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There are certain things successful people have in common. They stick to certain principles, mix in discipline and consistency and ultimately find themselves exactly where they want to be. It’s never a surprise that they have reached a level of success because every day they are aware of the hard work and focus that precipitated their meteoric rise to the top.
Let these tips become the principles with which you mix discipline and consistency. Be sure and wave to the “little people” as you go by.
Take Initiative. Be more involved in any difficulty your colleague or boss encounters. Let them know you are willing to take on extra (yet reasonable) work in order to help. Keep in mind that a leader is someone eager to go above and beyond his or her domain and help others when they need it. Stand out by showing that you not only work for the company but that you belong with the company. Taking initiative shows you are there to work in the company’s best interest.
Always be prepared. Are there training modules or a presentation you need to have ready for staff meetings? You want to be sure that any presentations or materials you create indicate the time and energy you put into it. A good presentation helps you stay focused on your agenda and shows your boss that you’re serious, not to mention knowledgeable, about the information.
Be responsible. Your boss is looking for responsible employees. Take care of not just the responsibilities assigned to you, but also those that you take on yourself. If you find yourself struggling with a certain task, be the person who stands up and admits the issue. More important than a synthetically perfect employee is one willing to bear the consequences of shouldering his or her responsibilities.
It is a long-held belief that persistence is a key factor in making any dream a reality. And the basis of persistence is willpower.
Many people are ready to throw their dreams in the garbage at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. Being able to carry on despite opposition, from even your nearest and dearest, is what usually separates the 95 percent from the 5 percent.
The first question is: How much do you want it, really? Weak desire will naturally bring about weak results. Once you’re sure you’ve set your sights on what you truly want, you’re next step will be snapping out of mental inertia. Start by moving slowly, setting small goals that are easily achievable. Then increase your speed and the size of your goals until you’ve gained complete control over a habit of persistence.
Remember, no matter how many times you are knocked down, what counts is finally arriving at the goal or dream you’d set out to attain in the first place. Once there, no one asks how many times you fell. Instead the only words are, “Congratulations, you made it!”
Not Just For The Holidays: National Retail Federation Clip Tells The Story Of A Career Retail Worker
Most people, when they think of working in retail, imagine a part-time job for college students looking to make some money for books, or temporary work around the holidays; something to do for a few weeks to make some extra money and get a discount on gifts.
But there are some people who make a career out of working in retail. That’s the focus of the National Retail Federation’s latest campaign “This is Retail.” On the campaign website, the group (the largest retail trade group in the world) wants to show the depth and breadth of professional opportunity across the retail industry. There are 42 million workers in retail, the NRF says, and not all of those people are “behind a cash register.”
So here we have the story of Claudine McKenzie, who says she started at Walmart when she was three months pregnant with her first child. After 17 years of winding her way through a number of stores and up the chain of command, she’s a store manager working towards a Master’s degree. Besides offering a glimpse at what’s possible in retail, the clip also acts as a bit of a love letter to Walmart — she refers a couple of times to the “support” she got from the retailer during both her pregnancies — who usually figures much more negatively when the talk turns to how they treat their employees.
Have you ever considered a career in retail? Does this clip make you think of retail differently?
You have been an administrative assistant or entry-level employee for a few years and now you’re ready to progress in your career. You have the drive, the enthusiasm and the motivation, but do you have the criteria needed to advance to a mid-level position?
Here are a few factors to determine whether you are ready to take the next step up the corporate ladder to a mid-level career.
When you’re growing your career and power-climbing up the corporate ladder there is no guarantee of how far you’ll get or how fast you’ll get there. But there are a few things that are guaranteed to topple you right off your corporate tower. Here are a few tips on what not to do if you’re aiming to succeed:
Don’t Get Distracted – Even when inundated with papers in your inbox, it’s important to maintain the power of focus. Trying to get everything done at once, or taking on too much in an effort to impress the higher ups will only backfire. You are better off prioritizing the things that need to be done and tackling the three most important things, ensuring that you give each the proper focus throughout the day. And on a bigger scale, keep your eyes on the prize. Each day is one more opportunity to move up a rung.
Don’t Forget the Humans – Yes it’s a “ladder,” but while climbing never forget that you may need the occasional boost to reach the next rung. Being so determined to reach the top that you start believing you don’t need any help from anyone is exactly the sort of thinking that will keep you from your goals. Remember, the adage “No man is an island unto himself” is popular for a reason.
Don’t Rest on Your Laurels- As you begin to see growth in your career you may be tempted to sit back and relax. Avoid the temptation! Be sure to not settle for “good enough.” Instead strive for excellence in attaining your goals. Keep learning and staying on top of trends within and around your industry in order to be sure you never get left behind.
Time and time again, we hear about the importance of attending college in order to land a nice-paying job in hopes of living the good life. While it’s true that having a degree (especially an advanced one) can and will open many doors of opportunities, we also have to consider those who make the choice not to attend a college or university.
Maybe finances are too tight to pay out of pocket for higher education? Or maybe the college thing just isn’t for you? There are still many options a person can take who does not graduate with a college degree. We have already heard about jobs that pay a nice salary to those with a two-year degree. Now it’s time to look at some that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Think you’re being a leader in your career and making the decisions that are moving you steadily toward your goals? Here are a few signs that your career trajectory may need some tweaking:
Micromanagement- If you find yourself overly — and anxiously — revising or overseeing every detail of every project (whether a solo project or one with a team) then this may be a sign that you lack confidence in you leadership ability and the abilities of those who are working to complete the project with you.
Playing it safe- Beware of being too cautious and settling for work that has lower payoffs but less likelihood of failure. To get major rewards and recognition by the higher-ups you will, at times, have to take on the riskier tasks. Just be sure and knock it out the park!
Use a lifeline- If you find yourself hiding in your office because you don’t know what you’re doing and are too afraid to let others know it then you are holding yourself and your career back. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Negotiations- Be sure that you aren’t giving up important aspects of your career goals and not gaining anything as a reward. Pretty soon you’ll look up and discover you’ve negotiated your way right out of the game.
Teamwork- When working in a team remember to appreciate being surrounded by those you feel are more capable than you in certain areas. Avoid getting caught in the trap of hating someone brilliant because you don’t want them making you look bad. Keep in mind that the things you learn from them ultimately make you stronger and more efficient in your career in the long run.
We all want to remain motivated as we work toward a promising and progressive career. Creating a mission statement for your business life is an important part of creating passion and meaning for your future. A mission statement is an excellent tool to help you remember not only what you have to offer, but also why you are determined to offer it.
When creating your mission statement stay away from lofty or vague words that obscure the simple significance of what you are trying to say. What are the ultimate goals for your career? Where do you see yourself one, two, and five years from now? These questions are meant to help guide and prompt a vision for your work trajectory. Having a clear understanding of who you are and where you are looking to go in the future will help in keeping your eye on the big picture when the minutiae of the day-to-day 9-to-5 gets in the way.
You probably have one of those friends. The one who seems to know everyone, has the details on the latest industry news and is invited to apply for jobs you can’t find anywhere online. When you finally get the nerve to ask about the secret in her sauce she has a simple answer. Her mentor.
If you’ve been scouring your business card app trying to find your own but aren’t really sure what you’re doing, that’s OK. Follow these simple steps to finding and building a wonderful mentor-mentee relationship.
Finding the one
Finding a mentor is not aerospace engineering. They’re discovered in different ways. Sometimes you find them, other times they find you. If you’re in the market, the best (and simplest) path is asking for help. It’s not cheating for your cousin’s wife’s little brother hooks you up with a high-ranking official in your field. That’s using your connections, and your future mentor will probably be impressed.
Also, look into mentorship matchmaking through any organizations you’ve joined. Most will have one, or at least the resources to put you in contact with someone. And like going to your college’s career offices to find a successful alumni mentor, it’ll give you two an instant connection.
Making the first move
Unless your mentor reaches out to you for being an impressive emerging whatever, you’re going to be the cat chasing the mouse. Don’t be shy — ask her out. Offer to take your potential professional big sister (or brother) to coffee or grab an after-work meal. After long-distance inspiration? No worries, just pick up the phone or send a compelling but brief email, LinkedIn message or DM.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back right away. You found her amazing, so chances are someone else does too. You might find yourself reaching out two or three times before you’re able to really connect.
From crush to lifemate
There are all types of different mentor relationships. Some are like best friends, others just want to check in and keep you on the path to success. The terms will reveal themselves naturally and can be molded like any other friendship. You’ll probably have to put in more effort, especially at the beginning. But one of the most important things is to make the mentorship symbiotic. Don’t only call when you need advice or a reference. Send holiday cards, words of encouragement and just-because emails. Make it worth her while to keep up with you. If she likes you as a person and feels respected, she’ll be more likely to keep you in in mind.
I’m just not that into you
Unfortunately, just like old boyfriends, you and your mentor won’t always work out. Sometimes there’s no way you can make it work, or you’ve just out-grown the advice available. It’s not taboo to pare down the relationship and start over with someone new. Don’t alienate her, just be honest and make it clear why this is the best decision for you. Unless something catastrophic has happened, you can still be cordial. In some cases, you outgrow each other and the relationship will naturally morph into a friendship based on a mutual respect cultivated over the course of the years you’ve spent together.
Looking for a great place to work? Business Insider lists the 15 most desirable companies in the world to work for, ranging from the tech giant Apple to the popular pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. At the top of the list is Google, which reigns as the most desirable company to work for in the world today. With over 71,000 people based all around the world, Google is changing the way we see the workplace.
Following Google’s footsteps on the list are Procter & Gamble and Unilever, both consumer goods companies that make various products, from personal items to ice cream. Chances are, you’ve got products made by these two companies somewhere at home.