Do you want to have the reputation of being reliable, trust-worthy and a sough-after professional?
Just imagine – you can be one of the most respected top experts in our industry (or chosen niche) while companies rush up to work with you, offering you plenty of attractive perks as well as a great working culture…
It’s all possible – and even much more than this. The truth is that the professional life you dreamed of (which probably includes working with great people for a great cause in a great environment) is just a step away.
That step is taking the decision to “be” a rockstar, every moment you are working (and even beyond).
Some people call it “being a pro”. Others call it “being a hard-worker” or “being a leader”. Millennials call it “being a rockstar”. Whatever you call it, you know what it is – and if you are serious about your professional life, you probably want to reach that status.
Although you are a decision away from starting the process of being a rockstar, the truth is that it takes time. Time, as well as effort and strategy. However, all of it can be done in a fun, inspiring and productive manner.
The following 5 strategies are some of the best you will ever encounter to becoming more of a rockstar in your industry. If you look at any of the top performers in any field, you will surely notice them practicing these strategic actions….
Strategy #1 – Network Effectively
You might be a “lone wolf” or you might be a giggly social person. Neither are a guarantee of your success. Instead, you need to be strategic about the people you surround yourself with.
There’s a classic adage in personal development – you become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. The same is true in your professional life as well. That’s why you need to take extra care about your professional circle.
As you evolve, you also need to spend more time with people who are on the same page as you are. That’s why going to conferences, workshops and gatherings is very important. The most important focus you should have at these events is meeting high-quality professionals with whom you can collaborate and learn from in the future.
You also need to take into consideration that if you are the smartest person in the room, you are probably in the wrong room. This means that you should not settle for complacency and that if you truly want to upgrade your professional circle, you also need to upgrade your skills as well.
Strategy #2 – Learn Smart
The best rockstars I know are avid learners. They learn constantly about their field in order to build mastery and proficiency. There truly is no other way if you want long-term success and fulfillment.
It doesn’t matter how you learn – it just matters that you put the time in, day after day. This means allocating at least 30 minutes daily to learn something new – and I don’t mean “reading the news”-type-of-learning. Reading a book from a highly-respected author, watching a video from an online course, listening to a podcast or to an audiobook – these are all viable solutions which can upgrade your mindset and your skills almost on auto-pilot.
Also, I would recommend learning in other areas beyond your professional focus as well – for instance, learning a new hobby or a side-skill. This is important because you won’t put “all your eggs in one basket”, so to speak. If you develop more competencies and skills, the broader your thinking and your creativity will be, as well as your self-esteem.
Strategy #3 – Take Care Of Your Body
Some people focus so much on professional success that they forget they have to take care of their body as well. We are all familiar with the terms “grinding”, “early riser” and so on. The downside is that all of these are not necessarily healthy – and can be even damaging on the long run.
The highest-successful rockstars in their fields know the importance of taking care of their body. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and managing their stress are the pillars of high performance and extreme productivity.
I urge you to start taking better care of your body starting today – because constantly relying on coffee and other stimulants while lacking the basic good habits of natural health will get you in trouble, sooner or later, while also lowering your productivity which will eventually negatively impact your professional life in an unexpected way.
Strategy #4 – Niche Down To Your Passion
It’s easy to talk about productivity, excellence, being a rockstar and so on – but few people ask themselves the most important question. That question is “Why?”. “Why do I work?”, “Why does this matter?” and “How can I find my most meaningful <<why?>> to live my life from?”
Sure, having good habits is critical for becoming a rockstar but the most successful people focus on their passion. In a more concrete way, they search for their niche which fits their personality and skills the most. Afterwards, it becomes easier and easier – because it’s much more feasible to become a world-renowned expert in a smaller topic than on a broad, general topic.
Sit down and think about what your niche could be. Couple this with exploring and learning and you will soon find out your “Golden Spot”.
Strategy #5 – Take The Initiative
Rockstars are leaders, one way or another. Either they inspire through their skills, their integrity or their vision – but the sure thing is that they inspire the people around them.
If you want to upgrade your skills and mindset, you need to take the initiative. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do – take responsibility and assume it your task to make the best out of it. That’s how you get people to respect you and trust you – by taking the initiative if there’s nobody willing to do it and creating a better life for everyone involved.
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