Our Tips For Career Success
Be willing to work hard
You may have heard the saying “action follows intention.” This means that before you can even hope to find success in your given field, you need to be ready and willing to do what it takes to get there. This might sound like a small thing, but just the willingness to work hard can have a powerful impact on your career. In essence, you’re putting yourself in the right mindset to succeed. When you’re willing to work hard, you’re more likely to proactively do the work necessary to set yourself apart from the pack.
Goals are incredibly important in helping you attain success. How so? First off, goals help you define what success means to you. This will be different for everyone. For example, success to one person might mean a CEO position at a Fortune 500 company; for someone else, it might simply mean being able to pay off college loans and support a growing family without debt. Second, by setting goals based on your definition of success, you instill yourself with a powerful source of motivation. By establishing bigger life goals, you can begin to break them down into more manageable and actionable goals. Simply put, goals help you create your own path.
Get a mentor
Don't underestimate the power of mentorship. Some of the highest achievers in history, from business people to artists to entrepreneurs, have sought out the guidance of a mentor. A mentor is further along in their career than you, and can offer insight, guidance, and advice that is worth its weight in gold. They have gone through their own process of building a career similar to what you aspire to and can offer sage advice from a place of knowledge that can be particularly relevant to helping you grow. A mentor’s guidance can deter you from taking dead ends in your career and help keep you on track to succeed.
Surround yourself with successful people
We are the sum of the people we spend time with. So if you’re spending time with a crew of your college bros who sit around all day playing video games and eating pizza, do you really think you’re setting yourself up for career success? If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who you aspire to be like. Go to networking events, request meetings, and get to know the movers and shakers in your industry and related fields.
Always keep improving
Never, ever settle for just good enough. If you want to be successful in your career, you have to commit to self improvement. No, this doesn’t mean you have to be constantly self critical. While it’s important to be kind to yourself, you also have to be able to admit where you could use a little work, and to be willing to take the action needed to strengthen your weaknesses.