When you make people feel important, you’re going to be ahead of the game.- Zig Ziglar
In every field of endeavour, those who stay ahead of the game are the winners and the leaders.
When they sneeze, others catch cold. They decide who gets what and who doesn’t get anything. They monopolize the democratized space. How did they get to the top and how have they been able to maintain their position on the top of their game?
They have achieved this by following seven (7) great ways, which you too can follow if you wish to stay on top of your game. What are these ways?
- Live Your Passion.
Find out what you love and do it. Turn that passion into your business.
Your passion is what wakes you up in the morning, drives you forward into the world, gives you the wings to jump over hurdles and sends you to sleep with a smile on your face. Your passion is what keeps you happy when it is yet to pay you and keeps your interest up and makes you hungry for more, after it has paid you.
- Be Ready To Learn More.
If you want your passion to take you to the top and keep you there, you must become a habitual learner. Be ready to learn everything that is there to be learnt about your passion. A passion comes in its raw form, but for it to shine and reveal you to the world, it must be polished through consistent learning and persistent application of what is learnt.
Another reason to continue learning is that, it is a dynamic and competitive world out there. The world is merciless to pretenders and mediocre but generous to the best. And the best is always learning new tricks in order to stay as close as possible to perfection.
- Marketing Is Important.
The beauty of a girl singing from the dark room is lost unless she finds her ways out of that room into the limelight. This she can achieve only through marketing. So to stay on top of your game, you must be ready to market your passion to the world. Take advantage of the internet to market your craft. Don’t wait until you are perfect before you begin to let the world know what you can do.
You may never learn of your weaknesses and mistakes until someone else points them out to you. But where no one gets to see what you can do, you will never know where to improve and get better.
So marketing is a necessary step towards staying on top of your game.
- Network .
Anybody that shares your passion and is willing to be your friend is a good ally. Align with those who are doing what you are doing, going where you are going and who are not hesitant to be a part of your network. Just as a tree cannot make a forest, you cannot make it on your own without the help of liked minds.
Use your network of masterminds as an asset. When you have a problem, reach out to them, listen to what they to have to offer with sincerity and take away what you think could work for you.
- Be Creative.
Be a fountain of ideas. Be on the lookout for opportunities, Opportunities are hidden under the stench of difficulties, so when you have a difficulty, stop to check if your passion could be used to solve it. This becomes a part of you when you develop an inquisitive and analytical mind.
- Be Generous With Your Passion.
In order to stay on top of your game, you must share what you have, in this case your passion. Teach to willing learners all you know about your passion. There are personal rewards for doing this
- Satisfied learners also become free promoters of your passion and,
- They give you useful unbiased feedback, which you could use to further your drive towards perfection.
- Feedback Is Gold.
Apart from the feedback, you can get from your circle of learners, you could also get some useful feedback from members of the public.
Although, some of what you are going to get from the public could be uncomplimentary, biased and negative criticisms borne out of envy but still, filter them diligently to use those ones that make you stay on top of the game,