The 3-Step Process to Becoming a 10X Employee
Unicorns are real.
Not the type that gallivants through the forests in fairytales, but the kind that’s known as a 10X employee.
10X employees—as their name suggests—have ten times the output as their peers. They’re hyper-performers…and consequently, hyper-rare.
You can find this mythical professional in engineering, marketing, sales, HR, finance, customer service—essentially, every part of an organization.
Here’s the secret of 10X employees. Although many people believe you’re either a 10X employee, or you’re not, anyone can reach this level.
Yes, it takes hard work, patience, persistence, and a strategy, but it’s definitely doable. Read on to discover the way.
Step 1: Identify your superpower
Before you double down on an ability, figure out which one has the most potential. What are you already fantastic at? Perhaps you’re an excellent communicator, or talented networker, or creative thinker. Or maybe you’re the best person you know at planning events.
It doesn’t matter what it is—although you definitely want to enjoy using that skill, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time honing it.
Step 2: Practice, Practice, Practice
You may be thinking, ‘What? But I’m already really good at this. Why do I need to practice?”
Remember, we’re not shooting for “really good.” We’re shooting for “improbably good.” Best of your kind.That’s going to require an unusual level of work.
In Outliers, Malcom Gladwell explains that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”
That number has since been contested. It turns out, how much practice you need depends on two things: the field or skill, and your natural talent.
If you’re in an incredibly consistent domain, such as chess or classical music, studying has a huge advantage. The rules never change—once you’ve learned them, you’re set.
But if you’re in a less stable field, such as entrepreneurship, intentional practice isn’t as valuable.
And as Gladwell himself acknowledges, practice isn’t a substitute for talent. You can only improve an ability you already possess.
The perfect amount of practice fits your schedule and is relatively easy to maintain. That might mean spending an extra five hours per week on your craft—or fifteen. Figure out what you can keep up for years, then stick to it.
Step 3: Get a Mentor
Hopefully, you already have a mentor (if not several). Yet I’d advise getting a mentor who’s specifically experienced or successful in this field.
For example, if you’re trying to become a 10X leader, you’d look for someone who’s one of the best leaders you know. Or if you want to develop your front-end design skills, you’d search for a graphic design whiz to mentor you.
When you reach out, make sure to explain why you’ve chosen them. A little (genuine) flattery goes a long way. Then ask if you can ask them questions on an ad hoc basis—via email, Skype, phone, or text—as well as meet with them periodically (I’d suggest on a monthly or bimonthly basis).
Their support, guidance, and expertise will be invaluable.
Follow these tips, and you can become a 10Xer. Good luck on your journey.
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