Just being good at what you do doesn’t cut it anymore. Today’s information fueled economy rewards a new breed of worker—those who can think differently, move faster, and attain a level of knowledge that tilts the field of play in their favor. In Shortcut to Prosperity, Mark Hopkins explains how to develop those habits—not only for career success, but also for a more fulfilling and exciting life. He’ll show you how to
• Do the soul searching required to find your passion
• Harness hardship or personal vision to engage a lifelong Prosperity Cycle that builds on one success after another
• Put in the hours with the right organizations to develop a differentiating level of competence
• Exploit your natural curiosity and expand your field of vision to spot opportunities others miss, the most important entrepreneurial habit
• Develop partners, guides, and mentors to help you along the way
However you define prosperity, Mark can help you find your field of play, develop a competitive advantage, and recruit allies.
Through stories of inspiring people—some entrepreneurs, some not—Mark reinforces the book’s message: you don’t have to be a genius or lucky to have the exact career and life you want. By sharing the habits of success and simple strategies for integrating them into your life, Mark will help you map your own shortcut to prosperity.
In this encouraging business tome, Hopkins explains how average workers can catapult their careers to a new level. Presenting 10 shortcuts over the course of the book's three parts Find Your Field of "Play," Develop an Unfair Advantage, and Recruit Allies he explains how to find a field to be passionate about, how to acquire and best learn from a mentor, and how to build genuine and effective work relationships. Central to the message is what the author calls a "Prosperity Cycle": making a "decision to do something," whether that is motivated by a "compelling personal vision" or "personal hardship"; followed by "self-discipline & focused effort," then by "a win or a learning moment," and finally "confidence & perseverance." Exercises such as "identifying your personal values" and determining a "personal vision" provide the foundation on which to build, and readers are also counseled that failure isn't bad, it's simply a learning experience. The author's reassuring yet realistic tone provides the tools anyone needs to be successful in business and in personal goals granted they are willing to do the work. This practical guide would be a useful addition to anyone's business library.