Let’s paint a picture together. You’ve just graduated college, you’re searching for your dream job, but every interview goes the same way. You aimlessly try to impress your future employer with credentials that are the same as the guy interviewing before and after you. On the flip side, you might even want to start your own business. Then the questions arise, “How do I gain credibility to obtain clients?” “How can I leverage my network when I don’t have one?” At the end of the day, you’re not alone.

 

I had the opportunity to sit down with self-starter Nicholas Kirchner (Founder and CEO of Pixsuls) and we talked about some of the ways he leveraged some key things to launch his career into the stratosphere.

 

Here are the top 5 things you can do to jump-start your career:

 

1.Networking

Networking in today’s day and age is easier than ever. With social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin, it’s almost impossible to not have someone of importance in your pipeline. More importantly, what you do with your network can make all of the difference. Nicholas recommends finding people who know more than you, shutting up, and taking notes.

“When you stop and listen, especially when you’re in the room with people ahead of you, you walk away with the insight you would’ve spent years discovering on your own. When I’m in the room with Tai Lopez, Ashton Kutcher, Sergey Brin (Co-Founder of Google), and other billionaires, CEO’s, etc. I keep quiet and become a sponge.”

 

2.Informing Yourself

Information is your edge in 2018’s fast-paced society. Being up to date on the in’s and out’s of your industry can make a world of difference. Whether it’s getting that dream job of yours, or starting your own company, having all of the facts and information is a key element in your future success.

Kirchner adds, “Think about how someone in your space could beat you. Be honest with yourself and find out what your strengths and weaknesses are, and use that to gain the necessary insight to level up.”

 

3. Execute on Ideas 

You can sit down and learn anything and everything in your niche, but if you don’t apply that knowledge, you’re just wasting your time. This sounds like a stupid thing to mention, but ask yourself, “How many people do I know gave up on their dreams without even trying?” Lack of success in any industry is usually paired with a healthy dose of lazy or absence of motivation. You can have all of the know-how in the world, but without execution, you won’t ever obtain the key skills to thrive in this ever-evolving marketplace.

Although this step is more geared to the entrepreneurs out there, this applies to jobs as well. In an interview, go out of your way to fact drop. Execute on edifying yourself. There is no shame in sounding knowledgeable in front of your future employer.

 

4. Make Sacrifices

There will be times where you have to miss out on that family event or cancel on your friends a few hours before that bar meet up. This is okay. It’s part of the game, and if you want to establish yourself at your new job or even have a chance at making your new business venture succeed, then sacrifice the time to work. This is something Nicholas can’t emphasize enough.

I’ve missed holidays, family parties, nights out with friends etc. but doing whatever it takes is necessary to truly master your craft. Sacrificing now for more upside later just comes with the territory of entrepreneurship; if it’s what you really want, you’ll have to be willing to do whatever it takes.”

 

5. Sell Yourself

Life is a giant game of sales. When you meet someone, you’re selling the idea that you could be important or influential to them. Knowing how to present yourself and your ideas is an essential part of life. Without this, there is a slim chance anyone will take you seriously; and as Nicholas put it, “No course or book can teach you how to be a great practitioner, that’s on you. And that’s what makes an expert, an expert.”