I wish someone had told me these set of wisdom I acquired through experience. But I’m fortunate enough to push myself, take a risk, and learn all those years that developed my skills, knowledge, and wisdom that I am now sharing.
1. Don’t fear to make mistakes
In school, you are punished when you make mistakes. In life, mistakes are a very important learning tool. We need to learn from our mistakes so that we do not run the risk of repeating them. We must develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices. Good judgment will only develop if you truly learn from your mistakes.
Learning from mistakes requires three things:
- Putting yourself in situations where you can make interesting mistakes
- Having the self-confidence to admit to them
- Being courageous about making changes
2. Learn New Skills
Skill is an ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).
In Corporate and in Business, they always have these 4 primary systems, Communication systems, Operating Systems, Financial Systems, and People Management Systems. Sales and/or Marketing go under Communication. Accounting goes under Financial. Information Technology, Warehouse, Distributions go under Operations. Payrolls and Human Resources go under People Management. I acquired all these skills through night course, part-time courses, and practical experience. Not only you are marketable, but also help improve your business.
3. Learn to make money work for you
Most people are trained to work for money. Most schools don’t teach financials. I study this on my free time by reading books, online publications, watching videos, and experimenting on various ways to make money for you. I studied Residual income through MLM, Passive income such as Interest, Dividends, and Good Adsense. Learn to make money work for you such as Dividend Income, Interest Income, Bonds, Rental Income, Business income, Royalties and etc..
4. Push your limit and outside of your comfort zone
By pushing beyond your limits, you can become everything that you ever wanted to be. You can achieve your dreams and leave a lasting legacy.
I always push myself both Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally. Pushing myself to the limit helps me recognize more about myself.
5. Keep Learning
Keep reading and gain practical experience. Diversify your workout routine, your habits, or routine. Keep experimenting. If you ignore the importance of continuous learning, you will waste money, you will waste time, and you will miss opportunities.
Here are some ways to keep learning:
- Look into training courses at work
- Attend conferences and seminars
- Get into a habit of regular reading
- Challenge yourself
- Watch documentaries and videos
- Talk to people who are smarter than you or experts on their field
- Keep asking questions
6. Acquire good daily habits
Habits are routine behaviors done on a regular basis.
It takes time to break bad habits and acquire good habits. So start early to set good habits such as Morning exercises, healthy diets, planning, meditation, budgeting, good study habits, and etc..
Strategic networking is a key driver behind increased salaries and career advancement, yet many of us spend our 20s networking haphazardly. Our personal network will help get you jobs, and help you get ahead.
Now is the time to begin building strong, mutually beneficial relationships with others who can help you, and whom you can help in turn. No one becomes successful on his or her own. Our friends, colleagues, mentors and acquaintances play important roles in helping us find opportunities.
Approach networking with a plan of action. Ask yourself who you should be meeting. Who are the people that can help you reach your career goals? And what talents and skills do you have to offer them that sets you apart from others?
To help you build your personal network, here are five ideas you can implement today.
1. Give way more than you expect to receive
To build a strong personal network, adopt a giver’s mentality.
Be a giver, not a taker. Add real value to your personal relationships and be available to help other people get what they’re after. Make introductions and recommendations, give advice and insight, and do whatever else is asked of you.
Remember: you’re networking to help other people, so help! Expect nothing in return.
Give your time, give your energy, and give your effort to the people in your personal network. What you give to your network today will come back to you in the future, in multiples. It always does.
2. Escape your bubble to meet new people
Meeting new people can be uncomfortable. It’s one of the reasons why we hang with the same friends, go to the same spots, and follow the same routines each day.
But, our friends were once all strangers. And, making strangers into friends is an excellent way to extend a personal network. The hard part is going to where the strangers are.
Think about your world and the places you go — the coffee shops, the gyms, the restaurants and class. If you changed it up and went to new coffee shops or joined a gym across town, you’d meet a lot of new people.
Same if you joined a special interest group or club in your community. It might feel weird to walk into a room to meet a bunch of strangers, but they’re only strangers until they’re your friends.
Getting outside of your routine will help you meet new people to add to your network. As your network size grows, so do your opportunities for long-term success.
3. Be aware of the thing that sets you apart from the crowd
Networking events are usually hosted for people with a common interest. Your school may host an alumni networking event, as an example; or your local chamber of commerce may host a business networking event.
At events like this, it’s easy to start a conversation because everyone has something in common. They all went to the same school or work in the same area.
To capture somebody’s interest in a conversation, then, you’ll need to understand what specifically sets you apart and makes you interesting. This will help you be memorable, which is a key part of building your network. It doesn’t have to be a business thing, either!
Maybe you were an extra in a movie; or, you took some outdoor adventure.
If you have trouble identify something fascinating about yourself, ask someone to do it who’s in your inner circle. And, you can do the same for them.
Making good conversation is part of building a strong network.