The 10X Rule By Grant Cardone is a guide to set goals, reach and retain success in any area of your life.
The 10X Rule will help you to define your version of success and to repetitively create extraordinary levels of success.
What is the 10X Rule?
The 10X Rule is achieving success by putting in 10 times the effort and the action that the average person would.
The 10X Rule means acting towards your goals with 10 times the right mindset.
Why is the 10X Rule vital?
Estimating the right amount of effort and time to invest in your goals will help you reach your target without moving the finish line.
Furthermore, multiplying your effort by 10 will allow you to predict issues and to be prepared.
By using the 10X Rule, you will be able to:
- Stick to your guns and not be distracted.
- Define your own version of success.
- Make a plan for your life.
- Filter out goals that have been imposed on you.
- Set your own limits and aim for the impossible.
- Set a positive and sustainable mindset.
- Implement your own system of belief.
- Properly estimate your abilities.
- Tap into your full potential.
- Work without it feeling like work.
How to achieve higher levels of success?
Success is having a purposeful life and its realization is your responsibility.
In addition, success is important for your personal growth, for your sense of self and for your well-being.
Success depends on your stage in life and shouldn’t be minimized.Success is not a popularity contest. - Grant Cardone, in The 10X Rule Click To Tweet
To achieve higher levels of success:
1. Do not play the victim or make excuses
It is detrimental to take responsibility for your actions, to find solutions, take action and gain more control of your life.
2. Relinquish control
In life and at work, you will not control everything. However, you can control how you respond to everything.
3. Be the solution
Understand that you can be the solution and the problem to your situation, at the same time.
4. Do not try to be average
Being average and facing average difficulties will not lead you to success.
People who operate on the average level tend to try to overestimate results, underestimate difficulties, steal success from those who operate at the 10X level.
5. Do not rest on your laurels
Resting on your laurels is the surest way to get overpowered and to lose sight of your goals.
6. Set your goals
Goal-setting plays an important part in your success.
- Set your goals high enough so you do not fail, so you resist adversity and maintain your enthusiasm.
- Speak your goals into reality on a daily basis.
- Align your goals with your purpose.
- Clearly define your goals.
- Verify that your goals are equal to your potential.
- Understand that your goals are personal.
7. Avoid competing with others
When you compete with others, you spend more time watching what someone else is doing rather than creating and setting the pace.
It becomes critical to find your niche, dominate your field and do what others are not willing to do.
8. Be mindful of the company you keep
The people you associate with determine your level of success.
Before joining a group, analyze the pros and the cons of belonging to this group.
9. Get obsessed over success
Obsession is not all negative. Obsession can be converted into action and can be conveyed.
Being obsessed will push you to make things work.
Get obsessed over success.
Get obsessed over every possibilities and every action that will take you towards your goals.
10. Go all in
Going all in means fully committing to your goals and possibly over-delivering.
No matter what, understand that:
- It is OK put all your eggs in one basket and to over-commit.
- You can and will fail as many times as you will and can succeed.
11. Embrace fear
Take fear as a sign to keep doing what you actually fear and to keep applying the 10X rule because:
- Fear means that you are growing.
- Fear means you are doing something uncomfortable.
- Your moment is now. There isn’t a good time to take action.
12. Value your time
Time is of the essence. To achieve success: manage your time effectively, maximize your time, set your priorities, create a healthy work-life balance.
13. Do not be afraid of criticism
Criticism means that you are on your way to success when you start taking action.The most valuable chips you have are your mind-set, actions, persistence, and creativity. - Grant Cardone, in The 10X Rule Click To Tweet
The 10X Rule By Grant Cardone is an inspirational and motivational book, written for leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone who wishes to be successful.
It forces you to reevaluate your goals, your purpose and your definition of success.
It encourages you to take risks, “act, produce and create in massive quantities regardless of the situation or circumstances.”
It demonstrates how to be and stay the leader in any field. The 10X Rule focuses on your character, your mindset and your goal-setting skills.
Most of the time, we struggle to reach our goals and don’t understand why. But, Grant Cardone makes it very clear that:
- You must be self-aware and self-assured.
- You are the only one that stands in front of your goals.
- Success depends integrally on the effort, time and energy that you put in.
- Most of what society claims to be wrong is an inherent part of success.
To Grant Cardone success is a mindset and is determined by your purpose.
The 10X Rule is not a get rich quick trick. Remember:
- All goals are difficult to achieve.
- You will always face some type of adversity.
- You must assess your abilities and your resources.
- Your goals must be extraordinary, appropriate and require motivation.
- Success must be constantly maintained.
- You current state doesn’t matter.
- The way you are perceived doesn’t matter.
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When you have underestimated the time, energy, and effort necessary to do something, you will have “quit” in your mind, voice, posture, face, and presentation. You won’t develop the persistence necessary to get your mission accomplished.
Never take the position that things just happen to you; rather, they happen because of something you did or did not do.
Until a person is done being a victim, he or she is unable to create solutions and success. That person only has problems.
The most valuable chips you have are your mind-set, actions, persistence, and creativity.
If you are not creating new problems for yourself, then you aren’t taking enough action.
Success is not a popularity contest.
New leaders get into leadership positions by demonstrating greater skills, higher levels of emotional intelligence, better expertise than the teams they were in.
However, for new leaders, mistakes are common and quasi inevitable.
Mistakes show you what you are made of, what you need to succeed, what you need to redirect your career, what you are missing to improve your character.
Wondering what are the common mistakes to avoid as a new leader?
Mistakes don’t directly lead to success but it can show you the way. It is best when they come to light rather than going unnoticed.
When mistakes are made, it makes sense for us to focus on what we have done right, on our strengths rather than our weaknesses.
14 Common Mistakes That New Leaders Make
#1. New leaders ego-trip
Some new leaders want to bring attention to themselves, to demonstrate their self-importance and their superiority.
They usually overstep their boundaries, put down their “subordinates” and come off as arrogant. It is safe to say that:
- They lack self-confidence and self-awareness.
- Their ego is fragile. They surround themselves with yes men and people who strike their ego.
- They are entitled to their position and don’t understand that the position requires work and humility.
#2. New leaders power-trip
Leaders who power-trip lack humility and self-discipline.
They use their new position to impose their authority, to remind their “subordinates” that they have power over them and to exact revenge on coworkers that they didn’t like.
Needless to say, power tripping can damage trust and workplace morale.
#3. New leaders don’t deal with their imposter syndrome
New leaders let their imposter syndrome sabotage their efforts.
Leaders with imposter syndrome don’t believe that they are due to their position, don’t believe that they have succeeded thanks to their gifts.
Some of them are insecure, tend to feel like frauds and are afraid of being unmasked.
Some are overzealous. They want to do things their way, be the catalysts of change, challenge the status quo almost immediately.
Some overwork, they show off their skills and try to prove themselves.
Others expect perfection and not excellence.
#4. New leaders don’t know who they are
New leaders are generally unaware of who they are, how they are seen, how they should contribute and of what they now represent.
That is because new leaders:
- Don’t have a strong hold on their core values, strengths and weaknesses.
- Don’t communicate their core values.
- Are afraid of being authentic and showing integrity.
- Don’t really know what is right and what is wrong.
- Forget that they are role models to their teams and that they must uphold the company values and cultures.
#5. New leaders don’t update their mindset
Becoming a leader is a long and never-ending process.
However, new leaders have to quickly update their mindset to keep up with their teams.
They have to change their focus from frontliner to strategist, to doing from ordering, to performing a task to planning meetings.
Firstly, they must make a pact with themselves to grow and to improve.
Secondly, they must constantly monitor their words, attitudes and actions.
#6. New leaders don’t understand the requirements of their position
Leadership is not about the title or the position. It is about character, attitude and influence. New to their roles, most leaders:
- Don’t grasp that being a boss, being a manager and being a leader are different.
- Think “position” automatically implies “authority”.
- Don’t understand their job description.
- Don’t fully understand or commit to their role.
- Fail to see the bigger picture.
- Get overwhelmed by their positions.
#7. New leaders stop learning
Even though new leaders think that they can handle their position with their old skills and their old knowledge, most of them don’t have the necessary skills to be a leader.
New leaders face new responsibilities that they don’t have the skills for and :
- Are too afraid to ask questions and to ask for help.
- Take too long before initiating leadership training.
- Have to learn new skills quickly, autonomously, and most importantly apply them.
#8. New leaders stick to traditional leadership styles
Autocratic and commanding leadership styles, though common and easy, are outdated, are rigid, and don’t work anymore, especially with millennials.
People are more comfortable and are able to perform at their best with a democratic leadership style.
Today, millennials expect validation, recognition, rewards, a more deconstructed workplace that is fun, relaxed, motivational yet productive and structured.
They want to understand their role, the impact of their contributions at work, to be involved in the decision-making process, to learn continually and to own their work.
#9. New leaders don’t cater to their past and present relationships
Some leaders stop valuing people, start ignoring their teams and their past relationships. Instead, they tend to:
- Disconnect from their teams. For instance, they don’t listen to their team and don’t measure their words.
- Avoid conversations, small talk and nurturing new relationships.
- Avoid collaboration and do everything themselves.
- Focus on the results.
Leaders who don’t focus on people are seen to be snobs, insensitive, inattentive.
Dismissing relationships can easily create misunderstandings and conflicts because people have no barometer to measure your intentions, speech or behavior.
#10. New leaders run away from conflicts
New leaders aim to please at first. They sugarcoat, don’t address awkward dynamics, avoid conflicts, run away from difficult conversations, want to be liked and not respected.
They don’t speak up when they have to. For example, they don’t communicate expectations don’t correct employee mistakes when they have to, are no longer transparent because they are afraid of judgement and of losing their position.
In addition, they comply too often because they are not confident about their abilities.
Even if it is sometimes wise to avoid conflict, this strategy is not sustainable.
#11. New leaders shut down dissenting voices
New leaders must get comfortable with people who cause dissent even though the latter are natural catalysts, and easily take risks.
Dissenting voices within the organization usually have a bad reputation.
They are not welcomed in groups, go against the grain, are seen as not playing by the rules, are stifled, are the ones that end up being fired.
#12. New leaders don’t delegate
At entry level, we want to control people, do everything ourselves, be on top of everything all at once and find it hard to delegate.
Some leaders don’t know how to delegate, don’t want to delegate or just find it plain hard to do so. Indeed, it is a hard task because it requires that they:
- Give instructions to their employees.
- Have faith in the workers, be comfortable depending on others and believe that the work will be up to standards.
- Have confidence in their personal abilities and do not be afraid of being upstaged.
- Do not feel guilty that they are giving too much work to their employees because they were once in their place.
#13. New Leaders fail to navigate office politics
They don’t fully understand the politics at work and don’t take time to grasp it.
It is important that they:
- Address internal conflicts and discontinue previous leadership issues.
- Stay aware of the new power struggles. Indeed, they will be compared to previous leaders and compare themselves to previous leaders, have to deal with jealousy and insubordination at first, have to face judgement and backlash from their coworkers.
- Avoid talking negatively about the previous leader, gossiping about their coworkers with the coworkers.
- Do not try to belong to a group in particular or try to be friends with their former colleagues.
#14. New leaders don’t take accountability for their actions
They don’t take accountability for their own actions.
Instead, they tend to shift blame, find a scapegoat, are afraid of the words “I don’t know”.
Furthermore, they take credit and don’t shine light on their high performing employees.
Last Words Of Advice!
Mistakes are inevitable, are a factor for change and for:
- Humbling us and discovering our authentic selves.
- Exhibiting our vulnerabilities, limitations and blind spots.
- Showing us what works and what doesn’t.
- Removing us from our comfort zones.
- Helping us prioritize and go to the essentials.
- Teaching us to forgive and to be less hard on ourselves, how to explore and experiment in life, how to learn and change.
- Making us more resourceful, more resilient, more self-disciplined and building our problem solving skills.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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