I bet you must be thinking – ‘not another career advice post’. But this one is different, it’s not about how to make more money or how to turn your dream in to reality, it’s about what actually works to enable success. We all play buy our own rules when it comes to our careers and here are 10 unbreakable ones…..
1 – Work hard, but make sure you break often
Taking breaks often will clear your mind and give you more energy to carry on the day. When I use to sit for hours and hours without breaking, I start to feel lethargic and uninspired. Clearing the head in a relaxed environment is very important for productivity.
2 – Never get comfortable
Being comfortable is good feeling, but not necessarily the best when it comes to a job. Of course, once you’re comfortable, it starts to become easier, but at any point, it can change and you will have to adapt to the change. Sometimes, the best ideas will make you uncomfortable, but those are the ones you need to embrace and play with because ultimately, you will continue to grow in your position.
3 – Stay true to yourself, but also be open
No matter where your work goes or how big the company you work for becomes, you know your worth and you must always stay true to yourself. You know what works for you as a boss or as an employee and a lot of your values will promote that. However, you wouldn’t want everything to be fixed and stagnant so that no new ideas can be thought of, there needs to be the ability to improve in all circumstances.
4 – Earn your treats
Late last year, it finally hit me that I need to cut down dramatically on my spending and so called ‘treating myself’ because I end up wasting money on stuff I really didn’t need or want. I must admit, a lot of self-control and self-discipline is needed, but after few months, I got use to it and learnt heavily that if I wanted something, I needed to earn it. Buying something you have saved up for definitely feels so much better than just randomly splashing the cash.
5 – Trust your gut feeling
This is something they don’t teach you at school, but you always have a gut feeling for everything therefore you have to trust it. If you have a feeling that something isn’t right, you have an intuition and you have to listen to it.
6 – Always back yourself up
The truth is – everyone is out for themselves and in most circumstances, it is very hard to trust someone in a professional environment. As much as I am friendly with the people I work with, there was only one person I ever trusted at the company I work at and now that they’ve left, there is nobody else. What I would recommend to anyone is to make sure you get stuff in writing if it is anything related to your position, pay, contract, hours change – everything, because this is what will back you up in the future.
7 – Experience is key
This is one rule that is close to my heart and something that I will always champion. In a career, experience is what makes you outstanding amongst others, the experience you have is valuable and people respect that. To gain that knowledge, yes, you will have to put in the hours and most likely work for free
8 – Education doesn’t matter
Carrying on from the point above and I also recently published a blog post on reasons why a uni degree doesn’t matter – education really isn’t the be all and end all of situations in a career sense. I believe that experience is just as important and in this day and age, if families can’t afford to send their children to university and prefer to push them in to the working world, then so be it. I went to university and I don’t even work in the industry that I studied. Instead, I took a leap of faith and gained experience elsewhere and now I am working in a position that I really enjoy for a good company.
9 – Success takes time
Because quite frankly, it doesn’t happen overnight and patience is key. There will be days where you feel deflated if things aren’t going to plan or as fast as you want it to, but take a step back and breathe. I do agree that when you’re in the flow, you will feel like the master of it all, but sometimes, it’s okay to slow down a bit and realise that some things, do take time.
10 – Practice what you preach and lead by example
If you want to be respected, then it is a no brainer that you practice what you preach. Leading by example eliminates resentment and trust me, there is normally a lot in a workplace especially if you’re a manager and your staff see that they are pulling more weight than you are. Always lead by example and model exactly how you want to be seen. The last thing you’d want is to lose the respect from those who work with and around you.
What are your career rules? Something that you believe in and live by when it comes to work.