goal and you’ll forget the big picture, such as why you chose this course to begin with. Take a lesson from one of my favorite casting directors, Dave Newman of McSweeney Newman Casting.

Forget trying to “make it big” as an actor. It is normal to wait years before booking work with a decent paycheck. If you’re in the room with Dave, it’s hard not to let the pressure take over your performance.

In the words of Dave, as soon as those words from A Chorus Line enter your head, “God, I hope I get it!” it’s time to adjust your mindset. Dave advises taking a step back, refocusing, and doing anything that isn’t acting. Sometimes the best way to reach a goal is by shifting your gaze just for a moment. Take the pressure off and recalibrate your thoughts. You’ll come back recharged with a fresh perspective to pursue your objectives.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

2. Appreciate the journey

Perseverance requires a heaping dose of appreciation. This means acknowledging all the wins in your life, both big and small. Even if you haven’t yet met your goal, remember that you are moving towards it and that alone is an achievement.

As Linda Gillum, Casting Director at Chicago theatre Remy Bumppo explains, “With everything you do, you’re planting seeds.” It takes time for the seeds of success to grow. As an actor, my seeds take a lot of sunshine, water, and gratitude for the little things. A win can be as simple as improving my technique or getting an audition; I can’t base my happiness on booked jobs.

Persistence becomes much easier when you notice your achievements despite those potholes surrounding you. Celebrate the small wins; they’re what milestones are built on. Even if your manager or co-workers don’t recognize your work, give yourself that pat on the back.

To stay motivated, make a mental highlight reel of your achievements. Afterwards, be ready to hit the play button whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.

3. Embrace mistakes or at least be okay with them

No matter how much you hate mistakes, they’ll keep happening. Some people seem to move on from mistakes quickly, letting them roll off their backs. For others, that’s not the case (If you’re fighting to be perfect or gain confidence I’m talking to you!). The fear to avoid mistakes can be crippling.

This is also true in acting, where you work and wait years for a five-minute audition that could change everything. However, my best work won’t come unless I live in the moment and trust my instincts. And you know what that means, things can go wrong in an instant. But guess what? I still have to dive in, and I mean all in. If I don’t risk it all, my audition will suck, and I’ll lose before I even walk through the door.

We all recognize that positives, including life lessons, come from mistakes. However, that doesn’t stop the nosedive mistakes caused on emotions and confidence. Sometimes, we do everything in our power to avoid that feeling.

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

Remember that there’s truth in the statement, “The biggest mistake is not making mistakes.” One way to get over your fear of failure is to make your focus on continuous improvement, not perfection. Teaching yourself to be okay with mistakes takes time but is necessary to maintain resilience.

You can allow yourself a learning curve, but it is essential to work on letting go of missteps. It takes practice to let go of the could have or would have statements. The good news is practice and persistence go hand-in-hand.

Take stock of what makes you happy in life, and turn to those things when mistakes happen. Little by little, as you learn to turn your attention elsewhere when missteps occur, you’ll train your brain to move on. This is how mistakes lose their power over you and enable you to pursue your goal with confidence.

Persistence is a state of mind. In the end, it means being kind to yourself. Know when to give yourself a break and pat on the back as you recharge your batteries. Then, you’ll find yourself able to maneuver whatever twists and turns life throws your way.

How do you remain determined in reaching your goals when it seems like the day won’t come? Let us know your advice and tips for your fellow entrepreneurs below!

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Dress for Success: 4 Small Fashion Choices That Make All the Difference

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When it comes to succeeding in business, making a good impression is just as much about your inner qualities as it is about your outer presentation. The fact of the matter is that your clothing and color choices, affect others’ perception of you. Believe it or not, you can achieve fashion-inspired success without splurging on a pair of Louboutins or shelling out $1000 for a designer suit. Just a few striking accessories can often complete the picture.

It may sound ridiculous that small accessories can affect the vibe you give off. It’s true, and certain accessories can even send certain messages. A recent study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire found that well-dressed male figures (whose faces were not shown) were perceived to be more confident, trustworthy, and well-to-do. Even minor adjustments to their clothing, such as adding on an accessory or more closely tailoring the suit, impacted these impressions.

However, our clothes not only impact the way others perceive us, but the way we perceive ourselves. A study conducted by the Scientific American, found that those who “suit up” performed better in cognitive tests. It suggests that being well-dressed releases more testosterone, which in turn increases confidence.

This allows well-dressed professionals to negotiate better deals, and in the long run, potentially make more money. So, maybe you’ve got the clothes, but what are the finishing touches you can put on your outfit to send an even stronger message? See below!

1. Wear a watch

A beautiful watch makes all the difference – and this goes for men and women. Even a simple button-down and jeans, or plain-colored dress, can be exponentially stylized by a standout watch. Charismatic individuals tend to talk more with their hands, too, as this captivates their listeners. Wearing a flashy wrist accessory like a watch will make your points even more engrossing. Furthermore, wearing a watch sends a subconscious message: you’re always on time. Individuals who wear a watch can always keep track of time and therefore, will never be late to a meeting.

“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – There are hints about who you are in what you wear.” – Marc Jacobs

2. Tie it off with a tie pin

The one criticism of men’s business fashion is that it lacks variety. Let’s face it, while women have an infinite number of patterns, dress lengths, colors, and sleeve styles to choose from, men are pretty much locked into one outfit: the suit. You can buy one in suede, another in navy blue, throw in a paisley tie, but it’s simply not enough.

Adding on a tie pin will make a significant difference. Not only does it add a little shimmer to an otherwise dull suit, but it adds personality too. The kind of tie pin you choose says a lot about you. Maybe you’re a simple guy who just likes sterling silver, or you may choose to tout your school pride by wearing the colors of your alma mater (which, by the way, can also make a great conversation starter).

You can also create custom tie pins that feature the name of your company, or perhaps a saying that you’re fond of. The options are limitless.

3. A quality briefcase

It doesn’t even matter if you have nothing to carry around, the key is to never show up empty-handed. A quality leather briefcase is an important asset for men and women. Backpacks and most handbags don’t signify professionalism. A briefcase, on the other hand, symbolizes professionalism and importance. After all, what else would you carry in a briefcase except for a load of important documents and files, right?

The truth is, it doesn’t matter if all you have in your briefcase is a Kit-Kat Bar. All that matters is that it’s by your side and contains the essentials – a beautiful silver pen (perhaps with your name engraved), a notepad or iPad, and business cards that can be pulled out in a flash without having to rummage through your pockets.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head

4. Nice sunglasses

It’s a sunny day and you’ve got a working lunch across town. Rather than squinting your way from Point A to Point B, top off your look with a pair of stylish sunglasses. Not only do these send a more casual vibe when tucked in your pocket, but the right sunglasses can give you a sleek aesthetic (think 007, but with business lunches). Wayfarers a la Audrey Hepburn and aviators a la Tom Cruise are the go-to choices for business professional sunglasses. You can’t go wrong with either of these styles.

The bottom line is that you choose how you wish to be viewed. The lesson here is much akin to the old adage: “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” And if you have the job you want, don’t send your fashion choices to the sidelines. Not only can clothes/accessories indicate our knowledge and experience, but also our authority.

How has a nice outfit helped you in your professional career? Comment below!

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Business Networking Is Just Like Dating, Treat It That Way

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Let’s be real, you can all go out and try to find a sale at the next business networking event, but unless you’re a millionaire such as Grant Cardone or Gary Vaynerchuk, what’s the real purpose of going to a business networking event? Business networking events are meant to meet like-minded individuals just like you to build a relationship whether it’s business, friendship, or (call me crazy) even romantic. (more…)

Dominic Cruz is the CruzIN Social Media Marketer, ex-professional hip-hop dancer, a college graduate at SDSU, public speaker, and a published writer. He has a strong passion for social media and for what it has to offer to business owners like you. He was raised in the city of Boston, MA and born in New Orleans, LA. Every day there is something new in the world of social media and there are multiple ways of getting paid using social media. It's the platform that brings you maximum exposure and with more exposure is more opportunity to bring in GUARANTEED revenue. To learn more about his company, visit his site here.

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  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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Business Networking Is Just Like Dating, Treat It That Way

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Let’s be real, you can all go out and try to find a sale at the next business networking event, but unless you’re a millionaire such as Grant Cardone or Gary Vaynerchuk, what’s the real purpose of going to a business networking event? Business networking events are meant to meet like-minded individuals just like you to build a relationship whether it’s business, friendship, or (call me crazy) even romantic.

So many newbies in the entrepreneur world and seasoned entrepreneurs forget the main purpose of networking events. They just pitch, pitch, and pitch even more without building value. Think of it this way, would you pitch to a romantic interest to sell him or her on you or would you build value to show why you are a great fit for a partnership?

You Have to Be Thirsty

You’ve got to be thirsty and put yourself out there by building value. Now I’m not saying be thirsty for someone, but be thirsty enough to where you start pouring your values onto them. Ask yourself, “why should people want to work with you, let alone get to know you even more?”

As you are letting people know who you are, what you do, why you do it, and where you see yourself in 10 years, they can slowly begin to see value within you.

What makes it even better is that when you ask the same questions back to them, more value is being built, and they will begin to like you. Think of it this way, although some of us are more thirsty for a romantic interest on the entrepreneur journey, you have to act as if you are just as thirsty for success.

It all starts with building value and getting hydrated. As you are putting yourself out there more, be in the mindset to build value because the end goal should be for people to want to work with you.

You Need to Stay Consistent

You must stay consistent with networking because you’re not always going to find the person that’s going to bring value to your business at some events. If you had met someone of a romantic interest, would you stay consistent in building value with them along with showing them reasons to want to be your partner?

I’d bet that you would stay consistent in building value with them. Networking is just like that! Staying consistent in networking means being committed to the value you can bring someone  for months, if not years. You have to keep putting yourself out if you really want the opportunity.

You don’t know what you don’t know so if you want it, you have to keep putting yourself out there. Like the movie, “Field Of Dreams” says, “ if you build it, they will come.” They will come to you but, if you’re not consistent, you will lose opportunities that you’ve been seeking for a long time.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

Finding The Right Match

You got thirsty, you stayed consistent, and you found the right match. Finding the right match can lead you to a business coach or a sale for your business. However, the right match can be any group of people helping you on your journey. This is where you must begin delivering more value and create opportunities for success in your business(es).

However, don’t create opportunities just for you, but also help your right match get opportunities as well. You got to put in greatness so you can get the same results back. The power of leverage is real!

When you get the right match, pick their brain and let them pick your brain. It’s not rocket science, but this is the best way to gain success from networking. They go hand in hand and it all starts with how thirsty you are, how consistent you are willing to be, and getting the best match for your business.

Network Like You’re Dating

Remember, it’s just like dating, keep it simple and don’t make it complicated. Don’t get into your feelings because this is just business and you are there to network. Network and find the right match because if you don’t, someone else will. Be thirsty in building value as you would be thirsty for a romantic interest.

“One of the most powerful networking practices is to provide immediate value to a new connection. This means the moment you identify a way to help someone, take action.” – Lewis Howes

You can’t treat it like a one-time thing and act as if it didn’t serve you because, at the end of the day, it did. If you find someone or something, stay consistent in showing up because after all 80% of success is showing up. Last but not least, get the right match to help grow your business just like someone of a romantic interest helps you grow as a person.

Which one of these pieces of advice resonated most with you? Let us know in the comments below!

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The 4 D’s to Guaranteed Success From Maglite Founder Anthony Maglica

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I caught an inspiring story online recently about an incredible gentleman with a unstoppable work ethic. His name is Anthony (Tony) Maglica and he’s the inventor of the famous Maglite, i.e. a flashlight that revolutionized the industry. With it’s variable-focus beam light, varying sizes to fit the job and an array of accessories, the Maglite has been at the top of the heap for a long time. And widely preferred by law enforcement. Talk about servicing a large, niche market!

Tony, an 87-year-old entrepreneur, came from humble Croatian beginnings to build a thriving, worldwide business in America. He insists his success is due to using only quality American labor and resources in a time when most people outsource to improve their bottom lines. But that’s not the story. The story is Tony’s mantra. Tony Maglica lives by the 4 D’s: Desire, Determination, Dedication and  Discipline.

So let’s dissect that and see how much of Tony’s 4 D’s principle you live by in your life and business:

1. Desire

What are your talents, interests, capabilities? The dictionary says desire is: “a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen”. Are you in a career or business that you enjoy? Do you take your ideas to fruition or teeter off distracted by your next venture or a shiny object? Perhaps you’ve gone to school, learned a profession, only to figure along the way it’s not really what you want.

Without a strong desire to do something, you may have created for yourself just a “job”. So whether you have a strong desire in a particular field or knowing the money makes it all worthwhile, what gets you pumped and jumping out of bed in the morning? In other words, what’s your “why”?

“If you have a burning ambition and desire, absolutely anything can be achieved.” – Jahangir Khan

2. Determination

Tony’s staff says when he has an idea for a product to enhance his line, he stops at nothing to create it. Even if he has to create the machinery to create that extra component, he’s all in. Determination is what drives him. At 87, most think of retirement. Not Tony. He lives for this business he built from scratch.

The dictionary says determination is “firmness of purpose; resoluteness”. So what are you resolved in doing? Are you resolved to be successful? Are you resolved to do whatever needs to be done? To have a standard of excellence?

Are you determined to win? To get training; to stop at nothing; to course correct when needed? Have you thought of a mission statement? What kind of “company” culture would you like to build? Even solo-preneurs benefit from mission statements and company cultures just as much as a Fortune 500 corp.

3. Dedication

How committed are you to your success? And how does that commitment show up? The dictionary says dedication is: “the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose”. If you’re on a deadline but it’s a beautiful day to surf, which would you choose? Honestly, the answer could be both. Figure out the time that the surf is best and do whatever you have to do to work around that to meet your deadline. With deadlines, i.e., commitments, taking priority, of course.

Dedication often goes hand-in-hand with passion. It’s easy to be committed to something when you’re passionate about it. In contrast, if you’re heart’s not in it, you may not be happy. Master marketer Seth Godin, committed to write a blog post each day. And he’s done so, religiously, for something like the past couple of decades. He also says he never commits to a project unless he’s determined to complete it. He’s very cautious of where he puts his time and effort. His motto: “Ship or it doesn’t count”.

“I have not idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” – Ayrton Senna

4. Discipline

Tony Maglica starts each day at 5:00 a.m. and doesn’t stop until his body tells him to. Similarly,  “Rambo” star Sly Stallone, says he wakes up at 4:00 a.m., readies himself for his daily morning regimen of writing (from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.) before jumping into other endeavors. He says he approaches writing with the same discipline as working out.

Even Shark Tank’s Daymond John, boasts he starts his day at around 6:00 a.m., gets in some form of exercise, and keeps his calendar booked with meetings and shows until evening.

Tony Maglica, inventor, entrepreneur, employer and success role-model maintains: “If you have that (the 4 D’s), you have everything you want to succeed. Doesn’t matter if you use it in your job, your home, your family. Anything you want to achieve. Use this recipe for anything in life and you will make it. Guaranteed!”

  • So I wonder: what’s your success regimen look like?
  • What time do you hop out of bed? (And in what condition?)
  • What are your convictions? Are your actions true to your dreams?

Success isn’t created in a vacuum, it comes from motion. Forward-motion gets us closer to our goals. Stagnation causes atrophy – in our body, and in our business. So whatever you’re going through, whatever level of “stuck” you may be at at any given moment, take a deep breath, maybe a walk to clear the cobwebs in the brain and recall Tony’s Four D’s: Desire, Determination, Dedication and Discipline.

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3 Life Lessons in Perseverance to Achieve Your Wildest Dreams

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I have two careers as an actor and a marketer with each having its own unique challenges. However, the number of parallels I continue to find in my chosen professions never ceases to amaze me. Of these lessons, perhaps one of the most valuable is that of persistence, and the mental resilience I’ve had to learn. You can’t be an actor without resilience. Nine times out of 10 (if not more) the answer is going to be no.

Acting is a lesson in endurance, not a sprint. When you think about it though, doesn’t that apply to any career? It’s not easy to “Keep on keeping on.” No matter what path life has led you down, I’m sure you’ve experienced plenty of bumps. Sometimes, those bumps turn into potholes that the universe seems to refuse to fix.

As an actor, rejection is par for the course. Thankfully, I’ve learned how to persevere in spite of it. When life gets especially challenging, and you are dealing with change, disappointment or missteps, make use of these life lessons and continue pressing on towards your goal.

Below are 3 lessons in perseverance which will help you achieve your wildest dreams:

1. Know when it’s time to recalibrate

Goals are an important and necessary tool to reach our full potential. They keep us focused to help make small decisions on a daily basis such as if I should get up for that 8 a.m. run along with bigger decisions such as if I should take a new job offer. While setting goals is essential, don’t let them overpower you.

Tunnel vision in reaching your goals adds unnecessary pressure. This causes us to make mistakes we wouldn’t have made otherwise. Get too obsessed with a goal and you’ll forget the big picture, such as why you chose this course to begin with. Take a lesson from one of my favorite casting directors, Dave Newman of McSweeney Newman Casting.

Forget trying to “make it big” as an actor. It is normal to wait years before booking work with a decent paycheck. If you’re in the room with Dave, it’s hard not to let the pressure take over your performance.

In the words of Dave, as soon as those words from A Chorus Line enter your head, “God, I hope I get it!” it’s time to adjust your mindset. Dave advises taking a step back, refocusing, and doing anything that isn’t acting. Sometimes the best way to reach a goal is by shifting your gaze just for a moment. Take the pressure off and recalibrate your thoughts. You’ll come back recharged with a fresh perspective to pursue your objectives.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

2. Appreciate the journey

Perseverance requires a heaping dose of appreciation. This means acknowledging all the wins in your life, both big and small. Even if you haven’t yet met your goal, remember that you are moving towards it and that alone is an achievement.

As Linda Gillum, Casting Director at Chicago theatre Remy Bumppo explains, “With everything you do, you’re planting seeds.” It takes time for the seeds of success to grow. As an actor, my seeds take a lot of sunshine, water, and gratitude for the little things. A win can be as simple as improving my technique or getting an audition; I can’t base my happiness on booked jobs.

Persistence becomes much easier when you notice your achievements despite those potholes surrounding you. Celebrate the small wins; they’re what milestones are built on. Even if your manager or co-workers don’t recognize your work, give yourself that pat on the back.

To stay motivated, make a mental highlight reel of your achievements. Afterwards, be ready to hit the play button whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.

3. Embrace mistakes or at least be okay with them

No matter how much you hate mistakes, they’ll keep happening. Some people seem to move on from mistakes quickly, letting them roll off their backs. For others, that’s not the case (If you’re fighting to be perfect or gain confidence I’m talking to you!). The fear to avoid mistakes can be crippling.

This is also true in acting, where you work and wait years for a five-minute audition that could change everything. However, my best work won’t come unless I live in the moment and trust my instincts. And you know what that means, things can go wrong in an instant. But guess what? I still have to dive in, and I mean all in. If I don’t risk it all, my audition will suck, and I’ll lose before I even walk through the door.

We all recognize that positives, including life lessons, come from mistakes. However, that doesn’t stop the nosedive mistakes caused on emotions and confidence. Sometimes, we do everything in our power to avoid that feeling.

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

Remember that there’s truth in the statement, “The biggest mistake is not making mistakes.” One way to get over your fear of failure is to make your focus on continuous improvement, not perfection. Teaching yourself to be okay with mistakes takes time but is necessary to maintain resilience.

You can allow yourself a learning curve, but it is essential to work on letting go of missteps. It takes practice to let go of the could have or would have statements. The good news is practice and persistence go hand-in-hand.

Take stock of what makes you happy in life, and turn to those things when mistakes happen. Little by little, as you learn to turn your attention elsewhere when missteps occur, you’ll train your brain to move on. This is how mistakes lose their power over you and enable you to pursue your goal with confidence.

Persistence is a state of mind. In the end, it means being kind to yourself. Know when to give yourself a break and pat on the back as you recharge your batteries. Then, you’ll find yourself able to maneuver whatever twists and turns life throws your way.

How do you remain determined in reaching your goals when it seems like the day won’t come? Let us know your advice and tips for your fellow entrepreneurs below!

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Dress for Success: 4 Small Fashion Choices That Make All the Difference

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When it comes to succeeding in business, making a good impression is just as much about your inner qualities as it is about your outer presentation. The fact of the matter is that your clothing and color choices, affect others’ perception of you. Believe it or not, you can achieve fashion-inspired success without splurging on a pair of Louboutins or shelling out $1000 for a designer suit. Just a few striking accessories can often complete the picture.

It may sound ridiculous that small accessories can affect the vibe you give off. It’s true, and certain accessories can even send certain messages. A recent study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire found that well-dressed male figures (whose faces were not shown) were perceived to be more confident, trustworthy, and well-to-do. Even minor adjustments to their clothing, such as adding on an accessory or more closely tailoring the suit, impacted these impressions.

However, our clothes not only impact the way others perceive us, but the way we perceive ourselves. A study conducted by the Scientific American, found that those who “suit up” performed better in cognitive tests. It suggests that being well-dressed releases more testosterone, which in turn increases confidence.

This allows well-dressed professionals to negotiate better deals, and in the long run, potentially make more money. So, maybe you’ve got the clothes, but what are the finishing touches you can put on your outfit to send an even stronger message? See below!

1. Wear a watch

A beautiful watch makes all the difference – and this goes for men and women. Even a simple button-down and jeans, or plain-colored dress, can be exponentially stylized by a standout watch. Charismatic individuals tend to talk more with their hands, too, as this captivates their listeners. Wearing a flashy wrist accessory like a watch will make your points even more engrossing. Furthermore, wearing a watch sends a subconscious message: you’re always on time. Individuals who wear a watch can always keep track of time and therefore, will never be late to a meeting.

“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – There are hints about who you are in what you wear.” – Marc Jacobs

2. Tie it off with a tie pin

The one criticism of men’s business fashion is that it lacks variety. Let’s face it, while women have an infinite number of patterns, dress lengths, colors, and sleeve styles to choose from, men are pretty much locked into one outfit: the suit. You can buy one in suede, another in navy blue, throw in a paisley tie, but it’s simply not enough.

Adding on a tie pin will make a significant difference. Not only does it add a little shimmer to an otherwise dull suit, but it adds personality too. The kind of tie pin you choose says a lot about you. Maybe you’re a simple guy who just likes sterling silver, or you may choose to tout your school pride by wearing the colors of your alma mater (which, by the way, can also make a great conversation starter).

You can also create custom tie pins that feature the name of your company, or perhaps a saying that you’re fond of. The options are limitless.

3. A quality briefcase

It doesn’t even matter if you have nothing to carry around, the key is to never show up empty-handed. A quality leather briefcase is an important asset for men and women. Backpacks and most handbags don’t signify professionalism. A briefcase, on the other hand, symbolizes professionalism and importance. After all, what else would you carry in a briefcase except for a load of important documents and files, right?

The truth is, it doesn’t matter if all you have in your briefcase is a Kit-Kat Bar. All that matters is that it’s by your side and contains the essentials – a beautiful silver pen (perhaps with your name engraved), a notepad or iPad, and business cards that can be pulled out in a flash without having to rummage through your pockets.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head

4. Nice sunglasses

It’s a sunny day and you’ve got a working lunch across town. Rather than squinting your way from Point A to Point B, top off your look with a pair of stylish sunglasses. Not only do these send a more casual vibe when tucked in your pocket, but the right sunglasses can give you a sleek aesthetic (think 007, but with business lunches). Wayfarers a la Audrey Hepburn and aviators a la Tom Cruise are the go-to choices for business professional sunglasses. You can’t go wrong with either of these styles.

The bottom line is that you choose how you wish to be viewed. The lesson here is much akin to the old adage: “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” And if you have the job you want, don’t send your fashion choices to the sidelines. Not only can clothes/accessories indicate our knowledge and experience, but also our authority.

How has a nice outfit helped you in your professional career? Comment below!

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