What’s your top tip for achieving success?

With more and more professionals pursuing a non-linear career path, it gets increasingly harder for them to prepare for ‘the future’. To add to that, ambitious companies and high performing teams can be stingy when it comes to grace periods and can be unforgiving when it gets down to achieving goals.

No traditional programme has the foresight and tools to future-proof your career. No L&D organization or HR initiative will elevate you to the required standard.It’s 100% up to you.

To thrive, you’ll need to adapt, transform and achieve mastery, unreasonably quick.

This means getting comfortable extreme uncertainty. This means letting go of who you are so that you can become who you need to be. This means embracing the idea of a self-instigated exile, far away from your comfort zone. The key, for such rapid changes between states of matter? Radical self-development. Radical self-development can only happen if you are willing to COMPLETELY immerse yourself in your new environment.

Here’s my recipe to doing exactly that:

  • Outwork everyone else.
  • Align your priorities with your company’s.
  • Demonstrate accountability.
  • Demand feedback and implement it quickly.
  • Identify and befriend the movers & shakers.
  • Read obsessively.
  • Kill your ego.

Good luck 💪

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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? 


Tal Shmueli

Formerly Linkedin exec, nowadays Director at Jolt - Tal dropped out of high-school, never attended university and had zero competitive advantage. Tal got his break as an Intern in Leo Burnett, where he graduated as an International Account Supervisor. He entered the tech world with a 'tour of duty' in an Ad-Tech startup, where he built their Customer Support & Sales functions. Most recently, he published "Hackmethon: A Guide To Self-Hacking", which he spoke about at SXSW (Texas) and TEDx.