When you’re starting out, becoming the best in your industry can feel totally out of reach, especially if you don’t have ready-made connections or a rich dad. But that’s where we come in. As the business school for the self-made, we’re in the business of breaking boundaries and carving our own paths. Today, we’re sharing the formula that can help you 10x your career. Thank us later.
No, not the UK rap group (although they’re pretty good too). NSG is our tried-and-tested formula for rising to the top of your game:
Aka the three essential things you need to do to earn more, learn more and design a career you can be proud of. Let’s get started:
1. How to 10x your network even if you don’t have ironman-level-charisma
Above all, remember that the people who rise to the top of their industries all have one thing in common: the bravery to do so. Believe in yourself, build your network and skillset, and keep a growth mindset and watch what happens.
Spoiler alert: this is where things get interesting.
This isn’t just a handy tip we think you might like. It’s the premise behind Jolt, and we truly believe it’s the formula for success. So much so that we got together with great minds who’ve completed MBA’s at Harvard, Stanford and Insead and created our Not an MBA® programme.
This is a programme specifically designed to connect you to a thriving community of like-minded self-makers so you can tick the networking box in style.
Our team of MBA grads from the top business schools in the world clued us in on what was missing from their MBA’s. And we’ve included every single nugget of info they gave us. Not an MBA® teaches you battle-tested skills you can put into action straight away. Our teachers are world-class experts who are still working at impressive names across the globe.
Unfortunately we can’t give you the growth mindset, but you’ll bring that just by showing up.
Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.
I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...
Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.
And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.
The cognitive load is real, y'all.
But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.
Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.
The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.
Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.
And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.
Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.
Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.
Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.
When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.
Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.
"Sure! If you work 16 hrs/day or your dad is the CEO"
Wrong! Successful people use micro-skills, the right network, and a growth mindset to climb up the career ladder. Our sane alternative for an MBA — The NAMBA Business Programme - taught in cinematic London campuses — could give you the edge.