We all want some level of success in our choice of career; even though our definition of success or being successful may differ we still have some level which may be termed as satisfactory once we have attained it. However, there are ground rules or rather basic principles that form the habits of successful people, especially as regards their career path.
While we’d be discussing what some of these habits are. We would be sure to mention the flip side of not forming these habits and how they would affect your career.
· Pick a Career that is Enjoyable and Other Benefits Will Follow
As cliché as this may seem, it is actually a foundation for succeeding in your choice of career. A lot of the times people make the mistake of picking a career path because of the monetary gain but on the long run get frustrated because it gets tiring and it is not exactly what they’re passionate about. So, one of the vital questions to ask yourself while choosing a career is “what will I enjoy doing even if I do not get paid?”. This allows you to be objective and not pick based on monetary value and offers you the chance to enjoy a happy career.
· Be a Fighter
Life they say throws anything at you, what you do at every fall determines to a very large extent who you would be. When life throws hurdles and circumstances hit you real bad you have to fight for the greater cause which would be succeeding at what you do. This is because no career is without its challenges and down times especially if you are an entrepreneur, you have got to be a fighter to see through the dark days and work at making things better. Never give up! Fight for your future!
· Be Willing to Learn
Admittance to ignorance is the beginning of wisdom. Learning never stops, there is no height of knowledge that can encompass the unknown. So continually learn from new sources as much as you can and expand your frontier of knowledge. Good luck comes when success meets hard work and preparation.
· Add Value to the Company
As an employee, employers would only appraise you positively or negatively based on how much value you add to the organization. Constantly be on the lookout for how to add value to your company in such a way that they can entrust the company to you because they know that it would not suffer. Treat your job as if you were the owner of the company.
· Be Solution Oriented
Every employer looks out for employees who are solution providers. Those who have the capacity for problem-solving and always figure a way out rather than nag about an existing problem. As an entrepreneur, you have to be solution oriented because your business would definitely be about solving a problem and meeting a need, so either as an entrepreneur or an employee you need to be solution oriented and always willing to figure things out.
· Have a Result Oriented Mindset
A person who is result oriented focuses on achieving the goal, he never jokes about getting the job done and does not give excuses. Employers do not pay for excuses, they pay for results: time and money are twins in the business world, thus, whatever resources are channelled towards a project should not be wasted but used productively.
· Networking and People Skills
To excel in your choice of career you must be able to connect and relate with people, this includes proper communication terms, gestures, carriage, etiquettes and many other social skills which would speak for you. It is simply the process of meeting new people in order to expand your network and influence.
Integrity is what speaks for you when you are not there. It is being able to hold oneself to constant moral and ethical standard such that your brand or name is synonymous to that trait and you are known for it. Employers want to employ people that they can trust with their company and not have to worry about whether things will go well or not. As an entrepreneur, you need integrity to excel.
No level of success is final. A popular quote says the largest room in the world is that for improvement. This tells us that there is always something that can be better about you, something that can be improved on or refined to make the services you offer more appreciated and remain relevant. Never stop growing yourself and getting better.
· Never Stop Dreaming
Dreaming is completely free of charge. There’s no reason why you should ever stop hoping to achieve greater things. People who excel in their careers take the ladder a notch higher after attaining the level they wished for. Success or failure is never final, it only ends the day you stop dreaming.