Success is about much more than just acquiring money or achieving fame. True success is about leading change and making a positive impact on others' lives. Leaders inspire change, and now more than ever we need leaders to rise up.
This generation has the opportunity to be the most impactful of all time. I've been on a journey over the past three years interviewing leaders that are paving the way.
The result of this investment is my video series called Leaders Create Leaders, and this week marks the launch of season three. It's been a huge investment and worth every penny.
Here are the four biggest lessons I've learned along the way:
1. Find something you'd live and die for.
This is a mantra of Tom Bilyeu, founder of the billion-dollar brand Quest Nutrition. What are you waiting for? There are massive problems in our world that need leaders to rise up and solve. The more passion you have for it, the better.
My first business was building a stock forum to solve my own problem of not knowing the fundamentals in stock investing. As I discovered a solution, building the forum, this is what opened the door to new opportunities that changed the trajectory of my career.
Later on I encountered yet another problem that turned into a massively successful business. As a Millennial, I didn't have a one-stop-shop for content I cared about, so I built Elite Daily--a platform that covered everything from health to dating to business.
Seeking to solve the problem generates so much passion that it becomes infectious. You create a tribe that believes in it as much as you do. Find what problem you are most passionate about solving and your tribe will find you.
2. Do what scares you.
Jordan Taylor of Taylor Cut Films shared with me a simple formula for becoming great: "If it scares you, do it". Feel the fear and do it anyway. This advice echoes the wisdom that a Navy SEAL once taught me. If something scares you or makes you uncomfortable, you should do it.
It's become a habit to do what scares me, because I know it grows my confidence and courage in unimaginable ways, and carries over directly to my life as an entrepreneur.
From scuba diving in dark water at night with sharks to cliff jumping in Bali, every time I've jumped and done the scary or uncomfortable thing, I've learned so much more about myself and my character.
Embrace fear and act anyway. Your courage will be seen by others and you will create leaders around you.
3. Mentoring doesn't have to be complicated. Keep it simple.
In an interview I did with Christian Guzman, the founder of Alphalete Athletics, he reminded me of the simplicity of leadership. "We can all be a leader to someone. You don't have to be a celebrity or be rich and famous to be a role model. Look around you and find someone you can be inspire, motivate, educate."
You can begin leading others today. Don't overcomplicate it. Find a way to help and to add value. It can be surprising how much of an impact you can make when you just focus on inspiring others and adding value.
4. Expect obstacles and overcome them.
On your journey to success the obstacles are inevitable. Here are two ways to overcome obstacles and rise up as a leader that I learned from Bonin Bough. Bonin is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field, the host of The Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837.
First is you must believe in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who else will? Look to your past and identify times you've overcome obstacles. This will build your confidence, and this is crucial to leadership.
The second way to overcome obstacles is to educate yourself. Whether it be from research, mentorship or talking with peers, never stop learning.
Today, I challenge you to step up and take action as a leader. Look to the leaders around you for inspiration. Seek to add value to those you interact with today.
There are huge problems in our world, and we need leaders to find the solutions. We have massive opportunities in front of us, it's time to take ownership and create more leaders.