Career success is subjective to the individual, naturally. This doesn’t mean you can’t aim for the top, no matter what you want out of life. Whilst we don’t delve into what we consider as career success, we can explore some of the ways in which you can reach your goals. Let’s take a look at the top 10 tips for hitting the top and achieving a career you can look back on with pride.
1. Don’t Plan
Life has a habit of throwing things at us out of leftfield. If you’re set on a specific direction, you could turn down better opportunities out of stubbornness. There’s nothing wrong with concocting a plan, but do try to keep your options open. Make sure you’re as flexible and as open to new opportunities as humanly possible.
2. Go the Scenic Route
Don’t make the mistake of looking upwards at your career like a ladder. Life throws us around all the time. Your goal is to look for opportunities everywhere. Be willing to take an opportunity that moves you to a new place, even if it isn’t actually a step up. Sometimes you have to take a more roundabout route if you’re going to get to where you want to be.
3. Focus on Your Job
It’s easy to dream about your future job. But you won’t get there if you don’t do the job you’re doing now well. Concentrate on the job you’re in and do a good job there. You don’t want to screw up the present by watching the future.
4. There’s No Rush
A lot of young people in particular suffer from rushing. There’s no rush on your career. Don’t take unnecessary risks or enter the depths of despair because you didn’t get that promotion this time. Keep your eyes on where you’re going not on how much time you have left.
5. Take Risks
Nobody ever got to the top without taking risks. If you’re afraid of risk, you aren’t made for the big career moves. This doesn’t mean you should take any old risk. You need to balance risk with reward. Get into the habit of taking calculated risks so you can get where you need to be.
6. Be Yourself
Never try to act like someone else, even if you believe that person is better than you. You can’t impersonate someone else without it showing through. The fact of the matter is you got to where you were today by being yourself, so why would you change just because you’ve reached a different plateau in your professional life?
7. Juggle Don’t Balance
Do what you have to do because you have to. Don’t try to balance personal and professional because it isn’t going to work. You need to juggle your various responsibilities. If you need to spend some extra time on work, do it. Likewise, if you have some extra time off, take it.
8. Appreciate Hard Work
Endear yourself to your colleagues by giving thanks. Show them that you appreciate their hard work and you’ll have a solid show of support to work with as you advance up the career ladder.
9. Take Decisions When You Have To
Too many career-minded individuals put themselves in a position where they commit themselves to big decisions before they actually have to. Commit yourself too early and you reduce your ability to change your mind and be more flexible later on if the situation changes.
10. Understand Power
Change your mind-set when it comes to power. Power is not designed to control others as part of a grand corporate dictatorship. It’s supposed to impact people in a positive way. The more power you have the better you can impact others. Use it well and show you can use it responsible if you want to get on in life.