Talane’s Top 10 Tips to Fast Track Your Career
Providing career advice and development is one way that we help our clients succeed. Feel free to use this career advice to expand your career options and get on the right career path.
My top 10 pieces of career advice:
1. Identify Your Natural Strengths.
Our real abilities are so much a part of us that we often take them for granted and don’t even consider them to be strengths. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to help you identify your strengths, as they may see something you don’t. Writing down these answers is a simple way to start getting on the best career path.
2. Strengthen Your Strengths.
Many think that we have to do it all and be good at everything. However, this is not so. Do we care if Michael Jordan can balance his check book? After you’ve identified your strengths, stop trying to improve your weaknesses, as that will only make you mediocre. Next, focus instead on developing those strengths and delegating your weaknesses.
3. Find Your Passion and Values.
The key to doing fulfilling work is to find a career that is in alignment with your core values and passions. And not just moral values, but something you love to do that really excites and interests you. The most rewarding careers allow and even require that you express your deepest values. Do you value adventure, beauty, peace, being a catalyst, leading and inspiring, organizing, motivating, or teaching? Make sure you can express your core values in your work and you’ll be happy and fulfilled. (If you are not sure what your passions and values are click here to learn more.)
4. Become a Master.
Mastery at anything is very attractive and reaps the biggest rewards. Whether you are a consummate pianist, a brilliant writer, an excellent manager or a fabulous salesperson, to get really good at your career you need about 10,000 hours of practice, in addition to your natural talent. This separates the good from the great. While natural talent may be there, without developing it, you may only go so far at work. You can identify your innate, hard-wired talents with an objective career test online. Learn more by clicking here.
5. Work on a Special Project.
One way to discover your natural talent is to volunteer or work on a project that really lights you up and makes you feel alive. You might do this at work or, if there is no possibility there, do something at home or in your community. As you work on a project that really inspires you, you may discover the career you love.
6. Let Your Intuition Lead the Way.
One way to find your dream career is to follow your intuition. Intuition may not be logical or sensible, but if your heart and body wants to go in one direction and your mind in another, try following your heart, for a change, and see what happens.
7. Under-promise and Over-deliver.
To under-promise is to give yourself twice the amount of time you think you will need to get something done. To over-deliver is to complete the project ahead of time and turn it in early. Much more impressive and much easier to do if you under-promise first! Our natural tendency is to try to impress and over-promise. Stop! So, under-promise, then over-deliver and you will impress your boss.
8. Stop the Gossip.
Can’t resist passing on a juicy tidbit? Beware. On the one hand, your friends and colleagues may love to hear the latest dirt on someone. But on the other hand, they will secretly wonder what you say about them when they aren’t present. No one really trusts a gossip. If you want to get ahead, do not say anything negative about anyone, ever.
9. Turn Complaints into Requests.
No one is attractive when complaining. The solution is to turn your complaint into a request. That is to say, stop complaining and make bold requests to the person who can do something about it. “It’s too cold in here” would become “Would you please turn on the heater?” Much more attractive.
10. Convert Compliments into Acknowledgments.
A simple piece of career advice, and highly effective way to attract career success, is to convert your compliments into acknowledgments. People get compliments such as, “Oh, what a lovely cardigan” and “You look nice today” fairly often. Don’t get me wrong, compliments are great. More important are acknowledgments. While an acknowledgment is about who the person is, a compliment is about what a person has or does. For instance, you could say, “Great tie” (about the thing) or you could say, “You have a terrific sense of style” (about who that person is).
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This Top 10 list has been adapted from the international bestseller, Coach Yourself to Success: 101 Tips for Reaching Your Goals at Work and in Life (McGraw-Hill, 2014) by Talane Miedaner, founder of LifeCoach.com.