As another year draws to a close I look back and take stock of how the year has gone and what can I do better the following. Having met over a 1000 clients, candidates, mentors, peers, heroes and competitors in 2015 I wanted to share some of the tips and advice I have been given.
Invest in yourself. Take stock, look back at what you have/ haven’t achieved in the last 12 months and think about what you can do differently in 2016. Read/ listen for 30 minutes a day, I have recently started listening to podcasts of successful people before work. It is fascinating hearing that Sir Terry Leahy used to work on the tills in Tesco whilst he was CEO for a week a year to see what it was really like.
Find a mentor. They don’t need to be the best in your field, just someone who will challenge you and push you. I have two key ones, Catherine Barton (Commercial and Finance Director Bupa) and Will King (CEO and founder King of shaves) they push and challenge me on why I am doing certain things and give advice on what they would do. Devour knowledge as much as you can, soak it in and continue to keep learning. Spoil yourself occasionally! Set yourself targets and rewards, if you hit them reward yourself. It’s important to treat yourself occasionally, whether it is a holiday, car, wine or a new watch!
Age is just a number. Do not let your age stand in the way of your success. I saw an Actuary who works in the Lloyd’s market this week and at the age of 28 he reports to the Board and has regular meetings with the CEO. He is adamant that his youth will not hold him back. Karren Brady was MD of Birmingham City football club at 23 and believed that just because she was young didn’t mean she had any less ability to do the role. Be brave and back yourself. If you don’t back yourself then who will? Someone has to “make it”, and nothing is stopping you from being the person does. Quit the excuses, successful people have stories of the challenges that they overcame not the stories of what ifs. Be positive and surround yourself with positive people, I have been told you become the average of the five closest people to you! Create a snowball of momentum that makes people want to be a part of your life.
Be greedy with your time, be efficient. So many people will make their work fit the day. Be efficient, if you can do something in half the time do it, move onto the next project and amaze those around you at how quickly you can do something. Plan each day ruthlessly and then review each evening what you achieved and what you could have done better, this goes back to self-reflection and investment.
Finally, I was told “Labor Omnia Vincti” = Hard work conquers all. Success is not an entitlement. If you really want it, you have to get out there and earn it every day. Make your own luck.
Good luck in 2016 and thanks for all your support and business in 2015!