I had the pleasure of being on Philip VanDusen’s Brand Muse interview series over on his YouTube channel and he asks all his guests this question.

And while I don’t have a set in stone manifesto, there are mantras that do guide me and help keep me on track when things get rough, get too big, etc.

One of which I shared on the show…that’s “Be Consistent”

Be Consistent

It’s something that I’ve heard from many folks that I’ve respected growing up and in my professional career as well.

This is one of the few things that I’ve said to my 1 and a half year old son too since the day he was born.

The reason this is a personal mantra of mine is because I’m a planner and I don’t like to let folks down in any sort of way.

Being consistent means that you aren’t late, you don’t miss deadlines, you are dependable.

This goes for personal as well as professional.

Think about your list of close friends, there is inevitably at least one that shows up to the party late, that the rest of you say “We need to remind so-and-so to make sure they remember.”

Is that the person you’ll call if you need a ride some place, probably not.

That’s who you become if you are not consistent.

Being dependable and reliable in business is an absolutely must for you to be successful. Otherwise don’t even bother.

Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Another mantra I have is to not be the smartest person in the room.

This is something that you’ll hear from a lot of people but that’s because it’s true.

Having a someone who you can gain knowledge from and learn from their experiences has a positive effect on you and what you want from your life.

There’s a reason why you’ll hear about apprenticeships in various fields like tattooing and other artistic areas.

It’s why you hear about how mastermind groups are game changers and people rave about them.

Learning from others is the best way to grow your knowledge and skills so that you can get to where you want to be.

Learning from their life experiences, their business experiences, their mistakes and successes will help you pave your own journey.

When you feel that you are the smartest person in the room, then time to find another room.

You will outgrow them, it happens, and that’s ok.

But by outgrowing those rooms, keep in mind that there is always another room to go into.

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