Earn Success Early — Here’s How!

Attaining success as a young business professional is not just possible, it’s probable if you make good decisions, build a good plan and surround yourself with the right people. Sure, the odds may still be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them roll over you and hold you down. Here are a few decisions you can make that I know work because they worked for me.

Live your dream

Don’t just have a dream, inhabit it. Get inside it every day and live through that dream. Know your goals and have your focus and let that guide your daily decisions. Don’t think of your dream as something far off you hope to obtain. Do what you need to do every day to make that dream real.

Keep the Right Attitude

There will be ups and downs, but don’t let the circumstances keep you down. Learn from your mistakes and failures. Use those opportunities to discover specific weaknesses or address habits that could have contributed to the circumstances of decisions that kept you from succeeding.

Success is Not (Just) About Passion

A lot of people will tell you that to be successful, you must have passion. While, on one level, that’s true, passion is not nearly enough. You must have a “why” … a bone-deep need that pushes you and keeps you moving forward. It might include your passion, but it must not be limited by it. Passion can get you excited, but your real motivation will get you up focused and send you to bed at night still thinking about how to get better.

Never Stop Learning

Your youth can be an asset, but if you come off cocky or arrogant, your reputation will suffer. Always be learning. Always have value to share, value to add, and something important to bring to make everything and everyone around you better. In addition to that — be willing and able to listen, hear and apply wisdom. Don’t ignore reality or pretend you understand more than you really do.

Be a Person, Not a Robot

You have emotions, harness them, and increase your emotional intelligence. Sooner rather than later, you will find yourself in a situation that requires more than an analytical assessment. If your emotional IQ is not up to the challenge, the “win” in that situation will go to someone who does have that asset up to par.

Commit to the Finish Line

Finally, one of the best ways to set yourself up for early success in business is to get things done. Don’t belabor and let things drag on. Get through projects and keep closing deals. Remember, if you’re not completing projects, you’re not getting paid. So, keep these things in mind … but now go get something done.

Roman Temkin is a real estate developer from New York.