Jason M Elrod 7 Secrets to Success – Pt 4: Show Up Early and Stay Late

It’s time for more of those Secrets to Success I’ve been sharing with you. To quickly recap, here are the first three secrets I shared in previous posts:

  1. Listen more than you talk
  2. Be a servant leader
  3. Be a student of your craft – never stop learning

And now…

Lesson #4: Show Up Early and Stay Late

In both your personal and your professional life, you’ll find certain things are out of your control: the weather, the stock market, the decisions made by your friends or coworkers, etc. So when it comes to your success in life, the sometimes frustrating truth is that you can’t control all of the variables around you. This is why it’s so important to focus on the things you CAN control. And in my opinion, the most important personal trait that you can control is your work ethic.

There will always be someone smarter, richer, or luckier than you. But you are in full control of whether or not other people work harder than you. And as the old saying goes, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” From businessmen to professional athletes, the most successful people in their fields aren’t always the smartest or the most talented. But you can pretty much guarantee they are among the hardest working.

As my title suggests, there is no substitute for putting in real time and effort. Showing up early and staying late is simply a way of saying you can’t take shortcuts and expect to be successful. Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey—these people did not get to the top of their industries by doing the minimum required. Instead, they did WHATEVER was required.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you have to give up any kind of personal life, family life, or fun to be successful. What I’m saying is that when you ARE working, work hard, minimize distractions, and give it all you’ve got. If you’re working your own business on the side and can only give it two hours a day, that’s fine. Just make sure you spend those two hours working hard on the most important things that need to be done. As your business grows, it will probably require more of your attention. When the time comes, are you willing to step up and do what’s required?

You see, it’s human nature to want all the good stuff but none of the bad stuff. We want the awesome panoramic view, but we don’t want the 10-mile hike. We want the fit muscular body, but we don’t want to eat right and exercise. It’s just the way we’re wired. We have to fight that part of our human nature and practice the disciplines that will get us where we truly want to be. Your personal success story is waiting to be written. Will you do what it takes to write it?

Jason M Elrod’s 7 Secrets to Success – Pt 3

Welcome to 2014! It’s hard to believe that one month of this year is already over.

As you could tell by my silence, things got pretty hectic towards the end of the year, but I’m happy to be sharing with you once again. Let’s get back on track with those Secrets to Success…

Most people spend the majority of their childhood in school reading, learning, and taking notes.  I’ve been out of school for a while; but I still consider myself a student. Not because I wear a backpack or sit in a classroom all day; but because I still read, learn, and take notes. And I always will.

Lesson #3: Never Stop Learning

Be a Student of Your Craft

A graduation ceremony from school never means you’re done learning. Your future of self-education may not involve formal instructors, but it should always include learning something new. The day you believe you’re done learning, is the day you begin to fail.

From entertainment and sports to business and technology, the world is always changing and evolving. There’s always a new or different way to do things. If you don’t keep up, pretty soon you’re going to be left behind.

Starting with the very first days of my career in real estate development, I went out of my way to soak up as much knowledge as I could – from wherever I could. Books, articles, blogs, and people with more experience than me. I was always watching, listening and writing down good ideas. And guess what. I continually got better at my job and have enjoyed a lot of success.


Two heads…

You’ve probably heard the saying “Two heads are better than one.” The main idea is that you don’t know it all. Getting advice, listening to experts, reading the blogs of thought leaders will ALWAYS make you smarter and better equipped than if you just did what you know how to do right now. And if you read or listen to 9 other people, then 10 heads are 1000% better than 1.

More wisdom than any library

We live in an awesome time. We have more information available via our smartphones than exists in entire libraries. And I don’t mean just book knowledge (although books are still a huge part of my self-education.) I’m talking about “people knowledge.” Blogs, articles, YouTube videos, podcasts, etc. There are literally millions of sources of information. I’m a regular visitor to places like Forbes.com, Success.com, and many other news and blog sites. You should find good, credible sources. Search for topics important to you or your business. Then read, listen, watch, and learn.

Knowing is good. Doing is better.

Nike nailed this theme when they created their “Just Do It” campaign. The message was basically, “Stop talking about what you’re going to do, and just do it.” Well the same goes for knowledge and wisdom. All the reading, listening, watching and learning is USELESS if you don’t put it into practice.

Let’s say you’re in sales, and you read an article like “7 Things the Best Salespeople Always Do.” You read it. You understand it. You’ve learned it. But if you don’t turn around and do those things in your own job, you will go NOWHERE.

You want to be successful? Never stop learning. Ask questions. Take notes. Read, listen, watch, and improve yourself a little bit every day.

See you at the top.

Jordan Harris – Marketing and Business

Jason Elrod sits down with WakeUpNow VP of Marketing Jordan Harris.

Jordan Harris knows leadership is behind the scenes. No one will follow you if you are not willing to do it for yourself. He feels you must always assume the customer is right. If the customer is having a problem, it’s your problem. Smart marketing and business sense means being there for the customer. Get yourself in the mind of the customer. A great way to do this is by interacting with them on Facebook and through other channels. Jordan Harris is proud of the work he does, and using his helpful marketing and business knowledge, you can learn to enjoy your job too!

Inside Look with Jason Elrod- Jordan Harris from WakeUpNow on Vimeo.

Bryan Robert – Compliance in your Network Marketing Business

Jason Elrod sits down with WakeUpNow Advisory Board member Bryan Robert.

Bryan Robert has seen a number of companies with good intentions doing things wrong, and he knows the importance of compliance in business.  While companies often have good intentions, people duplicate to get success. It is common for people to build a fantasy, and try to sell it as truth. Truth is always better than fiction. Put your head down, work hard, and you will find success. Don’t hype and don’t lie. You can make life-changing money by going out and putting some hard work into the business.

Take some time with people and you will see your business exponentially grow. Relationship building is vital to compliance in business. Where is your vision for where your business will go? Focus on building a team and relationships, and you will build an organization. Bryan Robert wants you to empower your people to become leaders if you want to see your wealth increase. Help your team earn it and make the money!

Inside Look with Jason Elrod- Bryan Robert from WakeUpNow on Vimeo.