10 Of The Most Effective High Level And Nitty Gritty Tips For Getting Rich


10 Of The Most Effective High Level And Nitty Gritty Tips For Getting Rich

What Is The Most Effective Yet Efficient Way To Get Rich? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Evan Asano, Founder and CEO of Mediakix, @EvanAsano, on Quora:

Theres a story of an Italian Billionaire when asked if he had to start over from scratch what hed do (I searched Google fifty times to find the original without luck). He replied that hed take any job to make $500, buy a nice suit, then go to parties where hed meet successful people. The implication being that he meet someone whod offer him a job, share an opportunity, etc.

Im almost forty, and of the five career type jobs Ive had in my life (I run my own business now), four came through networking. Only one came out of applying to a job listing.

But networking isnt something you just go out and do. Its immensely more effective if you have simple people skills. And when I say simple, I mean spend a couple hours reading Dale Carnegies How to Win Friends and Influence People. Read that and try it out at a party and youll be blown away by how effective it is and how after meeting and talking with a few people and asking them about themselves, how theyll want to help you, without you asking them.

When I asked my old boss who was the most remarkable sales person Ive met, what he did to improve his sales skills, he told me that right out of college without any skills or pedigree degree, he took a job as a limo driver. He was reading How to Win Friends and Influence People and thought it would be worth trying out. He would ask his customers one simple question when they got in the limo, So tell me about what you do. That simple question resulted in a huge increase in tips he received. Notice he didnt ask his customers, What do you do? Theres a subtle difference. If you ask the latter, many people will just tell you in a few words what they do. If you ask the former, its an invitation for them to tell you their story. Few people will turn that down.

At one point early in my career, I was doing research in the medical field and realized I wasnt interested in it or where it would lead. I wanted to make more money and get into the business side of things (this was right after the tech crash in the San Francisco area), so I spent nearly nine months relentlessly applying to jobs, writing cover letters, researching companies. With no success. I was doing it all wrong.

One night, my roommate asked if I wanted to go to a party. Sure, no problem. We went. I didnt know a single person there. At one point, everyone did shots. I wandered back to the kitchen to get a beer. There was one other guy in the kitchen and I introduced myself. We talked for a while, I asked him what he did and he said he worked in biotech. I mentioned I was looking to get into the field, and he said his company was actually hiring. My resume got send to the hiring manager, and I was interviewing within a couple weeks. You can guess what my next job was.