5 Habits of Successful Professionals
When it comes to getting ahead, the keys to success are often found in the details. Whether you're in the midst of a job search or currently climbing the ladder, it's crucial to maintain certain habits that will foster professional growth.
1. Know Your Strengths... and Weaknesses
Whatever your strengths, go beyond merely talking them up in the interview process. If you love giving presentations, for instance, offer to do them whenever an opportunity arises. If no such opportunities occur, speak with your employer about this underutilized skill set, or seek out classes on public speaking. You'll only get better with experience, and you'll develop an impressive resume. Don't fear weak areas, either. Instead, welcome them as a launching pad for personal development. Learn the difference, however, between a challenge that can produce personal growth and a project that just isn't an appropriate fit, as this will help you focus on the right priorities.
2. Find Your Motivation
One of the most untapped resources for professional (and personal) success lies within each person's motivation style. What inspires you to achieve a goal? For some people, it's encouragement. For others, simply understanding how your work helps the business goals can serve as excellent motivation. Sometimes being told that you can't do something is all you need to prove everyone wrong. Whatever your style, identify it and use it to your advantage.
3. Practice Self-care
Getting ahead isn't easy, and the path to success is not just paved with ambition. Stress is simply a part of life. For your own sanity, make sure to tend to what makes you happy, and reward yourself for your accomplishments. Carve out time for what you love, and put it down on your calendar. Force yourself to commit to your own happiness just as you would a work obligation.
4. Get Organized
A cluttered work space is a surefire path to cluttered work. Take the proper steps to keep yourself — and your desk — neat and tidy, even if that means taking extra time at the end of the day to tie up loose ends. One of the most efficient ways to ensure that you stay organized is to come up with a system that works for you. How do you like to have things arranged? What time of day is best for you to organize your files? Develop an individualized system for best results.
5. Work Hard
Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work." Any goal worth setting is bound to require some hard work and dedication; never be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get down to it.