When it comes to productivity and success, there are two types of people: Grinders and Operators. Both can be massively successful, but only one can be truly productive.
Grinders are the most common. These are the men and women who believe that hard work and determination will eventually lead to success.
And they’re right. Hard work is necessary to succeed, and it is possible to grind your way to success. But is it really the best way? The most productive way?
Operators say no. Like Grinders, Operators do believe in hard work. But they know that true success and productivity only come when you pair hard work with extreme leverage.
To be your most successful and productive self, you need leverage over yourself, your network, and your time.
The Five Traits of Highly Productive People
The question is, what does that leverage actually look like? For Operators, it takes the form of five traits. Adopt these and you, too, can achieve true productivity mastery.
1. Be the most valuable person in your network
Operators are able to generate a seemingly-neverending supply of opportunities and referrals by properly nurturing their network.
They stay relevant and top-of-mind with their contacts by consistently delivering memorable, meaningful interactions. These interactions then lead to equally valuable opportunities for the Operator.
2. Master your market
Operators know they can’t generate opportunities for success and productivity if the service they’re offering isn’t worth referring.
As a result, they know they need to be the best at what they do. This means understanding their market, commoditizing their product or service, and providing an unbeatable experience to their customers and contacts.
3. Be ruthlessly efficient
Operators get more done in a day than many people get done in a week, and not (just) because they work longer hours than anyone else.
They’re able to accomplish this seemingly superhuman feat of productivity by relying heavily on a skilled executive assistant, chief of staff, or engagement manager.
4. Eliminate reactivity and increase proactivity
Operators realize that nothing kills productivity faster than reactive tasks (such as responding to emails or attending unnecessary meetings).
As a result, they schedule their days with preplanned blocks of whitespace time, or large chunks of time dedicated to proactive tasks with an exceptionally high ROI.
5. Seek help and guidance whenever possible
Operators know one of the most valuable things they can do to supercharge their productivity and fasttrack their success is to work with a coach or mentor.
Instead of seeing these relationships as luxury expenses, they view them as a valuable investment that’ll pay for itself ten times over.
Begin Your Journey to Productivity Mastery Today
And that’s it.
If you’re willing to consistently practice those five traits, you can reach the highest levels of productivity.
But notice that none of those ideas are particularly new. You’ve probably heard them before. You may already know you should be doing them. The problem is, like most people, you don’t know how.
That’s where we come in.
Here’s the problem: The strategies and tactics required to fully integrate those traits into your life are a little too in-depth to do justice in a single blog post.
That’s why we created the Operator Masterclass
; a free one-hour webinar for those who truly believe they have what it takes to achieve the highest levels of productivity.
If that’s you, I challenge you to take the next step. Set yourself up for success in 2017 by enrolling in the Operator Masterclass. It could be the most valuable decision you make this year. Just click the link below to get started.