Are there specific behaviors that can produce career and personal success? Every few months, I evaluate my life. I reflect upon what is and isn’t working, what I can do to improve, and I write down goals and steps to achieving my goals.
Despite all the planning and organization that I put into my life, I sometimes still feel like something is missing. I often wonder what is the missing link to achieving the prosperity and success I envision. Often, I draw the same conclusion; patience and time. Prosperity and success does not happen over night, it takes hardwork, determination, and commitment.
Can there be a shortcut to prosperity? Are there tried and true methods that will assist people in their quest for success in careers and personal life? After reading Shortcut to prosperity: 10 entrepreneurial habits and a roadmap for an exceptional career by Mark Hopkins, I decided that the answer is yes. There can be shortcuts to success. However, I had to be cautious. A shortcut does not necessarily mean in terms of time, it can mean helpful tips and methods.
Mark Hopkins book goes over several strategies that assist in developing the correct habits that will lead to a successful life. The book is about 200 pages, easy to understand, and filled with real life examples from Hopkins’ personal journey and other professionals. His ten shortcuts range from finding a mentor to learning from the best to genuinely caring about people to finding the right partnerships. Each shortcut chapter is followed by an overview and take-a-ways.
Reading through the book the first time around, I really soaked in the information and reflected upon what things I currently am doing well and what other things I could improve upon or start. Everything in the book I feel is common sense, but like most things in life, not everyone follows common sense. These tips will help reiterate lessons, that deep down you know and feel, and will provide guidance for following up. I will read through this book a second time around and take actionable steps in order to fulfill the take-a-away lessons.
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas – Albert Einstein.
Hopkins uses this quote to finish off his last chapter in the book and it is a good example on how success is not always about good luck, intelligence, or talent, it really is about effort, passion, planning, and hardwork.
I recommend this book for individuals who wish to gain some insight on habits that can be instilled in order to gain success.
I will be picking a book every month to read and discuss. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
April 1, I will post my thoughts on the book The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book Shortcut to Prosperity free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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