There is a school of thought that says as if you do your job and play nice, your value will be seen and rising in rank inevitable. “Sit still and look pretty.” You will get that promotion and raise. Until recently, I thought this too. I am so thankful for all I have learned in my new career these last 3 years, but also disappointed I didn’t know the basics earlier.
Sitting quietly will only take you so far.
Do you think the greats of this world sat in their cubicle never voicing their opinions?
Everyone wants to shine, and you are the only person responsible for shining your light. It is not bragging, it is showing what you are capable of. If you think others are singing your praises nonstop, you are leaving your fate in the hands of others.
Don’t worry about hearing “no.”
Think you have an idea that might be good for the business? Share it. Don’t be worried about hearing “no.” Studies have shown that presenting your ideas far outweighs staying quiet. It shows your creativity, initiative, and that you are proactive. If your idea is turned down, you can’t take it personally. Set your feelings aside. It’s just business. And do not stop presenting ideas! Keep bring them to the table.
Network. Network. Network.
Trying to decide whether to go home and lounge on the couch or that networking event? Little tip, you are missing a lot of insight and knowledge that can’t be learned from a book or webinar. You don’t have to go out every night after work, but you should attend at least 2 a month. And don’t forget your business cards.
Ask advice and seek feedback.
Once again, there are some things you can’t learn from books.
Ask advice from those who have more experienced than you. Their life lessons are invaluable. Their wisdom is priceless.
And always be open to feedback. Seek it. Sometimes you cannot see your blind spots. Being open to receiving constructive criticism is largely beneficial for your personal and professional growth. It might be hard to hear but take it as a compliment that someone only wants to help you improve.
Sit up straight. Stand tall.
There is much to be said in correct posture. Don’t slouch.
Ladies, don’t sit idly by hoping for the best. Make it happen, but also remember, you are a professional, act like one.
Do you have a success story? Share with me at TheClarks.Consulting@gmail.com