Ten Influencers’ Advice For Getting Everything You Want

This article originally appeared on TheHustle

We all want to be the best… but it takes a lot of time and energy. Get inspired by the people who’ve already made it.

Just like any ambitious kid, there’s a lot I want to accomplish in my life. I want to make my startup profitable, become a partner at YouTube, and eventually grow big enough that I can be an angel investor, helping other people fulfill their dreams. But there’s a lot of space between then and now.

I need some direction to make this happen, and who better to turn to than rockstar investors and startup influencers who’ve already achieved this? I reached out to some of the people I admire, asking them all the same question:

What’s your number #1 tip on how people can achieve their goals?

Here’s what they said.

1. Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes)

Harrison Barnes played college basketball for the University of North Carolina, and is a 2014-2015 NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors.
“Believe in yourself no matter what. When you have a dream there’s only one person who can achieve it – you! Make it happen with your effort, determination and focus. When you combine all of that, things will start to fall into place.”

Even when we feel like giving up, we need to tell ourselves that we can do it (whatever “it” is), and trust the process. Dreams don’t come easily. When we embrace obstacles and failures and constantly put in hard work… that’s when results happen.

2. Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)

Gary Vaynerchuk is the CEO of VaynerMedia, angel investor, best-selling author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook and Crush It!, host of Wine Library TV, and host of a top podcast and YouTube show: The #AskGaryVee Show.
“Stop lying to yourself. Too many people want to dream about who they want to be instead of focusing on learning who they are! Putting yourself in the position to be successful and having the humility to accept that is the key.”

One way to achieve extraordinary results is to focus on our strengths versus our weaknesses. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that means that we need to delegate the things that we think we need to do. Gary Vaynerchuk is a great example of this concept, as he’s built teams around him to handle the work that he knows would be better off in someone else’s hands.

3. Pat Flynn (@PatFlynn)

Pat Flynn is the host of the Smart Passive Income podcast, founder of Green Exam Academy, and upcoming author of Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money.
“Ask for help – it’s impossible to do any of this alone, and if you ask any entrepreneur how important relationships and connecting with others is for success, all of them will tell you it’s absolutely crucial. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, know what you’re not good at, and get help when you need it.”

What I took away from this is that it’s okay to ask for help. Accepting that we need the support of other people is critical to keep us pushing through obstacles.

If we commit to building and nurturing our relationships, as well as genuinely helping others achieve their goals, this will naturally come back around in some form.

4. Jairek Robbins (@JairekRobbins)

Jairek Robbins is the best-selling author of LIVE IT!: Achieve Success By Living With Purpose, lifestyle entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and a columnist for The Huffington Post.

Jairek asserts that we can achieve our goals with seven simple steps:

  1. Know EXACTLY what you want (be specific)
  2. Know WHY you want it (identify what’s driving you)
  3. Create your massive action plan (model others’ success to speed up your journey)
  4. Take crazy amounts of FOC– USED & MASSIVE action!
  5. Measure and fine tune your journey
  6. Allow diving grace to guide you and handle the rest!

His message is helpful. We can only achieve our goals if we actually know what it is that we want, and why we want it. The why is especially important, because passion is the fire that keeps us hustling until we achieve our desired results.

Once we know our why, it’s up to us to craft a concrete plan for ourselves, make a commitment to follow through, and learn and improve along the way. Give yourself permission to step back and reflect on who you’ve become in the process.

5. Hal Elrod (@HalElrod)

Hal Elrod is the best-selling author of The Miracle Morning, keynote speaker, Hall of Fame business achiever, host of the Achieve Your Goals Podcast, and columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine.
“The [#1 tip I have is the] quality of your morning success ritual (i.e. ‘The Miracle Morning’), because it determines who you are becoming every single day of your life.”

By no means am I somebody who has achieved the extraordinary results of these influencers, but I can vouch for The Miracle Morning because of what I’ve accomplished since I started it.

I’ve done The Miracle Morning routine for over 280 days (as of January 11, 2016). I’ve seen game-changing results since implementing this in my health, my writing, and my startup career.

If you’re not where you want to be today, one actionable step you can take is to establish a morning routine. Wake up a little earlier and exercise, read, write, or do something else that inspires you. What’s important is that you made the decision to put yourself in a better position to succeed.

Realize that we are where we are today because of the actions we’ve taken and decisions we’ve made up to this point. If we want something to change in our life,we have to be that change.

6. Dorie Clark (@dorieclark)

Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You, professor at Duke University, and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes Magazine, and Harvard Business Review.
“Don’t take unsolicited feedback – ever.

Too often, we’re trained to listen to everyone’s opinion about what we’re doing or not doing. But the truth is, most advice is outdated (the secret to success is a steady, “safe” job) and is often filtered through other people’s biases or agendas. If you’re doing something innovative or different, it’s especially likely many other people won’t appreciate it or think it’s worthwhile.

Only accept advice from people you trust and whose opinion you seek out. Everyone else, you should ignore.”

Dorie makes an important point that we must understand if we want to put ourselves in a better position to achieve our goals: The only people we need to take advice from are the people that we would want to switch places with.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to listen to everyone, but I do think we should pay closer attention to those who have achieved the goals and results that we want for ourselves. Not only can they tell us what to do, they can even tell us what not to do. And it’s those exact pieces of wisdom that helped them get to where they are today.

The takeaway here is for us to seek mentors who embody the qualities and achievements that we want for ourselves. They can be mentors we know personally or admire from afar. What truly matters is that we consider following in the footsteps of someone who has already done what we want to do.

7. Peter Voogd (@PeterVoogd23)

Peter Voogd is the best-selling author of 6 Months to 6 Figures, founder of The Gamechangers Academy and host of the Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle podcast.
“Success is a lifelong journey that expands your awareness, expresses your creative genius, and helps you become the best version of yourself so you can improve the quality of your life and better serve others. The greatest power you can have is knowing your real values and strengths. Clarity is the ultimate power, and if you want results you’ve never had you need to get 100 percent clear on who you are, who you’re not, and what your ideal outcome is. Once you figure out what you want, you must figure out what you’re willing to give up to get what you want.”

There are themes here that have been stated previously in this article, but for good reason. And I’m glad Peter emphasized these points.

Once we gain absolute clarity on what we want and why we want it, another thing we need to consider doing is understand the sacrifices we need to make in order to achieve our goals. If our goals are big enough, chances are that we may have to give up some things that mean a lot to us.

8. Rory Vaden (@rory_vaden)

Rory Vaden is the New York Times best-selling author of Take The Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose, host of the Daily Discipline podcast, and a keynote speaker.
“Multiply your time by giving yourself the emotional permission to spend time on things today that give you more time tomorrow.”

When we have a huge backlog of things we think we need to do, well, we probably don’t need to do all of them.

The general idea here is that we should consider doing only the things that matter the most to us today, and either purposely procrastinate on what isn’t as important, or delegate what we can hire someone else do instead. By doing this, we ensure that we work on what will help us do even more tomorrow.

9. Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins)

Jeff Goins is the author of The Art of Work, host of The Portfolio Life podcast, a speaker, and a consultant.
“Listen to your life. Before you can tell your life what you want to do with it, said Parker Palmer, you need to listen to your life telling you who you are. Activity follows identity. You can’t do what you’re meant to do until you become who you’re meant to be. And that requires you to listen.”

Essentially, we can’t be somebody that we’re not meant to be.

There’s a deeper and more satisfying meaning behind Jeff’s message, which you can read more about in his book, The Art of Work.

When we commit to a long-term project, we later discover whether or not it’s something that is meant to be part of our lives forever. We hate it, or we enjoy it. It’s something we can do, or can’t do.

But once we discover our true feelings about each of our experiences, we can come to understand who we are and who we are meant to be. Once we understand our true nature, it’s easier to follow the path toward what we want to achieve.

10. Lewis Howes (@LewisHowes)

Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author of The School of Greatness, and the host of The School of Greatness podcast.
“Love yourself. There is no greater gift to the world than fully loving and embracing all of you.”

Sometimes, and understandably so, we forget the most important thing during our journey toward achieving our goals: ourselves.

Trust your gut, trust the process, understand that it’s going to be a long journey, embrace your inner talents, and do what you know you’re capable of doing.