Everyone loves money.
No, that's definitely not a typo. Everyone. Loves. Money. It's that simple. From the most affluent investment banker in NYC to the fashionista in London to the entrepreneur in Chicago, we are all driven to success, and success will often mean financial stability. Having a passion for obtaining financial success is not a sin, and no matter how much society tries to shame the rich, we can't honestly say that we don't wish we were in their shoes. Come on, just a little? Ok, you're a better person than I am.
Now, money isn't the only thing that makes the world go 'round. For those that care both about financial success and personal success, I offer tips that have been helpful to my social sphere, family, and yours truly. The following rules apply to work, life, and everything in between, and are of particular importance to anyone who has to sell themselves. Come on, get your head out of the gutter: you know what I meant. Everyone has to sell their vision and mission: lawyers, small business owners, sales(wo)men, PR gurus are all doing it and you may not even know it.
The following are some of my basics in business and in life that have proven time and time again to be successful. In conjunction with a 1-year, 5-year plan and a few goals, you can secure the success of yourself and your wallet.
CULTIVATE A (GOOD) REPUTATION
As Warren Buffett has oh-so-candidly put it; ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.’ Cultivating a reputation is a lifelong endeavor, but maintaining one is even harder. By understanding that reputation is a 120% commitment, you’ll find that you impress upon yourself the very highest of moral and business standards. This will ensure that you are well liked and respected throughout the business community.
BE OPEN ABOUT YOUR MISTAKES
Ask any business elite and they’ll tell you that, despite their millions or billions, they made plenty of mistakes en route to the top. Trust me, I've definitely made plenty of mistakes along the way, but by being open about who we are we can truly embrace the fact we are all human and are on this journey together.
Don't be complicated and speak the language of the people. If running for congressman as the youngest candidate in the nation (2014) has taught me anything, it's that being able to speak to your constituents in a manner that is understandable is key to embracing a community, and they you. Plus, no one likes to feel lost and confused: bad for business, definitely bad for relationships (uh oh).
TRUST IN YOUR OWN JUDGMENT
If you’re leading others, the chances are you’ll be pretty capable at what you do – and therefore you should have faith in yourself and trust in your judgement. The status quo is not always right, and if you're confident enough to wear that Christmas sweater in February while still getting the sexy eye from the guys and gals, then rock on. Be confident, be a stud.
Jorge is a Chicago-based public relations and brand management guru with 5 years of experience in the realms of marketing, graphic design, cross-cultural communication and branding, and media relations.
A lover of food, small business, and travel, this young entrepreneur has lived in over 19 countries and visited more than 47 for both work and pleasure. Jorge spent a significant amount of time living and working in Southeast Asia where he helped victims of human trafficking establish 1 and 5 year plans to empower themselves and their communities.
In addition to his work in human rights and business development, this young man has also established a fair-trade program in both Thailand and Mexico, working directly with women entrepreneurs to sell their crafts to a global audience and provide for a fair, living wage. His motto, "think locally, act globally" is how he lives.
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