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One of the quickest ways to accelerate your success is to learn from those who have already accomplished what you’re working towards.
Top performers around the world know that just how successful you can be depends on how successful your coach is. That’s why CEOs pay Tony Robbins $1M a year for 1-1 coaching—he’s one of the best at what he does.
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This week, I interviewed one millennial who has a unique blend of both success and triumph. He’s a 23-year-old who dropped out of college and went on to build a $41M company.
Meet Walid Halty, the founder of DVinci Energy, a sustainable energy company on track to be one of the fastest-growing companies in history. DVinci is on a mission to make energy affordable and accessible to everyone. It donates 10% of its profits to charity and is scheduled to give $100k in educational scholarships in 2018 and $1M in 2019.
This week on the Unconventional Life Podcast, Halty gives us the scoop on how he’s achieved so much in so little time. Below, learn ten of the habits and philosophies he says are integral to his success so you can fast-track your own path to your goals.
1. Treat Each New Week Like A New Year. There’s no doubt the New Year propels millions of people around the world to embark on new goals and positively reorient their lives. And yet, just two weeks after January 1st, a significant percentage of those people begin to give up on pursuing their goals. What is it about the New Year that’s so motivating? Psychologists call it the “fresh-start effect,” and Halty says you can capitalize on it by treating each new week like a new year.
2. Take Advantage Of Your Resources. With billions of books, podcasts, articles, and other resources at your fingertips, why wouldn’t you take advantage of them? And yet, so many of us don’t. Entrepreneur Tai Lopez says his reading habit of a book a day has been key to his success. The average CEO reads 52 books a year.
3. Don’t Lie To Yourself. How often do we talk ourselves into believing we didn’t eat that much at that party or we didn’t waste that much time on Instagram? It may seem benign, but Halty says it’s the reason you’re not seeing the results you want. “Be brutally honest with yourself,” he says.
4. Make Time For You. With so many things to get done in a day, “you-time” can often be the first thing to sacrifice. It seems practical—after all, you’re saving time—but it’s actually incredibly counterintuitive. According to a study reported in the HBR, the more time working mothers spent taking care of themselves, the better were the emotional and physical health of their children. Think twice next time before you skip a workout or cook yourself a nourishing meal.
5. Adopt A Weird Habit. Halty confesses he’s a fan of cryotherapy, a $75 shock treatment that involves stepping into a frigid booth for three minutes. Sounds crazy, but Tony Robbins and LeBron James also swear by it. Consider trying something unexpected and it might pleasantly surprise you
6. Beat Your Doubt To The Punch. Tim Grover, no-nonsense trainer of NBA star Michael Jordan, says “Don’t think. You already know what to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?” In other words, don’t give yourself time for a second thought before you take action. Entrepreneur Marie Forleo says, “You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.
7. Enlist Mentors. “I’m only 23,” Halty admits. “That’s why I have a team of advisors. I can say to them, hey, what would you do here or hey, I’m struggling with this, and they give me actionable information.” Acknowledge your weaknesses and seek feedback from those who have already walked your path.
8. Don’t Listen To Your Haters. Have you ever been told by friends and family not to pursue your dreams, only to gain their support after you’ve proven them wrong? Don’t let the fearful projections of others stop you. Trust your gut and act upon your own volition. “My parents didn’t believe in me—they said I was crazy, they said I wouldn’t do it, they said to back to school. Now they believe in me, now I’m helping them and the tables have turned,” Halty says.
9. Work Harder (And Smarter) Than Anyone Else. Demir Bentley, co-founder of Lifehack Bootcamp, says, “Today’s hustle culture is telling us to ‘outwork your competition’, but the truth is that you are not a scalable system in your work. There’s never in history been so many cheap tools available to automate, delegate, and eliminate your work. If you’re not taking advantage of that, you should be!”
10. Minimize Your Decision-Making. Steve Jobs was famous for wearing the same outfit everyday—a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and a pair of New Balance sneakers. Why? He knew that decision-making is a precious, limited resource. Halty’s philosophy is the same. “On Sundays I take the entire day to plan out the entire week so when I wake up I make as little decisions as possible because I already have to make a lot of decisions on a daily basis,” he says. Conserve your energy for the decisions that count.
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This article originally appeared on Forbes.com