10 career lessons that most people learn too late
Popular author of several best-selling books, management consulting specialist Bernard Marr shares 10 important lessons to learn before your career reaches its natural conclusion.
Life is really too short
Especially to waste it on a job you hate, on a boss who doesn’t even notice you, and on a company that doesn’t have a soul.
Many people convince themselves that they should tolerate their unloved job, even if it makes them completely unhappy, just because they need to get paid, or because they don’t know if they can find another job, or simply because they are afraid to change anything in their lives.
However, the bitter truth is that none of us know how long they will be walking on this planet, and we spend too much time on things that we categorically do not like, and this only increases the frustration and regret in the future.
If you are in a similar situation, take a step-no matter how big — just a step to fix the situation. Don’t wait too long.
Social networks have value
This is not about Facebook or Twitter. We are talking about the role of networking in our career and life. You may think that corporate events, trainings and presentations are a waste of time, as well as conversations with colleagues at the office water cooler. You can consider yourself an introvert, and even be one, it doesn’t matter. But one study after another confirms that social interactions are the Foundation of career success.
Fact: the most successful people tend to have extensive connections both inside and outside of their business.
So the more effort you put into building useful contacts and relationships with people, the more likely you will be lucky.
Success is not worth your health
There is no special prowess in sacrificing your health for money and a career. While you are working hard, feeling like a hero, established business people spend time and effort to find a healthy balance between work and normal life, deal with professional burnout and solve serious health problems caused by constant stress and overwork.
But in General, it is much easier to stay healthy than to try to solve problems and cure diseases in some conditionally prosperous future, which, by the way, may not come. And even if it does, health still can’t be compensated with money and success.
So do not take your health for granted, take steps to relieve work stress, which can turn into an illness.
The best moments of your life don’t happen in your smartphone
In today’s high-tech world, we are tempted to let small smart devices dictate how we should live.
But just think about the fact that you will never improve your life and move up the career ladder just because you will constantly check your email or view the feed in the social network.
So don’t forget to disconnect and log out of the Network in real life.
Never stop learning
The pace of development of modern technologies and all that is associated with them, eloquently indicates that, having folded your hands and decided for yourself that you already know enough to continue studying, you risk being among a large army of stragglers in less than a year. Even if your profession is not directly related to the IT sphere.
The idiom that an old dog can’t be taught new tricks only works in a circus (and that’s not a fact), and you will never regret spending time, effort, and money learning something new. It is not so important whether this knowledge will be in demand at your job or not — the process of continuous training does not allow you to get stupid.
Diversification always goes hand in hand with learning. If you try hard to do only what you know, or what you do best, you will quickly find that you can’t do anything else.
We have to be quick and interested in a lot of different things: the salesperson must be interested in marketing, product management, and have some idea of SMM, as well as Vice versa. Otherwise, over time, you run the risk of being out of business. Just think of the “bombshells” that Uber has actually supplanted, and the customer service managers who are methodically “classed” as a thing of the past thanks to chatbots.
You can move fast enough alone, but you can move even faster with someone else
In other words, a dream job is always the result of teamwork. Many people claim that they don’t like working in a team. And this is for nothing. Because the ability to work well in a team is vital if you decide to achieve something seriously in your work.
The idea of a single author is a myth. Every big idea and every brilliant loner still needs a team. Otherwise, the idea will not be heard, implemented and demanded.
Excitement doesn’t help you achieve your goals
The antidote to fear and anxiety is decisive action. If you waste time worrying about what others will think of you and whether your idea is good enough to be heard, you will not achieve your goals.
However, if you overcome your fear and anxiety and start acting, you will almost certainly find that there were no special reasons to worry.
Failure is not the end
If you give up every time you fail, you will never learn anything.
But if, instead of hanging up your nose, you see failure as an opportunity and a great reason to start something new, then in this case, even purely statistically, you will succeed in something else with a much greater probability.
Happiness is not a destination, but the journey itself
So many people put off the very possibility of feeling happy. They think something like this: “I will be happy when I get this job, when I lose weight, when I start a relationship, or finally when I get divorced…” – and so on indefinitely.
Actually, being happy is a matter of habit and choice. And the situation often doesn’t matter. But if you can relate to “happiness” in this way, you will become more successful.