Have a crystal clear vision
The first step to accomplishing anything is to believe that you can do it, that it is in fact possible. Often you will hear losers say things like “I can’t” or, “That’s impossible”, or “Yea, but I could never do that”, and the worst of losers will actually project their looserism on to you and others by saying the dreaded “You can’t do that”. Winners never believe that they cannot do something; in fact the best achievers simply eliminate the word “can’t” from their entire vocabulary. Anyhow, the next step to take after you truly believe that you can achieve your goal is to visualize that goal. Then visualize yourself actually achieving that goal. Continue this process and visualize every step, milestone, and process you will need to do in order to achieve your goal. You can think of this as visualizing your goal, and then reverse engineering how you are going to get there, while visualizing every step along the way.
Here is a grossly oversimplified example of this process…. (Ahem) If you wanted to create a blog that generates $1000 per month, which is your end goal – visualize it, visualize yourself getting a check or wire every month for this amount. Visualize the plethora of posts and pages that your blog will contain. Now imagine yourself writing strong quality content everyday to slowly accumulate that critical mass of content. You’ve just visualized (via reverse engineering your end goal) all the steps you need to take to get to your goal. Swag! Visualization is the first step to realizing your goal.
Get hungry for the information you need
When entrepreneurs start out, they don’t know what they need to know. There are some lessons that only experience (the street) can teach. That being said, it’s important to identify the information you lack that will be vital to your success. I’m not going to lie, if I knew what I knew today four years ago, I would be a multimillionaire chilling in brazil with 4 girls fanning my scrotum with banana leafs. Well, nearly everyone will say the same thing – if they had known what they know now (back then) then they would have been wildly more successful. However, this is simply a fact of life, your going to learn a lot of things along your entrepreneurial journey that simply cannot be learned any other way. Nevertheless, before you set sail, take a minute to consider what information you might need – technical knowledge, knowledge about how to scale, knowledge about monetization, traffic strategies, viral loops, cost to acquire a customer, average customer value, how to negotiate an exit, the list goes on and on. I can say that it certainly helps to map out what information you will need before you find yourself in a pickle.
Take massive action
I’m not going to lie. Some people do get lucky. They are just in the right place at the right time, and they become wildly successful. For the rest of us, there’s basically one thing that separates the winners from the losers: hard work. Being a successful entrepreneur means taking massive action, working harder than any of your peers (or really anyone in general) no matter what. Working hard when things are good (not letting off the gas) and working hard when things are bad (when your friends and family think your idea is just a pipe dream and you haven’t made a penny in 8 months, yes I’ve been there) is the lifeblood of success. Yes, every now and then someone will get lucky, just as some people will win the lottery every year. But the real thing that separates winners from losers is that winners take massive action. They don’t talk about taking massive action, they don’t tell other people to take massive action, and they themselves work themselves into the ground and take massive action all day everyday, whether the business is booming or hasn’t left the ground yet.
Formulate and follow a system
In the last section I just described to you have you absolutely must take massive action and work your butt off if you want to be successful. But that’s just part of the equation, see, in addition to working hard, you need to work smart. You don’t get paid extra for going the long way. Following a system does two things, it makes sure that you are executing field tested strategies to achieve success, and it also makes sure that there is some standardization and structure to the daily work that you do to achieve your goal. I have a daily schedule for myself where all my necessary duties are mapped out. Of course, as an entrepreneur, everyday will be different, include new tasks and challenges, and bring surprises, but making sure that you have a routine and system that you an execute daily is also a key factor in achieving your goals.