9 Secrets to Career Success: Take Personal Responsibility for Your Own Growth

Part of the 9 secrets to career success is the need to be self-aware. Of course, that is not enough. To attain career success, you will also need to take personal responsibility for your own growth. And equally important, to back it up with purposeful effort.

1. Grow Yourself and Purposeful Effort
Define Your Work Ethics
Develop a set of work ethics that will guide you in your work early on in your career. For me, I like pride, passion and belief that are balanced with skills and knowledge, direction and action.

Put pride in your work because everything you do has your name on it. Passion keeps you going when your going gets tough and when you want to give up. Belief because you need to know you can achieve your goals regardless of how small they are.

You need skills and knowledge because you need to balance pride. Without skills and knowledge, and pride alone - one becomes arrogant. Direction is needed to balance passion because passion without direction is wasted energy. Lastly, belief must be balanced by action. Belief without action is just a fantasy.

2. Take Personal Responsibility For Your Own Growth
Many people often complain that they do not learn much from their bosses or that the company does not send them for enough training. Of course, there are companies that provide good personal and professional development. Sometimes, you may not be as lucky. Whatever the case maybe, take personal responsibility for your own personal and professional growth. You cannot blame anyone for not developing as fast or as best you can.

To learn the 9 secrets to career success, you need to learn to improve what you do well. Then you need to learn to lessen your key weaknesses. When you extend the breadth and depth of your skill set, and craft yourself a career plan, you are on the way to success.

3. Develop A Habit For Effortful Study
Effortful study means you put action behind your words and you pursue your plans with consistency. No goals are ever achieved in this world without effort. Effortful study is being deliberate with your actions. You know what you need to work on, in order to strengthen your skills. And you are not afraid to work hard for it.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are not enough. You need to put consistent effort to ensure that they continue to strengthen and your weaknesses continue to diminish. Understand your role and your work. When you have thorough understanding of your role and work, you can then become purposeful in your effort. It takes self-discipline and sacrifice in order to be good at what you do. You will need to focus your effort on the key areas. That way the 9 secrets to career success start to work for you.

Your journey to career success will take self-awareness and hard work. When you know what you want coupled with effort, your battle is already half won.

This is part 2 of a 3 part article series to 9 Secrets to Career Success.

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