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The face of success doesn't look the same on day 1 as it does on day 830, about as many “working” days at 12+ hours/day to reach the tipping point to your pro-game. Success also looks wildly different at day 101. The thing about true and enduring success is that it isn't mastered over night. We can be educated, though it's not until we actually experience real-life circumstances that we get to understand in application what it's all about. Life isn't a container nor a safe one at that. It's a projection and its what we create. It's what we show up for and how we decide we are going to participate.
I remember when I was in the investment industry as a licensed wealth advisor and I was having a conversation with my mom. I was in year 3 and I did have a track record on paper at that time. The thing: my track record was only 3 years long in performance. It hadn't lived several ‘life cycles' in the market despite having weathered and endured success during a time of historical storm in the stock market. My clientele at the time was high net worth individuals, (mostly) sophisticated investors, who had been in the game a lot longer than I had. I had their trust, I'd proven myself – but I was building my book of business and I wanted referrals. The question always came back to my track record and experience despite my knowledge and abilities. My mom said, “how can you expect to be the best when you've only been in the game for X-amount of time?” Okay, she made sense. But I wanted to be a pro NOW (back then, 9 years ago).
At that time, she shared with me the tipping point of greatness. If you haven't read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, I'd suggest the read. It read it back in 2009 and again in 2012. Was great both times around. It talks about the pro game and how it's built. It's taken time, but I've learned patience around building up a diverse portfolio of work I can be proud of. The portfolio isn't just filled with professional experiences, it's filled with personal ones too. And there's nothing I'd trade for any of it, even the losses; they're filled with lessons.
I wanted to share this with you today and want to ask you to jog your mind to see where you're at. We all have to start somewhere, and what better time than now. Below are a few individuals I admire massively for the tenacity in focus, dedication, perseverance and accomplishment to their craft. I'm committed to being coached in strategy and execution to my dreams, and I am also committed to coach and share strategy with you – so that you can focus on and execute your dreams. It's how life works. We are leaders for each other.
Start today, start now and if you have started – keep going. Nothing is going to look perfect. It's going to look messy and looking back, it's going to work and it's going to make sense because if it doesn't, you're still putting the pieces together, and that works. So are you committed? I want you to read this Facebook post on my personal page and let me know if you can relate. Back to those who are crushing it that have come before us.
Sara Blakely: sold fax machines and kept her day job for two years while she was building and growing Spanx. She retains 100% control/ownership of her company and used $5000 she had in savings to start her company. Point: Come up with a unique concept and see it through. First, ensure the market needs and wants it, and the pricepoint is effective. Have question? Hit me up and I will support you. I've gone the road of product creation and have insight I'm happy to share. P.S. Shop the faux leather Spanx Leggings I'm obsessed with here.
Brooke Wall: built her empire (The Wall Group) starting out as a receptionist in a salon. She saw a need and created a niche service/niche services within a large market. From what I read between the lines, she's a master in business development & relationship, strategy and of course execution. Point: you never know where your break is going to come from. Show up everyday owning your role and you will grow into something much bigger should that be your intention and your actions follow. Own your way of being. You never know who's watching.
Rachel Zoe: has stayed true to her gifts. I remember reading somewhere she styled her siblings when she was a child and from there it was on. She chose to stick to a career doing something she loved and was innately good at. She's filled many roles and shoes within her industry to the point she's at today, and still continues to. She does what comes naturally and she's stayed consistent to build an empire that revolves around her genius. Point: stay the course. If you switch up what you're doing significantly, it's tough to become good any anything. Trust yourself enough that when your heart is in something and you're filling a need, you'll receive compensation in exchange for it. Check out Rachel's book, Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour for a little dose into her life and how to effortlessly glam up yours, if you're into it 😉 Great coffee table book.
Tracy Anderson: she took a spin off of her genius, monetized it and created her own unique system to scale and impact millions. A former pro dancer, TA has spent 19 years developing her own ‘method' to that which she teaches and lives via fitness. If your specific gift isn't one that's long-term enduring, what can you take from it and apply to something else that's relative? Think about it. Point: your knowledge, skills and abilities can apply to many areas and multiply in ways you'd least expect, including partnerships that will take you farther than going the road alone.
What are you doing today to build your personal and professional portfolio, or as Sara's husband Jesse calls it, ‘your life resume'. I've studied alongside him too. If you haven't read Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet I highly suggest snapping up the read. It's quick and it's exceptional, your mindset won't be the same.
Reach out and schedule time with me to connect on you too, can execute on any of the above. I've done it for myself and others, and I am here to support you, also. Reach me directly at: email@example.com.
Blessings & CRUSH it! x, Sloan