Your success starts here. Use this checklist to fast track yourself to wealth and financial independence.
Live with passion – Make a total commitment to be excellent.
Save your money – Always save 10% of what you earn.
Be diligent – Work harder than everyone else.
Expand your workday – Try starting an hour earlier or working through lunch.
Develop specialized knowledge – In the information economy, knowledge is power.
Refuse to let fear hold you back – Don’t let worries or fears get in your way.
Determine where you are weakest – Commit to improving any lagging skills.
Find a good job – And then work hard on doing the job well. If that advice sounds simplistic, consider that 10% of self-made millionaires in the U.S. have worked all their lives for their companies. They became very wealthy by becoming very good at what they did.
Do what you love to do – Successful people virtually always love what they do for a living. Ask yourself if you could only do one thing all day long, what would it be?
Determine your core competencies – What jobs or tasks do you do really well? Answer that question, and then organize your life around those endeavors. • Be a good student – Commit to lifelong learning.
Boost others – Make yourself critical to other people’s success.
Use your time efficiently – Don’t do anything that takes you away from your work. Don’t drink coffee, read irrelevant e-mails or visit with your pals at the water cooler.
Accept total responsibility for your results – Tell yourself, “I am responsible.”
Examine your priorities – Check with your boss to make sure your priorities match what you are expected to accomplish.
Take over tasks from your boss – Learn what your boss dislikes doing and then do it better. • Refuse to be satisfied – Always ask for more. Ask for more responsibility from your boss and for more productivity from those working under you.
Learn to do things faster – Become known as the one others rely on to do a job fast.
Network continually – Being a successful manager means getting promoted, and often that depends on whom you know. Consider joining a professional association, Dale Carnegie or Toastmasters. Being able to think and speak on your feet is a big plus.
Determine your job’s critical aspects – Every job has crucial responsibilities. Identify those areas and focus on being excellent in accomplishing them.
Develop excellent work habits – Maximize your productivity. Become more efficient.
Nurture a power base – Build power in your company and your community. Establish personal power in relationships, expert power due to job knowledge and abilities, and position power from rank and title. Make the most of your position in these areas.
Guard your integrity – Trust is the basis for all relationships; be the one others trust.
Focus on the future – Where you came from doesn’t matter as much as where you are headed. Become a results-oriented, future-oriented person.
Start where you are – Don’t pine over what you are not. Instead, focus on what you are and make yourself better.
Develop prosperity consciousness – Write and rewrite your goals, and consider yourself a wealthy person in training.
Become a no-limit person – It is just as difficult to remain poor as it is to make the necessary sacrifices to become successful and wealthy. Working harder at the beginning will pay off handsomely later.
Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, is a trainer, consultant, motivator, and author of the best-selling Create Your Own Future, among many other books. He addresses up to 450,000 people a year.