You’ve probably may have heard the success formula “fake it until you make it.” The idea is to act as if you’ve already achieved a goal; your brain finds ways to bring your external situation into sync and people sense your (at first fake) self-confidence and treat you accordingly.
For example, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you start by believing that you’re already an entrepreneur, even if you’ve never started a company. You find role models to teach you how an entrepreneur thinks and acts and you start thinking and acting that way. People notice, and might want to invest in your idea.
If you aspire to be an entrepreneur, approaching your career like an executive will help you prepare for your eventual launch. Here are six ways you can become the CEO of your career, and work as billionaires do.
A CEO is comfortable making decisions
Quality and speedy decisions elevate the productivity of an organization. CEOs must not only make good judgments themselves, but also grow the decision-making abilities of his or her team, facilitate decisions that support the corporate strategy, and build buy-in for final decisions.
A CEO considers both the near-term and the long-term
A good CEO keeps one foot firmly planted in the present while facing the future with a sense of anticipation. Knowing how to stay agile enough to function in the here and now while also being a forward-thinking executive is a must if a CEO intends to enjoy sustainable success. Living in both the present and the future will help a professional meet challenges head-on while proactively creating opportunities in a world that is anything but stationary.
A CEO continually learns and develops new skills
It can be easy to fall into a professional slump where nothing feels particularly motivating or sufficiently challenging. To be sure, there are times when being on career cruise control is helpful, such as periods of exceptional stress. However, at times we must head off professional atrophy by taking time to develop new skills. This might mean learning or deepening a technical skill (like coding or engineering) or cultivating soft skills, like communication or time management. Whatever it might be, a CEO takes time to continually improve.
A CEO knows how to say “No” and regularly does so
Want to stop putting out fires? Want to regain control of your time? Say no. It’s a beautiful word.
No, I will not be able to make it to the conference. No, I don’t have time for a quick call. No, I will not be attending your webinar. No, I am not interested in the product that you are selling.
By saying “No” regularly, you’re ensuring that your schedule is pruned and your priorities are set, which can safeguard you from feeling overwhelmed. This also means sometimes saying “No” to an existing commitment to pursue a goal of great importance.