Excellence is something we see in the world around us. We see it in music, architecture, film, every industry. We see it in people that are considered to be at the top of their profession – people such as doctors, athletes and artists. But how do they get there? What makes them stand out from everyone else? What can we learn from their success? In this article I’ll share 7 steps how you can achieve those same results for yourself.
Step 1. Know why you’re doing this
Knowing why you’re doing something is the first step to being successful. Being motivated by a goal that matters to you will help you stay focused on long-term goals. Which in turn keeps you productive and working hard every day.
If you don’t know why you’re doing this, then it’s very possible that, one day, not only will your motivation run out but also your passion for the work. Once that happens, all the success in the world won’t matter anymore.
Step 2. Learn from heroes
One of the most effective ways to learn is by learning from those who have already mastered what you want to do.
Finding your heroes and studying their work can help you figure out your strengths, weaknesses, and goals as an artist. It’s also a great way to get some ideas on how to make your art more interesting or effective. You can find role models in any field: sports, music, writing, politics—you name it!
If someone has achieved what you want for yourself then they’re worth listening to (and asking questions). There’s no shame in asking them for advice on how they got started or where they see themselves going next—just be sure not disappoint them when you don’t follow through with what they’ve told you! If that person happens to be an expert in their field then all the better–they may even let slip some insider tips about how things really work at their company/school/etc., which could save years of trial-and-error learning on your part!
Step 3. Work hard and stay humble
As with any skill, becoming a master is not easy. It takes time and effort to become really good at something. And even then, there will always be people who are better than you—and that’s ok! The key is humility: it keeps you in tune with those around you so that you can learn from them and grow as an individual.
You need to be able to ask for help and experiment with new ideas. It’s also important not to get stuck in your ways; sometimes things just don’t work out as planned and it might be time for a change!
Step 4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
I know, I know. It can be hard to ask for help. When you’re trying to achieve something big, you want to prove yourself and show everyone that your idea is worth investing in. But sometimes, it may be easier for someone who has already been through the process before (like a mentor) or is more experienced than you (like another entrepreneur) to help with advice that gets things done faster than if you were all alone.
If there’s one thing I wish I knew when starting my business that could have saved me time and money: don’t be afraid to ask questions! Even if it seems silly at first and people think they have all the answers after years of experience—they often don’t! So don’t assume anything is common knowledge just because it seems like common sense; instead, ask questions and get clarification whenever needed so things go smoothly as possible.”
Step 5. Experiment
Experimentation is the cornerstone of learning. When you’re experimenting, you’re trying new things and seeing what works, what you like, and what doesn’t. Experimentation is a process that can help both your business and your life improve in all areas: personally, professionally, and creatively.
Experimenting with different marketing strategies or business models can be key to innovating in your industry or creating something entirely new. The ability to experiment allows us to try new things without fear of failure or embarrassment because we know it’s just an experiment anyway!
Step 6. Be inspired by others
Look to others for inspiration. The best way to do this is by surrounding yourself with people who have done what you want to do and are doing it well, while also being open-minded enough to take on new ideas and advice from anyone willing to give them. If you can’t find any peers in your industry or field that meet these criteria, look toward people who come from different fields but share similar goals—for example, a marketing executive who wants their company’s sales team to be more engaging could look at an author whose book sold millions of copies because of its unique style and structure.
Also, use others as a benchmark for your own progress. It’s easy (and dangerous) when starting out in an industry or field. Not only because there aren’t many examples available at the beginning stages. But also because those examples may seem unattainable at first glance. However, even though they may seem out of reach now doesn’t mean that they won’t become closer over time. If you’re working toward improving yourself each day of course.
Step 7. Be part of a community
Being part of a community is one of the best ways to become a better artist. You can learn new things, share your own knowledge and experience, and get feedback on your work from other creators.
To find a community that works for you, look for groups in person or online that fit your needs. You can find a list of communities on the internet by searching “[your passion] + community” or “[your passion] + forum”.
Once you’ve found a community, it’s important not only that you join but also that you engage with other members in ways that are meaningful for both parties. One way is by helping others with their problems related to your area of expertise; another way is by sharing your knowledge freely and without expectation (don’t expect anything in return).
I hope this article has given you some insight into the things that you can do to become the best in your industry. The truth is, no matter how much work you put in and how many challenges you overcome, there will always be something new around the corner to learn. But as long as you keep learning and improving yourself, then there’s no limit to what success can bring.
By following the steps and staying humble about your own success, we’re confident that anyone can become a legend of their own making someday soon. I hope this article helped you a little bit on your journey to becoming the best in your industry. I know it’s not easy, but if you have grit and determination, anything is possible! Good luck out there in the world of work 🙂