In my opinion the secret to being top of your industry is simple — outwork the competition and care more.
This doesn’t mean falling victim to the idea that the only way to achieve success is by working 15 hours a day fuelled by optimism and energy drinks. Instead it’s by thinking about the smartest, most efficient way to deliver something that your customers truly value.
The final crucial ingredient is being yourself. Have the courage of your convictions, stand for something and defend it fearlessly. The one factor that binds all of the leaders I most admire is their authenticity no matter what. It’s the one thing that makes you distinctive and means that people will remember you for (hopefully!) all the right reasons.
My number 1 lesson is to not compare myself to other people. It's basic but true. I think the world is so often set up to pit people against each other "if someones doing this at a certain age then I should be doing this". It forces us to make bad decisions. At school, at university, on grad schemes we're graded and compared to our peers but I've forced myself to let go of that mentality.
There's always someone who will be younger, prettier, smarter, more successful than me, so why allow that negative energy into my life?
I make decisions based on what I want to do, live life to the beat of my own little (weird) drum and fundamentally am happier for it. When you're pushing yourself to try new things you're opening yourself up to a lot of rejection, criticism, people knocking you back. You can listen of course, but fundamentally there's nothing wrong with living life on your own terms. If we start to think about the world as winners, losers, better or worse, we start to feel unsatisfied with what we have and lose our sense of community. Life's tough enough, why add more things to worry about to it?
Founder & CEO at Rainchq, a platform empowering women to reach their financial goals.