Rethink Everything: How a New Perspective Is Key to Your Success

How a new perspective on an old idea is the key to your success. Certain people — especially people under the age of 18 — dread the beginning of fall. It signals the start of school, endlessly raking leaves, the end of warm weather… the list goes on and on. I’m a successful entrepreneur and I always look forward to the new season. You should, too, because whatever your age or your level of education, you can always benefit from a “back-to-school” mindset. A child’s curiosity and thirst for new knowledge often gets lost in the transition to adulthood. This is especially true of adults who have been in the same career for a long time. Stability can turn into sameness, and the reliable can become the predictable. You may get the occasional curveball thrown your way, like some new calendar application or accounting software, but that’s about it. My wealth management firm, LexION Capital, keeps me on my toes, but I don’t wait for the challenges to come and find me. I take concrete steps to learn more, and you should too – this is the key to your success. Here are a couple of ways to do that. Pretend it’s your first day on the job When I worked on Wall Street, I saw the following scenario, over and over again. Hungry young grads, wide-eyed with enthusiasm, would step onto the trade floor. Their minds overflowed with revolutionary new ideas, and their determination to get in there and make a difference was palpable. Then, a month would pass, and these same hungry young go-getters could be overheard saying, “Well… that’s how...

How to Start Looking Forward to Monday in 3 Easy Steps

Here are some ways to avoid the dreaded Sunday blues and start looking forward to Monday morning. Let’s admit it – we’ve all had a case of the Mondays. And no matter how much we love our job, and how much we’re Loving the Hustle, Sunday sometimes feels like anything but a Fun-day. Not to fear, there are some ways to avoid the dreaded Sunday blues and start looking forward to Monday!   Eat a frog Don’t Google “nearby French Restaurants” just yet. We’re referring to people who don’t like frogs, specifically productivity guru Brian Tracy’s famous book Eat That Frog! It’s based off Mark Twain’s idea that if you eat a frog in the morning, it will be the easiest thing you do all day. Twain is right (well, he has the right idea) – you can do this by leaving the headache inducing tasks, or anything you’re not as pumped about, for the times where you’re at your peak. Read that as not 9 a.m. on a Monday. When you know you might be under more stress, or a little overwhelmed, you can make it easier by penciling in the easier stuff for that time. So, consider “eating the frog” on Fridays or Thursdays. Rather than loading Monday up with meetings, you can take on meetings earlier, and instead schedule Monday in with only your most passionate plans. Pretty soon you won’t just be ready to tackle your work week, but you’ll start looking forward to Monday morning. Pay it forward As Obama said “if you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with...

How to Boost Your Confidence In 3 Easy Steps

Feeling down? Check out our 3 easy steps to help boost your confidence   Every recipe for success is a little different. But achieving your goals, dreams, and future always requires that one special ingredient in the mix– confidence. After all, how can you expect others to believe in your achievements if you don’t believe in them yourself? Don’t fret (well, you won’t be doing that after reading this article) because there are some easy ways to boost your confidence 110%. (Literally) stand up for yourself Oprah doesn’t start her namesake TV show hunched over in the corner – she stands tall and gets the crowd amped up by walking around with swag and self-assurance. The audience wouldn’t be cheering otherwise, and without confidence they won’t do the same for you. We admit, standing loud and proud might sound a little intimidating. But science has proven that everything from improving your posture to doing “power poses” will result in a surge of confidence boosting chemicals in your body. And it’s a cycle of awesomeness – once you start walking around like you own the building people will treat you like you do – further boosting your confidence. The next big question will be “what came first, the confident LTH Gal or her self-assured strut?” “3 by 5”  Sorry, but nobody will take the time to shower your with praise – that’s why you have to do it yourself. The cold hard truth is that most people in business will only set aside their precious minutes if they see you doing something wrong. You’re doing some great things, so take the time to...
Love the Hustle, Not the Destination

Love the Hustle, Not the Destination

We’re here to give you the push to stay motivated and keep the finish line in site. You don’t run a marathon by thinking “only 46,111 footsteps to go!” after the starting gun goes off. Reaching your awesome goals will happen, and we want to be with you for every single footstep. But sorry, it’s not going to happen overnight. You’ll get there quickly, but you need some push need to stay motivated and keep the finish line in site. Here are some ways to Love the Hustle, not the destination: Look in the mirror (sometimes)! Dwelling on the past is no way to get ahead, and thinking back to high school is not going to drive you towards entrepreneurial success. But you need some motivation to reach your ultimate goals, and seeing your awesome accomplishments is a great way to do it. You can draw the line between getting upset over old photos and having the blinders on by doing a two-step evaluation process (no, it’s not a dance move). Every month, without fail, you should sit down and take a look at how far you’ve come! You don’t notice it day-to-day, but give yourself a pat on the back and look at what you’ve accomplished so far. Remember in grade school when your parents would post your report-card on the fridge after you aced your classes? Believe it or not, you should do something similar today. Buy yourself a sticky note and write your accomplishments on it, then paste it on the bathroom mirror. It’s a great way to remind yourself first thing in the morning about what you’re doing...