What does it take to be successful at what you do?
Realizing a dream requires that you define that dream and then set specific goals that will enable you to realize that dream.
But what goals should you be pursuing? What action should you be taking?
The only way to know is to learn everything there is to know about the industry your dream falls into. This means you need to read and gain knowledge of that industry. Then you must find out what the successful people in that industry are doing.
This means you must seek out the leaders in your industry. Leaders in your industry understand the industry best and have all of the answers.
Once you find the leaders, the next step is to start asking them questions about what to do in order to succeed in the industry. Then document every one of their answers.
I do this via the binder system. Create a binder about your industry. In that binder will be all of the facts you’ve gathered about your industry and all of the answers to the questions you’ve asked of the industry leaders.
The binder should be separated by topic or category. As you gain knowledge you will be able to define the key topics within your industry and fill each topics with facts and answers. Your industry binder will become your bible for your industry. It will help you maintain and grow your knowledge base over time. Eventually you will become an expert in your industry, a leader.
As your expertise grows, so too will your value to others. They will gladly pay you for your value. In time, the value you provide will reward you financially. Success is a process.