If you have just accepted a new job offer or you have not been promoted for a while, here are 5 top career tips you should consider.
1. Hard work can beat talent
There is no shortcut to a good career progression. You need to work hard, make yourself invaluable and function at a higher level; the benefits and higher income will follow. It is hard work first then success next.
As Collin Power said “success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”
Okay, I am not saying you should forget about work life balance because your wealth start with your health.
2. Integrity is the start of your career
Honesty & truthfulness cannot be over emphasized in any organization. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not someone is watching. Even if you left the job, only your integrity and knowledge will stay with you.
Warren Buffet, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said it best:, “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.”
3. Learn and you will grow
Learning is the single greatest source of competitive differentiation in the business world and the single most important ingredient to a successful career. Whether it is an intellectual pursuits, spiritual, technical, athletic or moral, we must resolve to learn for us to grow. You will agree with me that every profession changes their processes and methods as environment changes. For example after the 2008 financial crisis, new banking laws are written, new accounting standards are set, new risk management approaches are adapted, new performance reward systems are also encouraged etc. Yes, to be relevant, you must continue to learn the new things.
Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
4. Teamwork is the continuation
Perhaps the most important quality you can develop for long term success is that of being a good team player. There is little we can do as a single person. We need the coordinated effort of every unit from the front to back office of a firm. We should therefore play our role and support the others. As a back office and control officer, it is important we do not mix the teamwork spirit with organizational policy and controls.
5. Networking takes you to a higher level
Everything in life and business is relationships. Your ability to form the right relationships, with the right people, at every stage of your life and career, will be the critical determinant of your success and achievement. The network has a key impact on how quickly you achieve your goals. The more people you know, and who know you in a positive way, the more successful you could be at anything you attempt. One person, at the right time, in the right place, can open a door for you that can change your life and save you years of hard work.
Remember “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”. – Kevin Durant
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