The following applies to adwomen just the same…
Push it to the limit
A successful ad man works hard. He gets up out of bed with a goal in mind and goes to bed thinking about todays performance. He’s the guy in the office who doesn’t complain about his colleagues, work load or boss. And while he continues to push it to the limit in the office as his colleagues all recognize that he does in fact work hard – Not realizing, he plays hard just the same.
Confident not cocky
A successful adman understands his strengths but also recognizes his weaknesses. At the end of the day, he’s an individual who is confident rather than cocky. You see, cocky doesn’t want to learn – confident simply wants to build on what they already know.
Surrounded by a solid entourage
Having a solid entourage inside and outside of the office is essential to finding success. You aren’t going to develop a solid network just by sitting around on the computer however. Sure, the internet presents a great opportunity to take your relationships to another level. But still, to create a solid entourage you have to be willing to go further than the online bubble.
Give more than you receive
A successful ad man is aware of the circumstances surrounding him. He recognizes when his colleagues are on the verge of drowning in paper work and lends a hand wherever he can. Even when they’re extremely busy a successful ad man knows how to make time to give others a helping hand. Whether that takes place in the office our outside of the agency walls – A successful ad man does whatever he can to help others.
Recognizes his passion & love
A successful adman knows exactly what he wants to become and knows exactly what makes him tick. He understand what drives him everyday and is the guy in the office with a list of goals. They never come to the office with a goal of being difficult – they come to the office with a goal of doing something great. In times of stress and disorder they’re the ones who able to stay calm and carry on…
A true renaissance man
A successful ad man should push himself to reach his full and highest potential. The agency world is simply to competitive to allow yourself to be just another guy at the office. A renaissance man is a person who is skilled in multiple fields or multiple disciplines, and who has a broad base of knowledge. Many ad men work themselves to death doing the day-to-day job and are shocked when they’re let go. The difference between these guys and the ones still employed is the passion to become a renaissance man. It’s those individuals who work on their leadership skills, presentation skills, their personality and other attributes that find long-term success.
Values emotional and physical health
A successful adman understands the importance of maintaining a strong mind and body. They value time on a treadmill just as much as they value time reading an article in the Harvard Business Review. When they walk into the office they’re able to separate their home-life from work-life while also keeping their partner happy. The key here is happiness. A successful ad man knows what makes them happy and seeks it daily.
Defeat Procrastination and Embrace Productivity
Procrastination is a huge difference maker in regards to who is going to find success and who is not. It’s a complex psychological behaviour that affects everyone in some degree. A successful ad man doesn’t allow the drama in the office to throw him off his course. Nor does he allow the constant interruptions keep him from accomplishing his goal.
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” - Abraham Lincoln
They make important decisions quickly
A successful ad man is quick on their feet and can make a decision with a combination of instinct and logic. Similar to the way no one likes a person who takes hours to figure out what they’ll order at a restaurant, no one likes it when someone is unable to make a quick decision.
Success by their definition
If you ask the universe what is the definition of success – it will spit back at you with one word: money. Money brings great things, don’t get me wrong. But to define success solely on monetary gain is a one way street to failure. A successful ad man knows that they must define success on their own terms.