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How to Succeed: 32 Build Your Dream Suggestions

By July 10, 2018January 17th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

How to succeed at life, connect with others, aka network or just get sh#t done, build community, find meaning, contribute, live decently and authentically in this world, find your tribe, get more sh#t done and so on and so forth:

  1. Don’t just proclaim you’re an expert, Build Your Expertise!
  2. Practice. Try. Discover.
  3. Research.
  4. Dedicate yourself to your chosen craft (read Stephen King’s “On Writing” for inspiration).
  5. Study. Observe. Then inquire.
  6. Stay curious. Truly be a life long learner.
  7. Do the work required and then some.
  8. Work beyond the corners of your job description.
  9. Invest the time to become the expert, because after all, you are your own best investment.
  10. Build Your Network, Community, Tribe.
  11. Don’t be a jerk (yes, it is that simple!).
  12. Mentor.
  13. Be an outstanding mentee.
  14. Lend your talents. Donate your skills. Yes, give away the skills you’ve worked SO hard to master!
  15. Train your assassins (aka train and empower those you lead or manage to be better than you).
  16. Promote others.
  17. Celebrate success.
  18. Admit failure. Sweat the small stuff.
  19. Let others know what you need.
  20. Invest your time in the ventures, dreams, ambitions, goals and aspirations of others.
  21. Volunteer.
  22. Bring others into conversations.
  23. Hire people who don’t look or think like you.
  24. Move aside to create space at the table for someone else.
  25. Build your YES ME! Fund.
  26. Contribute so you can barter, trade, exchange, swap.
  27. Don’t just hope, build your reserves (’cause you may need them and you’ll have more options if you do!).
  28. Have resources (real dollars or in-kind ideas) as THIS fuels fearlessness aka career ambitions.
  29. Stay focused.
  30. Trust your gut — it is after all the sum feeling of all your experiences, contributions and interactions.
  31. Spend wisely.
  32. Invest with your hopes, values and vision in mind.

Bonus success points if you hummed Ani DiFranco’s 32 Flavors while reading this.

If you need more network building get sh#t done without being a jerk tips to fuel your career success, you can find them in #BYDN.


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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.