The Invisible-Skill of World’s Most Successful People

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The highest paid people in life have one primary and often-invisible skill in common. It’s invisibility stems from the fact that it isn’t flashy, you can’t flaunt it, you can’t even learn it. It’s a skill that simply must be demonstrated over a long period of time.

Ask someone on the street what they believe the highest paid skill-set is and you’re bound to hear answers such as selling, coding, learning, execution, networking, negotiation, innovation, leadership, and more.

All of the above are desirable and have their place, and depending on your business or your career, each may outweigh the other.

But none of these skills are valuable if you can only do them once or even now-and-then.

The reason why certain actors receive gigantic sums isn’t necessarily because they had one breakout performance, it’s typically because they’ve had multiple and can be counted on to have more.

The difference between an athlete with a multi-million dollar contract and one who makes the league minimum is also a result of this one thing.

Consistency Is the Highest Paid Skill in the World

Consistency

Consistency in your results creates confidence in your reliability, which brings assurance and removes risk for the people who pay you; regardless if they are employers or customers.

The removal of risk combined with the reliability of results is priceless.

Consistently good actors allow movie producers to remove the risk of a lousy performance and dismal box office results.

Athletes who can be consistently counted on to get on base, make a catch or perform under pressure, time and again, reap the lion’s share of the rewards.

Which of these workout routines do you think gets you better results?

  1. going to the gym once a week for two hours, exercising until you puke and then taking a week off?
  2. or going to the gym every day for 30 minutes, putting in good effort, working up a great sweat, but leaving a little bit of energy in the tank?

The same holds true in business.  Look no further than the biggest reason for the success of major franchises and companies such as McDonald’s and Starbucks.  Do they have the best product on the market?  Not by a long shot. But customers can rely on getting a “consistent experience” every single time.

The Market Rewards Consistency Much More than Quality

If, however, you combine consistency and quality, then you can create legendary companies.

Case in point: Apple.

One of the biggest reasons cited for using Apple products is: “It just works.”  This is another way of saying that it’s consistent and reliable.

When you add Apple’s obsession with style and quality components, and you get the biggest company in the world with a raving fan base that can charge a premium for it’s product.

Are there better computers on the market than Apple? Probably. Are the companies who make these computers better at communicating their consistent results?  If they were, I’m sure that Apple would be in trouble.

The examples are endless, but you can see that it’s consistency that is rewarded more than any real skill.

7 steps to develop world-class consistency and why it’s the highest paid skill in the world.

First off, show up and do the work, even when you don’t feel like it—especially when you don’t feel like it.

1. Stop focusing on short-term results.

Life is not a microwave. It’s a slow cooker. If you’ve tried a pot-roast from both, you’ll know which produces a better meal.

2. Have a written рlаn that you refer to daily.

If consistency is tо bе a рriоritу, having a written plan with the most important activities will help. You’ll create a plan for keeping you on track and focused on critical behaviors.

The plan can be simple, but it serves as a reminder of what must be done in order to sustain consistent efforts which lead to consistent performance.

3. Create rules for yourself.

As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve always had a problem with authority and being told what to do. I don’t like following other people’s rules. However, I’ve had to set rules in place for myself and either hold myself accountable or have my business partners or mentors do that for me.

The rules that help keep me consistent are simple such as, “I work out when I wake up.”  That’s a rule.

Another rule I’ve set is that, “I write something, a journal entry or an article, every morning before working with my clients or on my own business.”

When it’s a rule, you’re more likely to follow it.

4. Commit to habits, not goals.

If achieving goals were meant to be easy, everyone would have a wall of trophies and a perfect life. But the surest way to achieve your goals isn’t to chase them, but to create the right habits that automatically move you toward your goals almost effortlessly.

The best part about habits is that they don’t require willpower. They are automatic behaviors and either work for you or against you.

5. Track your progress.  

That which we measure improves. Even if you get off track and slip up, if you’re tracking your progress, it will remind you how far you’ve come and it will keep you going even when you feel like quitting.

6. Fall in love with the process, not the progress.

Since we’re wired for instant gratification and results, this can be difficult. But it’s easier when you celebrate small wins and take pride in the path you’re on, regardless of where it gets you.

The benefit of this mindset is that you’ll get much further because you’ll get derailed much less. It’s similar to the story of the tortoise and the hare.  The tortoise was slow but consistent and ended up winning the race.

7. Remember: Consistency is a muscle that needs exercise.

The most highly paid and in-demand skill in life isn’t something you can learn in a book or school.  It must be practiced and put into action “consistently.” It’s a never-ending pursuit with never-ending rewards.

As an employee, understand that employers and business owners deal with constant uncertainty. Having a reliable team they can consistently count on to whether these storms is priceless.

As a business owner, customers will reward you with their loyalty and repeat purchases if they can count on a consistently good experience.

Next time you’re stuck in your business or career and are feeling stagnant or you’re not achieving your goals, simply ask yourself where you’re failing to be consistent and how you can change course.

I liked this article so much that I need to post in on my blog. Here is the original source – influencive

How I Quit my Job and entered into Pro Blogging – Part 1

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Hello Guys, Hope all of you doing well. This is my journey of quitting the job and entering into the blogging world which I think changed my life up to some extent and will be doing in upcoming years.

About Me:

I am Rahul Bhatia from Tehsil Safidon, District Jind, Haryana. While I am in my 10th, I am the type of Guy who wants to join Air Force and fulfill my dreams of serving the country with flying in a supersonic Jet.

Education:

After I complete my 12th class and joined SD Institute of Tech & Mgmt, Israna, Panipat in Electronic and Comm Engineering, I used the computer first-time in my life and that too my sister’s one.

Entering into self-employment is due to the bad monetary conditions of my family. My father has the spinal problem due to which he can’t do the work daily and have to rest for about months or sometimes 6 months which caused us some money problems.

Family Problems:

When I am in 10th class due to money problems in the family, I need some money to fulfill my little needs. So I decided to do something to earn some cash.

My First Job – Distributing Newspapers:

One of my classmates is distributing newspapers in our city and I approached him and asked that Can he join me there.

He takes me to the colony which is behind our colony from which distributing newspapers work was being done. As we are the old family in our city so most of the people know us.

After I joined the newspaper distributing work and that too in winter season. They used to pay 300 Rupees for distributing 100 newspapers in City and 500 for nearby villages.

After doing the work for some 7 days, I left that Job because that is not fulfilling my money problems.

This was my first job which definitely I considered for the not the type of people I am.

2nd Job -Distributing Bills:

My 2nd Job was distributing postpaid mobile bills of Airtel, Voda etc. This work look easy to me as it has no fixed timing. They are paying 3 Rs. for One bill reached to the destination and that too by taking the sign of the recipient.

So I distribute 100 bills in a week and earning 300 per week which was enough for me at that time in 2005.

3rd Job: Giving Tuition:

After I completed my 10th class and joined SD School in Panipat for 12th Class in Non-Medical, I came to know about making only email id.

In this time, I had left distributing bills and started giving tuitions to 10th class students at my home. That was the increment in my earning and as I making 3k-4k per month from 1k per month.

In B-Tech:

After I entered in B-tech in ECE branch in SDITM, Panipat till the first year I know nothing about computer. At this time I am still giving tuitions but this time to 12th students teaching Chemistry which is my favorite subject. I used to earn 5k this time.

In the 2nd year of B.Tech, I got Compaq Laptop which my parents have given to my Sister. As She graduated in BCA when I am in my 2nd year. So I got that old laptop and my Sister bought a new one for her.

When I got the laptop and I started taking full benefit of it and learning something new every day.

In June 2011, I came to know about website designing and at that Making website for me like ( in Hindi called – Hawooa).

So I decided to learn Website designing myself as I have a habit of learning thing myself without taking help of others unless I have not known anything in Advanced.

So I take a pledge to myself that I will learn Website Designing myself in 30 Days. Every day I came from college and give 2 hours to learn Website Designing.

At that, I was using W3schools to learn HTML and PHP.

After the final day means the 30th day of my pledge, I made my own website in HTML and Some PHP tweaks and Feel like achieved something big.

Although the website is just not formatted with CSS and looks no good. I need some more capability in this so I decided to save others website in computer and editing them with Dreamweaver.

Testing, Testing, and Testing made me learn something good.

“As we all know, knowledge is money.”

So I decided to use my half ability to design a website to earn some money.

That was in Sept 2011 when I started my own company named Matrix Webtex. You can search on the internet although domain not active now.

Now the question was How to find clients? What type of companies or people should I approach?

I came to know about Justdial who has a large database of India SME’s and some local businesses in every sector.

Now the Questions was How to approach or pitch them?

I used Way2Sms for sending messages by using one of my numbers. As all of us received daily so many messages which are called VAS services or Bulk SMS Services.

As I have no budget to spend on Bulk SMS, so I used Way2SMS.

I find the contact of easy targets which have no websites and can make one if convinced a little bit.

One thing was that What content to be used in Way2SMS in that 140 characters short message. I found some attractive messages that come on our mobiles and made one for myself from them.

I started targeting Educations Institute which provides Distance Learning Courses. I messaged them through Way2Sms and you will not believe that as I can’t believe, I received 7 contracts in my first week after sending messages.

That means I made a business of approx 50k in the first week.

This was the time when I entered into blogging world in Dec 2011.

Read part 2 of this in next post.