COURT­ING SUC­CESS

Our Aus­tralian Open pack­age will help you lift your game – on and off the court

Men's Health (Australia) - - Contents -

1 Dream It, Then Build It

The con­cept of a 3-D map of the world has long been a sta­ple of sci-fi, so it al­ready ex­isted in peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tions, Hanke says. As a re­sult, once he saw the demo, he knew it would be em­braced by users. “Suc­cess comes down to picking the right op­por­tu­nity,” he says. “Make sure it’s worth the ef­fort. Find some­thing that feels like it just has to be­come a re­al­ity, whether it’s you or some­one else who makes that hap­pen.”

2 Align Your Stars

Per­son­al­i­ties are key to suc­cess — but they can also con­flict. “We have rock-star tal­ent, but you’re try­ing to get some­thing done,” Hanke says. His tac­tic: keep the mis­sion in the fore­ground. High-cal­iber tal­ents are mo­ti­vated by am­bi­tious goals, says Dr An­drew Boynton, au­thor of Vir­tu­oso

Teams. But don’t force com­pro­mise. In­stead, make your peo­ple com­pete with one an­other, and then churn through their ideas un­til the best ones emerge.

3 Learn from Ev­ery­thing

Hanke searches for lessons in all his ex­pe­ri­ences — not just the tri­umphs. This is a sign of self-aware­ness that he looks for in oth­ers. Fail­ures, in par­tic­u­lar, are dif­fi­cult to con­front, says econ­o­mist Tim Har­ford, and we may lump them with suc­cesses to pro­duce net pos­i­tives in our mem­o­ries. But that won’t help you per­form bet­ter. The trick: re­mem­ber that fail­ure isn’t a flaw. “If you are try­ing some­thing sig­nif­i­cant and new, you’re go­ing to make mis­takes,” says Har­ford.

4 Show Your Pas­sion

Hanke looks for peo­ple who ex­hibit en­thu­si­asm for the projects they’re work­ing on; it starts with gen­er­at­ing ideas for team im­prove­ment. For his hires on the busi­ness side, he likes to see ev­i­dence of en­trepreneuri­al­ism, even if it’s a busi­ness started to pay the bills in col­lege. “Any kind of ini­tia­tive says a lot about the per­son’s drive, in­tel­li­gence and abil­ity to cre­atively solve prob­lems. That’s huge for me.”

5 Move Past Prof­its

To mo­ti­vate your team, es­tab­lish goals be­yond mak­ing money, Hanke says. Google Earth found its higher pur­pose in 2005, when the team worked nights to pro­duce im­agery of New Or­leans after Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina struck so peo­ple could check on their homes. Har­vard pro­fes­sor Michael Beer says these higher goals can re­volve around con­cepts like qual­ity and ser­vice. If they’re authentic—if lead­ers be­lieve in them— they can help drive teams to suc­cess.

Video mogul Bran­don Evertz turned a $500 loan into a $550 mil­lion busi­ness. At 23, he’s now the youngest CEO of a pub­licly listed com­pany in Aus­tralia with Big Review TV, a so­cial me­dia video-review plat­form 1 Look into the Fu­ture

When he left school, Evertz had a vague no­tion of want­ing to build an in­ter­net busi­ness. But as to what shape or form this would take he had no idea . Strug­gling to re­fine your own busi­ness idea? Evertz’s ad­vice is to do a deep dive on your sec­tor of in­ter­est, imag­ine where it’ll be in five years time then plan ac­cord­ingly. That’s what he did with Big Review TV. “I had this vi­sion that the fu­ture of the in­ter­net was video,” he says. “You’ve got to look into the fu­ture – tim­ing is ev­ery­thing in busi­ness.”

2 Think Pos­i­tive In Evertz’s bed­room is a vi­sion board - a col­lage of per­sonal in­spi­ra­tion – that he scru­ti­nises ev­ery morn­ing. It in­cludes an im­age of Times Square (where Big Review TV se­cured a bill­board), plus the words “over $1bil­lion” (the sum Evertz wants his com­pany to be even­tu­ally worth). Visu­al­is­ing your­self hit­ting life goals might sound hokey, but it can work. This tech­nique is called the “best pos­si­ble selves ex­er­cise,” ex­plains Sonja Lyubomirsky, a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the Univeristy of Cal­i­for­nia River­side. “It in­spires you to work harder at what­ever you’re do­ing, which causes you to feel more optimistic.” 3 Watch & Learn

As you’d ex­pect from an on­line video ty­coon, Evertz spends a lot of time on Youtube. In par­tic­u­lar, he de­votes hours to watch­ing videos of en­tre­pre­neur­ial rock­stars like Mark Zucker­burg and Elon Musk. Partly he ob­serves them to get an in­sight into what makes them tick. But study­ing these ul­tra-achiev­ers in ac­tion has also be­come a form of motivational tool. “It’s im­por­tant to sur­round your­self with suc­cess,” Evertz says. “Pas­sion is con­ta­gious and so is neg­a­tiv­ity.”

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