What is the algorithm for success?

How does someone as Jack Dorsey go from a 14-year-old computer science nerd to serial entrepreneur, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square? How does 3M consistently, innovate, developing simple but iconic products like post-it notes? It’s not a matter of luck. It’s an algorithm.

So what exactly is ENGAGE?

If you want to be not just good, but the best, ENGAGE is for you.

E: Explore your meaning

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right. — Henry Ford

What’s the first step explore your meaning? Identify your top three core values, then define steps you can do each week to embody that value. You value creativity? Set 15 minutes aside to doodle. You love adventure? Visit one new place every week.

N: Narrow your goals

Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your goals. — Unknown

What’s the first step to narrow your goals? Even more important than identifying your smart goals and writing them down is knowing the things that you will NOT do. Learn to say no. One key to achieving your goals is being selective with your time so that the bulk of your energy goes to what counts.

G: Generate a plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What’s the first step to generate a plan? Business executives spend 90 percent of their time in meetings and answering emails. Set aside time to center your efforts on the people who matter. Find the one person who can help you accomplish a goal and create a plan on how to reach out to them.

A: Anticipate roadblocks

Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth. — Mike Tyson

How do you start anticipating roadblocks? Break down your goals into steps. Want a promotion? Then you need to 1) complete an important project and 2) bring in new clients. Go over what can go wrong in the process: missed deadlines, only finding one new client, etc. Now remember that even if that happens, it’s not the end of the world.

G: Gain persistence

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. — Thomas Jefferson

How do you gain persistence? When you feel like giving up, switch things up instead. Do something totally out of your wheelhouse — it doesn’t even have to align with your goal. Are you struggling to get recognized at work? Learn how to cook a new recipe, change the route you take on your commute, try a new sport, or simply spend your lunch break with someone you haven’t met before.

E: Elevate yourself

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. — Eleanor Roosevelt

How do you start elevating yourself? Start by acknowledging one person who helped you get where you are or who positively shaped your life. Showing respect inspires others and builds influence.



The Mission

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Francesco Marconi

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R&D Chief at The Wall Street Journal and fellow at Columbia Journalism School. I write about media, storytelling and innovation.

The Mission

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org