2010 Career Challenge: A = Aim

Note: This is the first post in a new series Emily and I created called the “2010 Career Challenge: Becoming a Rock Star from A to Z.” Over the next several weeks, we are providing concise – and alphabetical – tips designed to help you elevate your game at work.

A = Aim.

Aim to be the best at something. Become the best writer. The best number-cruncher. The best presenter. Whatever. The point is to aim.

As I look back on 2009, the things in my life and in my work where I had the most success were totally aligned with my goals. I wrote them down. I looked at them often, and I tracked my progress. Throughout the year, I remained conscious of my ultimate aim.

If you are following this blog, there is a good chance that you are an ambitious go-getter. You want to succeed and, to do that, you need to differentiate and distinguish yourself.

So, set some goals. Take aim!!

I can guarantee you this: if you just go along with the program… regardless of how diligent and dutiful you are… you are not going to move up or get ahead. The “system” will not advance you. You must aim to become the best. This point may seem simple, but you would be surprised at the percentage of so-called professionals who mindlessly drift along through their work, never achieving all they are capable of.

Therefore, if you are truly committed to your success… if you are ready to take aim… here’s my challenge to you: shoot for the 4% club.

Most people think it’s good to get to the top 20% of one’s class/group/profession. We all know the 80/20 rule, right? 80 percent of performance results are generated by 20 percent of performers.  But I want you to get into the top 20% of the top 20%. In other words, The 4% Club.

This is entirely possible! What’s required to get there is aim (focus), the ongoing commitment to refine your skills, the desire to acquire new skills, and the determination to become the best.

Everyone in the top 20% has talent and smarts. Those in the top 4%, however, tend to be more focused and more apt to put in the extra work. Think of the top 20 sprinters in the sport of track & field. There’s a huge difference in the best times between #1 and #20–but not much difference between #1 and #4. Extra practice, better running form, better nutrition and better rest/recuperation are the factors likely that separate the top 4% from the others. Simply stated, they are more focused and their aim is more precise.

Do you have the desire and the fortitude to get to The 4% Club?

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