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#7 - How I earned 131 Trailhead badges in 7 weeks.

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1 actionable tip to grow your salesforce career.

Today’s issue will take about 5 mins to read.

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In a cluttered industry, learning quickly is a massive advantage. It can literally be the difference between a job in 1 year or 1 month.

In a short 7 weeks, I added over 131 new Trailhead badges using a simple 4 step process.

Now I want to share the journey (and steps I took) so you can repeat it.

If you can nail this system down, you’ll learn Salesforce. And with Salesforce knowledge comes enormous opportunities: job security, remote work options, better jobs, larger salary, in-demand skill set, etc.


Unfortunately, most ppl get lost in Trailhead for years and never end up figuring it out.

Why?

No system.

You cannot reliably learn Salesforce without a system.

When I see ppl starting out, they are just collecting digital badges without any real strategy.

  • They aren’t consistent.

  • They don’t review their goals.

  • They don’t use tools to make Salesforce learning easier.

I’m going to share how you can avoid these mistakes and utilize a much better plan.

Here’s how, step by step:

Step 1: Create a learning habit

Too many new salesforce users join Trailhead and start aimlessly clicking on the first things that pop up.

The problem is they forget that the point of Trailhead is to learn Salesforce, not to earn badges.

My goal was to earn badges that would specifically help me in my day-to-day job. This reduced the chances of me feeling burnt out because I was actively learning about things I could apply the very next day.

The other benefit of being specific in your approach is having an end goal. You know why you are there, you clearly see your progression, and you attain your goal much quicker.

Step 2: Download the trailhead app

Every goal is easier with less friction.


On December 22nd, I downloaded the Trailhead app on my phone and built my learning habit by replacing “wasted time” with productive time. Every day, I would force myself to click Trailhead instead of Twitter when I felt like scrolling on my phone.

I had 2 simple goals:

  1. Solidify my learning habit

  2. Earn 5 badges every single week

Creating this habit, made learning easy. Instead of randomly reading updates while I stood in a line, I was working towards a new badge. This is a simple way to rank up faster.



Step 3: Schedule when you will study

After a week or two, I got pretty used to using trailhead every day and started earning more than 5 badges a week.

I was ranking up quickly, but I wanted to fan the fire even more.

I had a hunch that if I specifically set aside time to study on Trailhead I’d be able to gain even more.

So, I started scheduling my time. This allowed me to have a much deeper understanding of the topics I was learning in a way that encouraged better focus to get more done in a shorter period of time.

My goal was to simply do what the calendar said. Here’s an example:



Step 4: Review your routine

After implementing the 3 steps above, I started to review what was working well for me and what was holding me back.

For example, my attention span to the modules that weren’t as applicable to my job were getting less and less interesting to me. I wasn’t really paying attention to them either. That’s a good sign to cut it out.

At the same time, the design modules were helping me at work and I really enjoyed learning more about them.

So, I dropped the boring modules and replaced them with more UX, UI, and design psychology to help me more at work.

Pretty much immediately I felt more interested in Trailhead again. Always review your strategy.


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Jordan

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