How to find your own X Factor

How to find your own X Factor

Last week we talked about taking a fresh perspective on your current challenges. Don’t worry if that’s still a work in progress; impact is what’s important not speed.

So take your time but don’t let time take you.

So what’s the next step? Well I strongly believe that most people are either in the wrong business or in the wrong position in their business or job for that matter. The majority of people chose an industry based on what they’ve studied, what their parents or peers have influenced them to do or because they think it will make tonnes of money.

Without labouring the point, I’m sure you can see that as a long term strategy this is doomed for failure, or at least a mediocre existence.

10 years ago it dawned on me exactly what I wanted do and that was based on two things:

  1. What I was extremely passionate about.
  2. What I was extremely good at.

This obvious, yet simple, yet seldom applied formula is what enabled me to spend the next 10 years personally growing faster than everyone around me.

Whenever people ask me what businesses I think they should go into I ask them, as I’m asking you to do a simple exercise. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left hand side make a list of the things you’re passionate about, on the right hand side make a list of the things you’re good at, in fact good isn’t good enough – what you’re excellent at!

What you’re looking for is a match, and there maybe more than one, between something you’re passionate about and something you’re excellent at; something you can become the best at.   If you’re already in the right industry and type of business, doing this exercise can help you to work out what things in that business you should be focussing on and building a team around to do the other stuff.

This is KEY and it cannot be understated how much. If you don’t get this bit right then everything you’ll do from that point will either be really hard work or will just not work.

This process of realising that it isn’t working can for some take years; time you don’t really want to lose.   The last thing I’ll say on this topic is that is does take courage. Most of us day dream about doing the thing we love but never grow the balls to actually go out and make it happen.

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