Secrets for Career Success
Catchy title … right? Only the biggest secret is that there IS no secret 🙂 It is a lot of hard work, common sense, consistency and perseverance. Don’t count on or blame luck – the so called lucky people made their own luck. They didn’t just happen to be at the ‘right place’ at the ‘right time’, behind the scenes, they have worked very hard to be right there.
Take for instance the mission statements of any successful company, they clearly and briefly outline what it is that the company aspire to. You may be tirelessly working for just such a company but ask yourself, are you working just as hard on your own career? Do you know your own mission statement? If you don’t have one, maybe it is time to sit down and write one.
When people talk about wanting to have successful careers but do not really know what ‘success’ means to them, it reminds me of the conversation Alice had with the Cheshire cat in the “Adventures of Alice in Wonderland”.
“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’, responded the Cheshire cat.
‘I don’t know.’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
Now, if you have understood what that conversation meant to convey, then make the time to sit down, concentrate, write & re-write, your own mission statement. It could be for your career, your family, your life in general – the important thing is if you have the burning desire to change things for better in any sphere of your life, then sit down and figure out what you mean by ‘better’ and be specific.
- Do you want a particular position? What makes you want that particular position- money, prestige, passion?
- Do you want to make more money? How much more money? Put the amount down in “x” along with a timeline of by when you want to be making that money.
- Do you measure success by material comforts? a house or apartment? a car? certain gadgets? make a list… I call this the ‘wish’ list of things I want to own and by when.
- Clearly state a date, year or age, by when you want to be where you want to go or have what you want to own.
- Now, you need to understand what are you willing to sacrifice to get where you want to go. This is the opportunity cost that you will incur on the way. Where you want to go may require additional trainings or you might have to go back to university, change companies, work longer hours, travel more, spend less time on social life and more on networking events, etc. Once again, be specific.
- If you have reached this step – congratulations! It means that you have managed to clearly state where it is that you want to get to, by when and how. Now take a look at your plan, date it, sign it and refer back to it at least once every 3 months.
You have managed to lay down the first brick of the foundation to build a succesful career!