A question was randomly asked online through Quora on what would people advise a 22-year-old fresh graduate to do with his/her life assuming he/she could do anything, and while there were many who answered the question well, it was Evan Asano, CEO and founder of marketing company Mediakix.com, that gave one of the most profound response.
It is perhaps something we already know of but didn’t seem to give it much thought or practice because we’re probably too caught up with a certain system on how to live our life, specially with regards to our careers, however, Evan suggests that if you want to bring success into your life, you must attract it by loosening up and living it to the fullest.
While his suggestions below pertains more to life in general, we could still practice these ways in our everyday work lives.
Ferociously. Everything you can get your hands on. Ingest in books about personal development, communication, achievement, biographies, leadership, success, marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship. You’ll do many things you may regret, but you will never regret spending time reading.
2. Accept Uncertainty.
There’s uncertainty to everything; the sooner you can embrace that, the sooner you’ll be able to leverage it.
On everything and everyone. Stop arguing, stop trying to control every scenario, stop trying to prove yourself right. You’ll never change anyone’s opinion through argument, and no one will remember if you’re right. Seek consensus. Groups, teams, and life move much better when harmonized than with discord.
4. Be curious.
There’s a vast, fantastic world out there. Foster your curiosity, be ignorant and ask the right questions, and it will lead you to amazing places.
5. Be open minded.
Your opinions will change drastically on many, many things. The opinions you hold with absolute conviction may be very different in a few years. Don’t let those opinions get in the way of meeting people and experiencing new things.
6. Learn from adversity.
You’ll experience challenges and adversity you probably can’t imagine right now. You’ll have a choice when you have one of these experiences: Either see it as an obstacle, or focus on what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience. It won’t be easy, but choose the latter relentlessly, and you’ll grow in ways you can never imagine.
7. Foster the growth mindset.
8. Get out of your comfort zone.
It sounds cliche, but it’s true. If you stay within your limits, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
9. Don’t hold onto the wrong things.
Grudges, anger, opinions. Let them go, quickly.
Get out and explore. Another thing you will never ever regret. Go to places you’d never think you’d go. Max out your vacation time every year. Take a few weeks off between jobs and just travel. Save up for a year and take a few months off.
11. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say.
For anything. Most of the time if you wait for the right time, you’ll be too late. Those who win in the world are the ones who speak up and take immediate action. You might say a few things you later regret, but you’ll regret not saying anything more.
12. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job.
Everyone sees success and wonders of how Jobs and Wozniak found each other, the perfect partners. Well, it wasn’t the one-in-a-billion odds that they found each other; they made each other the perfect partners, pushed each other’s knowledge and expertise, and built Apple on their collective knowledge and energy. The vision of your career might include a high-profile company or opportunity (e.g. work at Google, live in San Francisco), but don’t get hung up on these. Focus on the motivation behind that scenario rather than that goal.
13. Provide value in the world.
Money and success are common goals, but so many people often don’t achieve these in spite of their being nearly universal goals. Money and success are important, but focus on creating value in the world first. The biggest disrupters didn’t do it because it would lead to money or fame, they did it because they wanted to change things. They saw a different future and created that. Look at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg built a tool for Harvard students originally. It now has over 1.4 billion users! Wake up and think about what you can do to create value in the world to your friends and family, your company, your co-workers, your country.
It’s a great big world out there, and opportunities are endless, you just have to know the right way to reach them.