Passion + Perseverance = SUCCESS

Have you ever wanted to be a success? Well now, it is easier then ever to be successful at what you love and be paid for it. I have been interviewing people in a variety of industries and jobs who are at the top of their field. Many have been making 6 figures and beyond for the last 30 years, and some have only recently attained their success. The question is: What is the common denominator between them all? 

PASSION

The people in life who are most successful and can sustain their success, are those who are passionate about what they do. If you are not passionate about what you, you will not be able to sustain your success long term. The common theme among all of the 6 figure successes that I have interviewed is that they love what they do and are excited to get out of bed every day. When you love what you do, other people can tell, and the monetary rewards will quickly follow.

BUT

Passion alone will not help you to be a 6 figure success. You MUST also have the drive and the willingess to persevere to compliment your passion. Without drive your passion will never amount to much. You can be tremendously passionate and excited about a certain product or service, however, until you back that passion with ambition and perserverance you will not go far. Ambition is necessary because you need to be unstoppable in achieving your goals when things do not go your way. Many of the 6 figure successes I have interviewed went through hard times and had to persevere in the face of their hardships. Some immediately attained success, however, even their success could not have been sustained long term without a driving force that has them continue to do what they know they need to do to be successful.

Passion + Perseverance = SUCCESS!

If you are looking to be a 6 figure success, ask yourself: What am I passionate about? Then go out there and start to do it. In addition, set goals for yourself, and go after them. Do not let yourself get deterred when things do not go your way. You must persevere to achieve your dreams!

Hindsight & Learning from Mistakes

While in London, I decided to continue the research for my upcoming book. In doing so, I had the opportunity to interview an extremely successful businessman who has been in distribution for close to 20 years. We began to talk about the first time he ever made 6 figures, and had to clarify that 100,000 pounds can be quite different then 100,000 dollars depending on the going exchange rate. He explained to me that the first time he had made over 100,000 pounds was 8 years into his career. He mentioned that ambition was critical to his success.

When I asked him what one thing would be that he would share with someone who wanted to attain his level of success, he said “hindsight” and applying what you have learned from your mistakes. At this point I asked him to elaborate a bit more. He went on to explain that great business people often learn from their own mistakes, as well as those of others. By learning from one’s own mistakes and also learning from the mistakes of others, one can readily gain the knowledge it takes to be a success in business. He went on to add that the more quickly you can learn from various mistakes the more efficiently you can learn to be successful at whatever it is you do. Time is money and the faster you learn, the more quickly you will rise to the top. 

Leverage

Leverage is a very important tool both in business and in job hunting. The three ways leverage can be used in your job search are the following:

1) Leverage your time. This means that when you are online applying to various positions, take one or two minutes to update your status on your social media sites. One quick and easy way to update your status on all your social media sites at once is by using the following FREE tool: www.ping.fm Ping allows you to update your status on www.linkedin.com, www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com and many other sites all at the same time. By doing this you will be leveraging the time that you are already are spending online.

2) Leverage your contacts. Use the contacts that you have! Many job seekers that I come across are afraid to let their network know they are looking for a job or they are shy about using their friends and family as networking tools. Many job seekers may be ashamed that they were laid off, or perhaps they do not think anyone in their network has the contacts they need. If you do not ask, you will not receive!

3) Leverage your knowledge. Whether you are a recent college graduate, or a seasoned professional in your field, we all have specialized knowledge. If you are a recent college graduate, you might have specific study methods that helped you ace your exams or if you just got laid off after 20+ years as a Project Manager, you may have more knowledge then you know what to do with. In either case, start a blog! Blogging is one of the quickest and simplest ways to share the specialized knowledge you have with others. By doing so you might just capture the attention of a potential employer.

By using these 3 easy leveraging techniques, you will help to make yourself more visible to the people that want to hire you. Start leveraging your time, contacts, and knowledge TODAY!

The Art of the Thank You Card

Dear Mr. Employer,

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me this week regarding your job opportunity. I enjoyed learning more about both you and the organization. I strongly feel that my background in (insert your specialty here) would make me a great asset to your organization. I look forward to seeing you again, and to pursuing this opportunity further.

Sincerely,

A. Job-seeker

Really people, a thank you letter does not have to be complicated. The most important thing is to send one and to make sure you proofread it! I cannot tell you how many business executives and Human Resources professionals I have worked with, who complain about not receiving a simple thank you letter or worse, have complained about unprofessional or poorly written thank you letters. Do you have to hand write one? No, however, I would strongly encourage you to do so. The reason that you want to write a hand written note in addition to an email one is to go the extra mile. What gets a person hired is proving they are willing to go above and beyond, and writing a hand written thank you letter is the easiest way to do so.

You initially want to send an email thank you letter with just the basics, as I have shown above. Thank them for their time, remind them why you would be an asset, and let them know you are interested in following up on the position. This email thank you letter should be sent the day of the interview so that you are on their mind at the end of that day or the beginning of the next day. Then, you want to write a hand written thank you letter the following day, and send it out. Thus, they will receive your hand written thank you letter a few days after the interview, and will again be reminded to think of you.
 
By following these two easy steps:

1) Send an email thank you letter the day of the interview
2) Send a follow up hand written thank you letter the day after the interview

You will be guaranteed to stay fresh in the minds of your potential employers.