Everyone thinks about how to succeed in their career from day one of their jobs. The junior wants to be senior, the senior wants to be a manager and the manager wants to be at the higher management post, and so on. Does everyone get success in their life? If not, then why?
What is Success?
The definition of success is different for everyone. For one person, it would be related to finance and for others, it would be peace of mind. A common thing for each is “Success is achieving something you aim for”. Either you want to be financially strong, want to reach a particular position in your career or you want the freedom to spend time as you want.
Whatever your goal is, you would be successful if we achieve it. But is that so easy?
What should you do to succeed?
Everyone is thinking about being successful but very few do what they need to do to be successful. Most of us think that hard work and keep doing our job will bring success. But it’s not true, most of us do our job very well, but didn’t achieve what we want or what we dreaming of.
So how do we get success? What we need to do to get step-up in our career?
Everyone can get success with proper planning, hard work, and the right mindset. We need to work on the path of success since day one and need to keep the consistency in our efforts.
Following are some tips that can help you succeed in your career:
1. Choose the right career:
The first step toward success is choosing the right career. There is a saying “choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”. Find out what career is the best fit for your personality and your skills, what is that you enjoy doing.
For that you need to do a deep self-analysis, finding all the best matching career paths and then choose the best one among them.
Never make any decision under the impression of others and don’t choose a career just because it’ll pay well and someone else is doing very well in it.
Keep the following factors in mind while making a choice:
- Your Education
- Your skills
- What you passionate about
- Any dream career
- Your Location
- Kind of lifestyle you want to live
2. Make learning a habit:
Learning is a habit that helps you stay updated with the latest trends. Change is the only thing that is constant today and to grow, you need to keep up with the changes. Always keep an eye on the latest trends in your field, find what skills would be good for your career, and learn them.
Online learning is today solves lots of problems, you don’t have to go to college or any institute to learn any specific skills. Always make a plan for what you want to learn, the time frame, and then follow that plan.
Learning new skills always opens new opportunities. If you make learning a habit and keep learning new skills, then nobody can hold you back.
3. Master soft skills:
We call them people skills too. Core skills or hard skills help you in doing your work but soft skills will help you in doing that work efficiently. Soft skills will help you in managing your work and resources, coordinating with other team members, prioritizing your work etc. Soft skills boost your self-confidence.
Some common soft skills that every one must have for succees are:
- Communication skills
- Time Management
- Team Work
- Critical Thinking
- Decision Making
- Analytical skills
- Problem-solving skills
4. Take initiative:
Taking initiative means you took the opportunities those others pass by. It is taking advantage of opportunities when they arise instead of waiting for them to come to you. This can be in the form of taking some extra work to complete, fulfilling others’ roles in their absence for the interest of the organization, helping others etc.
Employers looking for such employees and when you show that initiative, you make yourself more valuable to the organization.
5. Never be in a comfort zone:
Never live in a comfort zone. We can say that the comfort zone is the enemy of your growth. Your path to success begins when you step out of your comfort zone. The comfort zone will break your confidence and you never be able to work on anything challenging.
Whenever you found, a comfort zone is taking shape around you, break it, ask for something challenging.
6. Learn from mistakes:
Last but not least, we all made some mistakes in our careers, but we all didn’t learn from them. The one who learned, get succeed. So, learning from mistakes is the best thing that anyone can do. As said by Henry Ford – “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”