I received a WhatsApp message from a buddy of mine and he asked this oh so important question, “what should I do to be top-notch in my industry in 5 years time.” Seriously, it should be the exact question that I have to ask myself. Heck, it should be THE question that all of us must never fail to ask.
I am going to attempt to answer and demistify it for you right here:
1. As Robin Sharma has been repeating, if you want to be in the top 5% of the population, you gotta do the things that the top 5% of the population do. He also said that he who sweats the most in training, bleed the least in the battlefield. Something like that. The truth is that, we should be training our mind, body and spirit when everyone else is sleeping. Get the right word and message into your mind, and build the right values of perseverance, resourcefulness, discipline and establish the right foundation, in which to build your life on.
2. As you take action to work on Step 1, the next step would be to look for opportunities to get yourself challenged. To just get out of that comfort zone and be willing to take on new obstacles. If you are talking about work life, then ask your manager for new projects that you have never done before. Only when there is a slight tinge of fear, we would then push ourselves further to break through our mold. Or, observe how your peers do their stuff. Lock in on them and be razor-focus in observing and learning what you see. The way to do it is to always carry a notepad and a pen with you. Jot down all your observations within the day and turn to google to do even more research on a certain topic that baffles you. Remember that it is not a single instance of learning that will propel you to be the best, but it is the collection and amalgamation of the knowledge that you have internalized that will bring you to the next level of self-actualization.
3. Optional: Yes I am a Christian and I don’t know about you, but being anchored and rooted and building strong relationship with Jesus is something that is not immediately tangible but the result is beyond expectations. Doing my best and yet, trusting that Jesus knows what is best for me. It is only by walking closely along with Him, can our best be aligned to His best. No question about that.
Remember that worldly success is good. It is also good to be financial rich and capable. We just have to be doing our best, providing for our family and loved ones. There is no escaping that unless we just want to live for ourselves. But do not lose sight of Jesus (at least that is what I have been reminding myself). Bring spiritually rich is even more important than bring financially rich.
I just want to tie back to what Robin Sharma said, all of us can be a leader even if we do not have any titles. It all boils down to the strength of your character, your attention to your well-being, your overall outlook in life, and I think, finding your anchor. For me, I want to make Jesus my anchor and my rock. What about you?