As Managing Director of Business Development at Balyasny Asset Management (BAM), David Black has accomplished quite a lot in his industry. He has had a 19-year-long career working in the financial industry with one of them being Point72. Even though this field is his passion, he has realized that passion alone is not enough. Black has learned that many aspects have led to his accomplishments over the years. Below David Black has revealed his five secrets to accomplishing more in his days and achieving optimal results.
Start the Morning Right
David Black believes a key to his success is starting his morning right. He has created a routine that is essential for him to focus on his goals. Sleep is when a person’s brain has neuroplasticity or can reframe its connections. A good routine can bring these new thoughts to light. Here is part of Black’s routine:
- He gets caught up on news and emails from the previous night.
- He takes time to exercise. This helps recenter his body and mind for the day.
- When he is ready to begin working, he tackles the most critical tasks right away.
Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman supports a good morning routine as well. Morning exercise or meditation, such as walks or yoga Nidra, can reset your mind and increase neurotransmitters like dopamine. Black has seen proof of this. He uses this morning routine to help him reach his goal of making each area of his life slightly better each day.
Never Underestimate the Power of Teamwork
David Black is aware that he would not be as successful as he is today without the great teams that he has worked with. He started at StreetAccount before spending eight years with Point72 Asset Management, where he was Managing Director. He then held his own firm Quadra Advisors, and now, he is the Managing Director of Business Development at BAM.
Black believes it is just as important to invest time in his team as investing time in the business. According to a Society of Human Resource Management study, 74 percent of contributors stated that a top factor influencing their work engagement is their relationship with their supervisor. Gallup and other companies have seen an increase in work effectiveness when employees feel valued and engaged.
Black’s simple advice is to “do right by others.” Show those you work with that you respect them and are willing to invest in them, and there is a greater chance they will do the same for you.
While a morning routine is important, David Black advises that it doesn’t mean much if the rest of the day is not managed well. There is a power in managing time that can do wonders for what a person is able to accomplish in a day. The following are some tricks that Black has learned:
- Be active, not reactive. Huberman argues that it is best to avoid email and work on clearer goals in the morning. Black agrees with this. While he looks at emails, he does not allow them to dictate his day. Instead, he works on the most critical tasks first.
- Reflect on the goals for the following day. It has been shown that creating a to-do list rated by priority can increase productivity for most.
Find a Good Mentor
According to Forbes “76 percent of workers believe that mentors are beneficial, only 37 percent have one”. It is vital in any industry to have a good mentor who can guide them to success. Black has been lucky enough to have had mentors throughout his career. They have helped him learn, grow, and face challenges that he wouldn’t have known how to get past without them. According to an analysis by Sun Microsystem, employees who have mentors are five times more likely to be promoted.
Because of knowing the impact of having a mentor, Black has volunteered with Year Up. He has assisted the organization, which strives to assist the incoming workforce in their budding careers, no matter their background. It has also been seen that having a mentee positively affects the mentor’s career.
Find a Space to Bring Your Best Ideas to Life
Black argues that he needs an ideal space in his life to achieve his best. This space is both physical and mental. When Black graduated, he had a dual degree in Political Science and History. However, in his job at StreetAccount, he realized his real passion: finance and investment. Without his time in this space, he may not have decided to create his own business or even be in the field of financial markets.
Additionally, Black has realized that he needs to be in the right mental space to form his best ideas. Cognitive scientists refer to this mindset of knowledge and plans as a task set. Each person has their own preferred way to do this. However, it boils down to reducing stress and increasing engagement. Black uses the first four secrets to create his space.
Using these five secrets, David Black has seen positive results in his own life. Once he found his passion, he worked on these concepts. First, he took control of his time. He starts his mornings right and actively works on moving his plans forward. Then, he cultivates and utilizes the relationships that he has. He learned from and leaned on his mentors when he needed help. He also supported his team, and in return, they supported him. Black believes that if you keep these five secrets in mind, you will accomplish more in your day as well.