These 24 Things Will Help You Level Up in 2024

Adrian S. Potter
6 min readJan 1, 2024

Here is your cheat code. Be selective with whom you share it with.

If you are of a certain age, this sequence might remain embedded in your mind.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A — then Start.

Known as the Konami Code, its use often meant the difference between victory and disaster while playing video games in the 1980s and 1990s.

It would provide non-expert users with some extras to help them progress through the game. Additional lives. Bonus power-ups. Access to secret levels.

You could, with practice, still win without the Konami code. But boy, it sure helped you kick butt more efficiently.

Isn’t that what you want at your job? For your startup? With your music, writing, or other creative endeavor?

The subtle power of the Konami code was that it was intentional.

The sequence was simple enough to recall for newbies and simultaneously sufficiently challenging that no one could enter it accidentally before or during gameplay.

The buttons pressed were basic. The order they were pressed was specific. The benefit was significant, but you still needed to do something with the gift to win.

The Konami code is like the activities you need to do to succeed. Each part of the sequence seems undoubtedly basic. But when aligned mindfully, they can provide a decided advantage.

That is why you are reading this. You want to defeat the next boss on this level of your career or side hustle.

So pssst — here’s your cheat code to level up in 2024. It is a concise list of 24 value-added activities for career advancement and job success in the new year.

Use it as much as you need to win. Share it only with those who you believe deserve it.

1. Set Clear Goals.

Define specific, measurable, and achievable career goals. You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what you’re aiming at.

2. Continuous Learning.

Invest time in acquiring new skills that serve your purpose. Stay updated in your industry. As Warren Buffet said, “Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do, Anything that improves your own talents.”

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com