7 Ways To Get Ahead In Life

I’ve seen some of you – rushing to get to work or school – not taking note of those around you. Speeding, running red lights, tailgating, & cutting people off.

Come on now… that’s no way to get ahead in life. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite ways to really get ahead, and change your life for the better.


1. Pay It Forward – There are quite a few out there who don’t believe in giving to others, and they don’t understand how this can get them anywhere in life. Not only can helping others change your view of the world, but it can help you meet some great friends, partners, and even contacts who could help get you even further. 🙂 See my list: 83 Ways to Pay It Forward.

2. Believe In Karma… at least a little? – Whether you like to admit it or not, being kind to people (or being rude) can really make an impact on your life. No matter who you are or where you live, word gets around. A great example is a real estate agent: you want people to refer you, but if you’re rude to someone the chances of them referring their millionaire buddy to you are extremely slim. Same goes with any business you’re involved in. Being rude won’t always come back at you, but you’d be surprised how often it does.

3. Take It Easy – So someone made you mad on the road? Whether you’re in a hurry or not, getting upset and doing something rude isn’t going to help you or anyone else. Make yourself feel better by taking it easy, and letting others in front of you every now and then. (Remember to also be courteous to the people behind you. Stopping to let five cars in every two seconds is not very nice.)

4. Create A Bucket List – I won’t deny that this one’s my favorite. Creating a list of everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) that you want to do in this life time not only gives you peace of mind, but it allows you to build the world and the life you’ve always wanted. A bucket list is your very own, personal guide to life.

5. Sleep On It – If there’s ever something I’m not at least 80% sure about, I tell myself to sleep on it. Whether this be a big purchase, a change in your career, or something you’re looking at dramatically changing, sleeping on it can really help you decide if it’s really something you want to do. – Listen, we all make mistakes, but fewer are made this way.

6. Be Yourself – There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to be someone you’re not. Starting today, be the real you in every way that you can think of… and if you’re not sure who that is, go figure it out. I’m not sure there’s anything more  appealing than someone who knows who they are, what they want, and who’s not afraid to go after it all.

7. Lighten Up – All of these options are ways you can find opportunity, but what happens after it’s finally knocking? This means it’s time to lighten up, grow up, and take your pick. This is not a time to be afraid of rejection or failure or ‘heading down the wrong path.’ It’s time to take action and start living your life for you… It’s time to make yourself feel worthy of the life you’re living.

A.E.C.

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