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This week I interviewed Kyle Nitchen, a construction project manager overseeing more than 100 million dollars in projects at Miami Beach. He is also the creator of kylenitch.com and expert on leadership development. Here are the main takeaways from this week’s podcast.

A great social circle takes effort to develop

When you were still in school, you had the luxury of being surrounded by people your age and with similar interests all the time. You probably didn’t even have to think about how to make new friends, your environment made it easy. But the real world can be a lonely place.

Many of us live lives based on routines. We see the same people, go to the same places, and do the same things day in and day out. Besides your family and those at work, you probably don’t have the chance to talk to anyone else.

If you want to create a thriving and diverse social circle, you must take the time and energy to go someone new and meet a stranger. No one is going to give you the permission to do it except for you.

Join meetup groups and networking functions and introduce yourself to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Instead of watching TV and browsing Facebook this weekend, go out and meet someone new.

What is leadership?

Leaders take ownership of everything in their lives. No whining or complaining about things you can’t change. Especially don’t blame others for your problems. Focus on the things you can improve and work from there.

Leaders lead by example. They put themselves in at risk with full confidence that they will be able to handle anything head on. Leaders inspire others to act with courage.  Leaders create other leaders.

Leaders are humble and treat everyone with respect. They know that in order to be a great leader, they must surround themselves with people that complement their weaknesses. Leaders learn to listen and build strong relationships with those around them.

Plan your day and track your progress

Physically write down one big goal that you want to accomplish each month. Imagine where you’re going to be after accomplishing 60 big goals in 5 years.

Find yourself a journal and start writing now. By physically writing down your plans, you are more likely to commit to it.

Once you’ve tracked your progress for a couple months, you can look back and remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Keep reading what you’ve written to relearn the lessons you’ve internalized and never make the same mistakes again.

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