Take A Page From Someone Else’s Book

In the words of motivational speaker, Les Brown, “success leaves clues”.

And I believe it. I believe successful people unknowningly left clues to how they became successful. Much of the time it’s persistence and consistent specific actions, but something in the manner of what they did got them to where they are.

And as someone who consistently side hustles, I want to break into the next level of ambitions, so I study the success and clues of others.

Predominantly, women. And one woman in particular, Marie Forleo.

Lately I’ve been listening to her podcast… at work. And I always feel like I end her podcast and little bit confident in what I’m doing even if it hasn’t entirely manifest. She always brings conversation back to creating a life we want to live. Being able to do the kind of work we want to enjoy doing while having as much control over as we desire. And that makes me feel good. Finding successful clues makes me feel good. And when I feel good, I’m able to do more. Like, maintain a level of consistency in efforts that will propel me where I want to be.

I look for successful people to show me to clues they’ve left to help me leap as well.

Whose clues have you found?

Commitment #1 This Year: Read More

I think I read three and half books last year.  Yeah, I’m still working on the other half.  And although that’s more books than most of the people I know have read — that just means I need to find some more readin’ folks in my life — it wasn’t enough to make any changes to my overall well being, professional development or personal understanding.  Les Brown, a motivation speaker, says, if you want to become an expert in your career (and build wealth), you can do so by reading more.  How much more?  He suggest reading one book a month (21:50 min. mark).

I would love to do that.  But — I’m going to aim a little lower.  I’m going to read one book every two months.  It’ll double where I was last year and will hopefully provide me with more resources to grow the projects I’m working on.  I know, I probably should aim for one book a month, but in all seriousness, books cost money and take up space.  And I don’t like to borrow from the library because you can’t highlight or underline anything; the book isn’t yours and they rarely have what I’m looking for so I have to wait to till request it from another Branch.  Buying my books has been a better bet for me.   Plus, I like to hold onto my books and reread them later.Little Red Sales Book

So, I’m going to try to read six books this year, starting off with Jeffrey Gitomer’“Little Red Book of Selling”.  I’m not in sales, but really I am.  I think we all.  Whether we’re pounding the pavement sending out our resume or asking for a raise or pitching to a freelance client, we’re selling, if nothing else, ourselves.  What better way to learn how to better sell ourselves to read and study it?

Now I do have four new (new to me) books that I’ve carefully selected and ordered for this commitment I knew I wanted to take on this year.  So, I amped up about it.  Gitomer’s book looks like an easy read, so there’s a very good chance I will be done with it in a month’s time.

Wish me luck!




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