Paul Goetzinger MPA
The ones who are successful seem to have a simple formula. Which is they have found something they love to do so much, that even if they were not paid to do it, they would still do it anyway.
They are the first in the office every morning, and the last to leave in the evening.
They have a limitless amount of enthusiasm, for what they are doing in life. And that enthusiasm effects others in a positive way. Which makes their environment productive and industrious for everyone to be in.
1. Do the basics well.
This sounds boring and not particularly ground-breaking but its surprising how many people dont do this. You can really quickly standout for being reliable and dependable, by just doing the boring things well. Do what you say you will do, meet deadlines, ensure all of your reporting/admin/figures in the system are squeaky clean. Build trust with your peers, management and customers.
2. Be kind.
Again, simple but so important. Believe me, there will be times in your career where you may not see eye to eye with someone, or things dont go the way you would want. It's so important to retain perspective here. Everyone is doing their best and you never know what people are going through behind closed doors. Its a small corporate world and you never know when your paths will cross again - they may end up being a hiring manager for a role you want in the future or a customer of yours who owns the budget! There's a famous quote - people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel. Be fair. Be empathetic. Be kind.
3. Be enthusiastic.
As people have said above, find a passion. This can seem so difficult to find when you are younger but try not to think about it from a job perspective. If you had told me i would have been working in technology 10 years ago, I would have laughed and said 'no way!' However, my passions are helping people and problem solving and my role in technology fulfils that passion. Wherever you end up, ensure you have the best attitude towards your role. Having the right attitude can take you really far in life.
Good luck, you've got this!
Jerome Dees Jr.
Treat others well. You never know when a relationship or connection might benefit you (or potentially hurt you).
Have integrity always. Even when alone, work hard and act in a way you can be proud of.
Help others and give back to the community. You can keep learning while also helping others (win/win)
That said, from my experience, these are some general qualities that will help drive success.
1. Work with Integrity! Always work with the highest level of honesty, trust and be straightforward.
2. Be Reliable! Show up and deliver on your promises. Do the things that you say will do.
3. Be Curious! Understand what you do. Don't be afraid to dig in, question things, ask why! Learn every step of the way.
4. Be Adaptive! Things are always changing. Be ready for it, expect it, change is inevitable. Take change as an opportunity for something new.
5. Be Open-minded! Perspective means there are many ways to look at the same thing. Be willing to accept differing opinions, it is not always simple as wrong or right.
6. Network, Network! Build and continue building strong relationships at all levels. Surround yourself with good people, whom you can support in some way and that support you. Have mentors, be a mentee.
7. Create a Self-Brand! Make yourself known for the attributes that you want highlighted, whether your character, your skills or your talents. Spend time identifying what you want to be known for, emulate those things and introduce yourself at every chance with that!
Hope this helps!
You've already gathered some great information!
Choosing a career is a significant decision. It's crucial to find something you're truly passionate about. Understand your motivations and ensure your choice aligns with them. Never select a career solely based on others' expectations unless it genuinely excites you. Remember, you're the one who will be investing time and effort into acquiring the necessary skills or degree. And remember that a career can last decades. So, ask yourself, is this something you'd love to wake up to every day? If the answer is yes, always strive to do your best. Show up with a positive attitude, volunteer for projects, and actively engage with your team.
It's okay if the path you chose needs to be changed. You may be surprised on how that new direction is a better fit for you.
1. **Set Clear Goals**: Define your short-term and long-term career goals. Having a clear direction will help you stay focused and motivated.
2. **Continuous Learning**: Commit to lifelong learning. Stay updated with industry trends, take courses, attend workshops, and read relevant books and articles.
3. **Networking**: Build a strong professional network. Connect with colleagues, mentors, and industry peers. Networking can open up opportunities and provide valuable insights.
4. **Develop Soft Skills**: Skills like communication, problem-solving, adaptability, and teamwork are crucial in any career. Work on improving these skills alongside your technical expertise.
5. **Work Ethic**: Cultivate a strong work ethic. Be punctual, reliable, and dedicated to your tasks. Consistency and diligence are often key to success.
6. **Take Initiative**: Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Seek out new challenges, volunteer for projects, and be proactive in your career growth.
7. **Time Management**: Learn to manage your time effectively. Prioritize tasks, set deadlines, and avoid procrastination.
8. **Embrace Feedback**: Be open to feedback and use it as a tool for improvement. Constructive criticism can help you grow in your career.
9. **Emotional Intelligence**: Develop your emotional intelligence. Understanding and managing your own emotions, as well as those of others, can greatly enhance your effectiveness in the workplace.
10. **Work-Life Balance**: Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Burnout can hinder your long-term success, so make self-care a priority.
11. **Financial Literacy**: Understand basic financial principles. Budgeting, saving, and investing wisely can secure your financial future.
12. **Adapt to Change**: Be adaptable in the face of change. Industries evolve, and being flexible and open to new ideas is essential.
13. **Mentorship**: Seek out mentors or advisors who can provide guidance and share their experiences.
14. **Resilience**: Develop resilience to handle setbacks and challenges. Your ability to bounce back from adversity is a key determinant of success.
15. **Stay Inquisitive**: Cultivate curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Question assumptions, explore new ideas, and stay curious about your field.
Remember that success is a journey, and it may look different for each person. What's most important is that you find fulfillment in your chosen career path. Continuously assess your goals and make adjustments as needed. Your dedication, passion, and ongoing effort will greatly contribute to your success in the future.
Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer
Alongside the valuable advice already given, I would like to emphasize a few key elements for you to ponder:
1. Begin by determining what success means to you in the present moment. For some, it might be holding a high-ranking role in a company, while for others it could be leading a design project or authoring a book. The crux is to identify what truly signifies success for you, set specific objectives around it, and jot them down. This will guide you in taking deliberate actions towards achieving your goals.
2. Understand that your perception of success might evolve as you mature, and that's perfectly fine. Some people might view success as completing their education and securing a lucrative job early in life. This perspective might shift when they start a family, and their success parameters might revolve around maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As life progresses, their goals might again change, focusing on a comfortable retirement at a certain age. Each shift is natural and acceptable. You can attain both joy and success by acknowledging your need for change and incorporating it into your goals.
3. As others have suggested, concentrate on what matters to you. Be wary of striving for success as defined by your parents, grandparents, or friends, especially if their definition doesn't align with yours. I knew someone who picked her career based on her grandmother's wishes, but she wasn't content because it wasn't a suitable match for her. Attempting to fulfill others' expectations can sometimes lead to unhappiness and distress.
Best of luck.