Good Career Advice – Some Good Ones I Have Heard Across The Years

Last week, during a discussion, I was asked if I had some good career advice for someone who wanted to quit their job. These are some of the good career advice I have come across over the years that I found to be true myself.

These advices did not come from one person; in fact I have even forgotten who was it from. But these were told to me, some times I am not sure in jest or in seriousness. But I did some of these advice, which I know will serve you well.

So, if you do not buy into what they show in the movies, the books and the ads about the business world that to climb the corporate ladder

Eventually, you will be measured by what you can contribute to the company that is measurable and meaningful. You are to use your talent, energy and ideas to contribute. That’s what makes a difference in someone who enjoys his work and climbs up the corporate ladder.

1. Think Like The Business Owner
You want to impress your boss? The easiest way is to think like the business owner. Whenever things are not approved or does not work in a certain way in the company, there are usually good reasons for it. It’s just that you do not know them. Do not pass any judgment. Think like the business owner. If you are the business owner and the money is yours would you do this? Would you make that decision? When you think like the business owner, your loyalty remains with the company.

2. Get Up And Get Going
Wake up in the morning and get going. There is no need to laze or delay. Sure you are human and I am not talking about the hard discipline of being a soldier and be in line when the instructions are called out. Still, you need to know what gets you out of bed in the morning when it is difficult. That’s what motivates you. What motivates you? Do you know?

3. Do The Right Things
Oh, the huge debate on doing things right and doing the right things. Don’t get into such arguments. It’s useless. What’s useful though is being able to practice them and use them to your advantage. Do the right thing when the time calls for it. Be guided by your moral compass, if you feel your ethical standards are suspect, well, put them in check. The higher you climb the more these standards will be called into action.

4. Do Things Right
Each and every system is in place so that there is a smooth flow of work. It ensures productivity, it ensures efficiency. Do it right. It means look into the details that goes in and out of the system. Someone needs to attend to the details. Because details are tedious, lazy people forgo such tasks. If you want to stand out, start doing this.

5. Stay On Track
Stay focused on what you want out of your career and do it well today. What matters is today. Not yesterday, that’s gone and no one bothers. Not tomorrow, because that’s too far away. You will be judged for the work done today. Do well on what needs to be done today and tomorrow will sort itself out. Yesterday, that’s too late to fix. Stay on track.

6. Don’t Worry About 5 Years From Now
Does it mean you do not plan? No, it doesn’t mean that. Don’t let plans that are too far away bother you. Again, what matters is doing well what matters now. Don’t get too agitated with things that aren’t working too well and you have no control over. Go with the flow. In the grander scheme of things, it probably does not even matter five years from now.

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