ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker

Ep 1 | The Five Drivers of Success [ Season 2 ]

February 07, 2022 Mike Acker Season 2 Episode 1
ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker
Ep 1 | The Five Drivers of Success [ Season 2 ]
Show Notes

What is your definition of success? How do you plan on achieving it? 

In this episode, Mike shows you the five different drivers of success. These include education, expertise and experience, emotional intelligence, communication, and work ethics.

Tune in to learn the skills in detail.


What are the five drivers of success?


  1. Education

What type of success do you want? Does it require formal education, or does self-education help? Success is no longer about the number of degrees you have or the college you went to.


     2. Expertise and experience

Most often, what people look for is the skills, sometimes, not even the experience. There is a correlation between the two, but not necessarily a causation. Some people have done the same thing for a long time and still are not experts. Some people have invested themselves, put in the targeted time, and become experts, even without years of experience.


     3. Emotional intelligence (perhaps the most important driver of success)

Unless you understand yourself and the people around you, it's difficult to reach a certain level of success. Emotional intelligence is necessary.


    4. Communication

Assertive communication is an important determinant of success.  


  5. Your work ethic

Lastly, your grit, determination, and hard work are what lead you to success.

How do you build emotional intelligence?


Building self-confidence starts with self-awareness. Start looking at yourself in the third person. Analyze your present state, assess and discover what you're doing well and can do better. 

Be aware of others the same way. A large part of it also involves empathy. Understand people and make sure to not react to situations, instead take the time to assess them and respond. 

What is the difference between aggressive communication, passive communication, passive-aggressive communication, and assertive communication?


Aggressive communicationAggressive communication indicates that you're only running over people. It's when you act in an aggressive, fighter-type stance, and you're focussed on the task alone. Aggressive personalities are more prone to fights.


Passive communication – Passive communication is when you are too agreeable; you let people decide everything. You might attribute it to introvertism, which isn't the case. There are passive introverts and passive extroverts. 


Passive-aggressive – Most people are passive-aggressive in their communication. They passively say things. For example, Mike explains that if he were to talk to his wife and say, 'Hey, it's gonna be a long day, and I just really wish I didn't have to come home to dirty dishes in the sink,' that would be passive communication. He isn't directly asking his wife to do anything, but he's passively, aggressively implying that she gets it done.  


Assertive communication -- This type of communication is where you say what you mean and mean what you say. Many of our verbal and nonverbal aspects need to be taken care of when communicating this way.

What are the three different areas to focus on for assertive communication?


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