Success at work isn’t only measured by a stellar salary and company pension. We spend so much time at work that staying positive and being happy should be a top priority. Below are eight tips that can lead you to a truly fulfilling career.
1. BE A POSITIVE FORCE!
Whiners are out. Positive thinkers are in. Employers want to hire people who are able to bring positivity and a can-do mentality to the workplace. Be a force for good. Be enthusiastic about your work, even if you think it’s beneath you. If you try to always be a positive force, you will always be valued by your boss and your team.
2. WORK HARD—HARDER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
Take pride in always giving 100 percent effort. You may not be the smartest, or the most creative, or the fastest, but you can work the hardest and give every day your all. Now, that’s not to say you give up having a life or spending time with your family; you only have one life and you must enjoy it! But if you want to be the best you can be at your job or career, you have to work hard.
3. INVEST YOUR HEART IN WHAT YOU DO.
This sounds simple, but you would be surprised how many people don’t care about their work. These are folks who don’t help you when you call customer service, or don’t look up and say thank you at the coffee shop, or come to meetings unprepared. When you actually care about what you do, you put your heart into it and get noticed by other talented people who care. When you make mistakes—and you will—your managers, employees, and coworkers will more likely stand by you because they know you really care about being great at your job.
4. TAKE CRITICISM AND FEEDBACK FOR WHAT IT IS.
Criticism and feedback is a gift given to you to make you better at what you do. Don’t concern yourself with the person or the method of delivery. Instead, glean out the teachable nuggets and move on.
5. DON’T LOSE FAITH IN PEOPLE.
During your career, people will let you down. There will come a time when you really helped a person and they will seem ungrateful or even backstab you. Please don’t let that make you doubt every new person you encounter in the workplace.
6. YOU MUST HAVE FUN.
If you are not having fun at your job, you have to find another one and then leave. You could also find another opportunity with the organization you work for—just don’t stay in the spot you’re in. It’s not worth sacrificing your overall happiness.
7. TRUST IN YOUR TEAM.
In the workplace, you are only as successful as the team you build or work alongside. No one can succeed on their own. Find a team that complements each other’s skills, including yours.
8. NEVER STOP LEARNING.
The only way to be successful is to stay on top of change. You must make it a daily habit to read about your industry, your specific job, and the job you aspire to in the future. This may mean going back to school (earning your master’s degree online could help make this more feasible). Don’t let yourself become outdated. Always be the one to offer up new ideas and new ways of doing things. It will make you great at what you do.