Career advancement is a tricky subject, but something every career-driven professional will be focused on throughout their career.
How do wildly successful people rise to fame and fortune in their respective industries? What qualities or habits do they possess that allowed them to accomplish such feats in a short period of time?
This article will be discussing the answers to these important questions.
Working in an industry or under a job position that you don’t like for the sake of higher salary, job stability or better employee benefits is the wrong way to advance your career.
Remember, you only have one life thus you must pursue a career that genuinely interests you. If you do not enjoy or live for what you truly want to accomplish, you’ll never be able to advance to the top of your career ladder since there will always be internal resistance pulling you back.
Take Gary Vaynerchuk’s, CEO of Vayner Media, advice: “You just need to be practical and self-aware. Because 30, 40, 60 years from now, you’re not going to regret the few extra bucks you could have made. You’re going to regret not focusing your time and energy around the things that could have made you happy.”
To quote Alfred Montapert, a famous author, “Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” You cannot accelerate your career advancement if you don’t know what it is in the first place.
Determine what industry and what job title you want to earn and work hard for. Don’t just chase whatever the latest career fad is or whichever pays most.
This is an important life decision that will affect you for the remainder of your existence. Imagine yourself working for a company for the next 10 to 20 years. Will your future self be happy and content?
Short-term goals will get you there, but always have a long-term perspective of what you want to accomplish. Advancing your career for the sake of a pay raise or for the added glory of a job title are temporary pleasures in life and are bound to wear off as your ecstasy.
Work towards something more important than worldly possessions. Whether it’s to fund a remote village in a third-world country or to spark innovation in an important industry, always have a long-term goal.
As the successful billionaire, Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players in history, said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
You, and only you, are in charge of your ship. If you live life everyday full of negative thoughts and material pursuits, then you’re steering your ship to the wrong direction.
Don’t wait for your company to notice your efforts and value.
Instead, charter your own career route, network outside the company, take classes and workshops, apply to positions that are light-years away from your skill level and experience.
In any business or office setting, there tends to be inefficiencies and flaws in the system, which cuts down productivity and growth and can drive your customers crazy.
So, what practices exist in your office that should have been long gone?
It can be pretty scary to go against the grain, but as Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Before changing these practices, make sure to propose it to your management beforehand.
Moving forward can feel pretty slow at times, but you must remember to never stop going.
This is what famous Chinese philosopher Confucius advises people. In his own words, “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” Make it a habit to build on your dreams every single day, whether it’s through networking, picking up new knowledge or honing your existing skill set.
Don’t settle for a 9 to 5 mindset or a 40-hour work week schedule. Work extra hours per day, not stopping until you’ve actually achieved the milestones you’ve set out to achieve.
It sounds like a broken record, repeated endlessly by so many successful people.
You should never fear failure when trying to advance your career, even more so if you want to do it more rapidly.
To quote Oprah Winfrey, “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” If you fail, keep moving as the previous tip suggests. Do not fear failure, but rather fear not trying at all. Of course, it’s natural to fear failure, but successful people who’ve been there suggest doing it anyways.
One of the most revered geniuses of this century, Albert Einstein, said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” That last bit of the quote implies keeping yourself curious about the world and what it has to offer.
Use your past experience to achieve things for your present life and to direct your future self. If you repeat this kind of routine every day, you’ll have a faster time advancing in whichever career ladder you choose to pursue.
Rapid career advancement should always be interspersed with moments of enjoyment otherwise the risk of burnout is high. Taking care of yourself is as equally important as any of these eight tips aforementioned.
Mike is a passionate freelance writer. He writes about a number of subjects but really enjoys writing about jobs and the future of employment.