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How to Become a Game-Changer

January 06, 2018

How to Become a Game-Changer

It’s time to say goodbye to the past twelve months and say hello to January - otherwise known as the month of new beginnings. As a company founded on the principle of fresh starts, we believe in this transformative time of the year. But we know how tricky making and keeping resolutions can be, especially when they involve major life changes. So how exactly do you make the change you want for the new year?

Inspiration comes in many forms, which is why we’ve created a list of our favorite words of encouragement from some of the biggest game-changers, influencers and thought-leaders around. Whether you’re starting a new workout routine, switching careers, or learning a different language, taking the first step is often the hardest part. But what comes afterwards can make you better and stronger for years to come.


Forget Regret, Get Decisive - Gary Vaynerchuk

Best known for transforming his family business into a multi-million dollar empire and then leaving it to start what would become one of the most successful ad agencies in the world, Gary Vaynerchuk is a huge inspiration when it comes to transformative change. Having set and accomplished not one, but several, major life and career goals, there’s definitely a thing or two we can learn from his wisdom.

Vaynerchuk started his advertising business with zero know-how or applicable experience, but that’s not what kept him up at night. Vaynerchuk says that he didn’t worry about his lack of knowledge of the industry. He worried about his options. Was he doing the right thing? Was he on the right path? At some point, according to Vaynerchuk, you have to ignore those thoughts:

“Here is my advice: at some point, you have to put your big boy pants on and say ‘I’ve made this decision’ and you move on. The ‘buyers regret’, or remorse, or thinking ‘Did I do the right thing’ is never going to be helpful. Because guess what? Every option will get you SOMETHING. That something could be a return on an investment, or it could be a lesson learned. Doesn’t matter. You’re never going to be left with zero results. That is my advice to you. Suck it up. Make the call.”

- From The Hardest Thing About Starting VaynerMedia


Look Beyond the Critics - Jackie Robinson

You might remember Jackie Robinson as the first African American in Major League Baseball history. While fact-checkers and historians have suggested that he was likely the second or third African American to actually make the MLB, his impact on the world is no less important.

When Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947, he faced a lot of criticism. Abusive comments and death threats came from fans, opposing players, journalists and even his own teammates. Facing a world that was afraid of change, Robinson remained a pillar of exciting sport and social progress. In his first season as a Dodger, he stole more bases than any player in the National League and won the first-ever Rookie of the Year title.

Today, Robinson is known for his perseverance and defiance in those first few years in the Major League. When asked about his success, Robinson is known to have said:

“I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection. But I do believe that what I was able to attain came to be because we put behind us (no matter how slowly) the dogmas of the past: to discover the truth of today; and perhaps the greatness of tomorrow.”


Be Proactive with Your Time - Debbie Sterling

Sterling is no stranger to innovative and groundbreaking pursuits. As the inventor and CEO of Goldiebox, an award-winning multimedia company that builds activities and toys designed to empower girls in the world of STEM, she knows how rare and precious time can be the more successful you become.

Most recently, Sterling was inducted by President Obama as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work inspiring girls. For Sterling, gaining success has created additional challenges when it comes to making resolutions for the future. Still, she continues to set new goals:

“ The truth is, the more success you have, the busier you get. So you have to proactively make time to do things that are important to you."

- From Business Insider


Trust Your Gut - Es Devlin

It’s hard to believe, but the Olympic Games, the Royal Opera House, and Kanye West share a common thread - and her name is Es Devlin. Devlin is one of the most prolific and highly-regarded set designers of our time. For decades she has bridged the gap between artistic conception and physical manifestation, working for the most important theaters, fashion houses, and musicians of our time.

With a diverse and impressive body of work, Devlin understands the difficulty of finding the right balance between vision and implementation when working on new projects and endeavors. In an interview with Peter Aspden, she speaks about the importance of looking past what’s possible and trusting your instinct:

“[There’s a] clash between making a choice for the possible, which leads to atrophy, and making a choice for the impossible, which becomes a tragic failure...You can’t know if something is going to work. You can never know. But you can have a hunch.”

- From The Financial Times



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