LinkedIn is hot right now. If you’re not in the game dishing out endorsements like Stockton, then you have a lot to learn about business in 2016. When I saw that noted “LinkedIn Influencer” Jeff Haden dropped his keys to being extraordinarily successful, I closed out my Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management window and immediately turned my focus to being influenced on LinkedIn. Let’s give this a look.
1. You find happiness in the success of others.
This one goes without saying. When somebody in the crew gets promoted, you know that’s just one more person whose coattails you can ride up the corporate ladder. Truly successful people surround themselves with power players. Swim in their wake and sport a shit eating grin all the way to the bank.
2. You relentlessly seek new experiences.
I’m on board with this. You have to take initiative, even if it means becoming the de facto social chair for your team. When Friday night rolls around, don’t settle for the same sushi spot you’ve hit up so much that you cockily tell the waiter “I don’t look at menus.” Checkout that Benihana hibachi knockoff that just opened up out in the burbs. Live, laugh, love, dumbass.
3. You don’t think work/life balance, you just think life.
You don’t need friends, and you sure as hell don’t need family. You’ll have plenty of time for “life” when you’re eating NY Strips at a hotel bar by yourself. Keep your head down and keep charging forward, because balancing a checkbook is all you need to worry about.
4. You’re incredibly empathetic.
I just looked up empathy, and apparently that means “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” Okay?
5. You have something to prove — to yourself.
Every true boss knows that you hire the guy with the mortgage, not the kid still hanging out at Mom and Dad’s. Go out and make a purchase that makes no fiscal sense whatsoever. I’m thinking a ski boat, or a Ferrari. You’ll have no choice but to become successful. Prove your friends, family, Dave Ramsey, and the creditors wrong, big dog.
6. You ignore the 40-hour workweek hype.
Time is a flat circle, especially when your body is pumped full of amphetamines. The truth is, no successful person has ever worked just 40 hours. If Kanye drove 30 hours for the love of a good woman, you can sit at a desk for double that if you’re serious about stacking paper.
7. You see money as a responsibility, not a reward.
Ohhh, right. A responsibility to give back and stuff. Paying your fair share is important. The 1 percent or whatever. Uh, okay. That’s all I got.
8. You don’t think you’re special.
Not yet. You won’t be special until there’s at least 2 commas in the bank account, and you’re the dude trying to organize fly fishing trips that none of your college buddies can afford. Stay humble until you’ve made it.
9. You realize that success is fleeting, but dignity and respect last forever.
I see what he’s saying here. Remember that it’s all about your personal brand. Always be crafting, and remember that it’s never too late to rebrand yourself. Overlook this one and you’ll be in the doghouse, baby!
There you have it, guys; the keys to the castle. If you don’t reach your goals after reading that, then acquiring wealth and power probably just isn’t your thing. For more influence, feel free to join this network. Deal closers only..
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