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6 Important Ways You Can Be The Best In Any Industry

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My New Year started in fabulous fashion, high on life, loving what I do moving ahead at a rapid pace. This week, I had a meeting scheduled with a highly talented Film Director. We decided to meet at a local popular café to discuss the script to my upcoming short film “The Foundations of Love”. The meeting started out like any other ordering our favorite coffee before discussing the business at hand. What I was not expecting was an enlightening evening on how to be the best in any industry.

As we were talking, he explained his biggest frustration with those wanting to achieve success. He believes people have the talent to become at what they do yet their focus is elsewhere often on superficial goals such as fame and fortune rather than producing brilliant work. I am excited to share these gems with you.

Here are six steps on how you can be the best in any industry:

1. Be obsessed

The obsession begins when you decide on your dream. For the past 5 years, my film director is obsessed with creating and directing films. When he first started he had no idea what to do. He purchased his first camera on Gumtree and is completely self-taught. He is now directing his third film and has received funding from a major film company.

Aim to know everything about your industry, teach yourself new skills, develop your unhidden talents, focus on self-study, research, enroll in a course, inspire others, and network like there is no tomorrow – go out of your way to meet others in your industry. Become the no 1 Expert in your industry so people think of you first.

“Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly”. – Frank Kafka

2. Become exceptional

Give your absolute best every day and serve people to the best of your ability. High-achievers genuinely want to make a difference in people’s lives and serve at the highest level to solve problems. Everything you do is to be completed to the highest standards.

There are no exceptions or excuses – no one cares if you are tired, sick, dealing with personal issues or haven’t had a holiday for 2 years. Deal with it! Strengthen your mind and body to be the best version of yourself. Live each day like it’s your last.

 

3. Plan to be in it for the long haul

Patience and perseverance keeps you in the game. Write down your strategy, goals and set up a yearly plan. What do you need to do on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis. Focus on 3 main priorities daily that create the biggest impact.

Plan for the future, whilst remaining focused on the present moment. Focus on being engaged in your present activity whether you are in a sales meeting, talking to a client, or creating a proposal. Remember, no one in the world is an overnight success no matter how it might appear.

 

4. Learn to shut out the world

Delete unimportant emails, screen phone calls, limit social media, stay away from family dramas, and decline social events. To be the best requires making sacrifices others take for granted. With all the distractions in the modern world, you need to develop the ability to tune out. If you are not prepared to do this, mediocrity will become your best friend.

When you become obsessed by what you do, the rest of the world disappears; you are in flow every day as you are doing what you love despite the costs. Start blocking out the unimportant things in life right this second.

 

5. Learn to trust yourself

Learn to completely trust yourself. Let’s face it, people are absolutely brilliant and love giving others advice on what to do, what not to do and how to live. This is the fastest road to confusion and unhappiness. Know what is right for you and the more you trust yourself the more easily it becomes to make decisions and choices in line with your best interests. At one point, I was receiving advice from so many well-intended advisors on a daily basis, which left me feeling confused and overwhelmed, not knowing which way to turn.

To refocus, recall the reasons you started. Ask yourself: What is your highest purpose in life? You know better than anyone what is good for you! This does not mean you won’t make mistakes from time to time. The key is to keep moving – momentum is energy and creates more momentum.

 

6. Figure out how to play the game of life your way

There are many roads to get you where you want to go. You can achieve your goal irrespective if you are working full-time or part-time. When I started out, I was of the opinion that there was one road. Now, I have come to realise that there are a million people making a massive impact whilst working full-time. Leaving your job to focus on your business does not automatically create more success nor does it mean you are creating more of an impact. Choose the right course of action for you.

My Film Director is a wonderful example of this, working full-time yet giving every second of his time outside of work to focus on his art. He has done this for 5 years, in reality, when you are obsessed and on purpose like he is time goes by in a flash.

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein

There you have it, the 6 steps to be the best in any industry. Think about what steps you can take today to become the best in your industry, what changes can you make, do you need to rethink your strategy, trust yourself more, or spend time networking. Grab a notepad and pen now and make a list now of the action steps you can take to make 2016 a super-spectacular year!

Which steps are you going to start implementing? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Angelina Zimmerman is a Head Coach & Trainer who specialises in mindset coaching and workshops to help people shift their mindset from a fixed to a growth mindset in order to promote exponential growth to achieve personal and professional goals.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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