Every man wants to be successful in his career. Where most guys lose their way, is finding the actual path that will lead them to this goal. Think of your success as a trial and error process. Many of the routes you find yourself on (and perhaps the one you are one right now) will not be right, and it will be up to you to identify this, and take steps to find a new path. Here are three tips to help you move up in your career.
1. Know What You Want– You may think you know what you want in life, but most people don’t. Here is good test to find out if your goals are true to you. We all have an image of where we want to be in life, and it often sounds something like, I want to be wealthy, happy, and sexually fulfilled most every night. This may sound pretty good, but these are not goals that you can reach for. A true goal has to be something tangible. Something that you can work to achieve, and gauge your progress along the way. Here is an easy way to begin discovering what it is that you want. Think about something that makes you happy in life. Now think about what is behind that happiness (making someone else happy, discovering a new way of doing things, etc.). Once you know what makes you happy, you can create the kind of goals that can help you reach your full potential.
2. Listen for the Winds of Change– There is one golden rule for identifying when you are on the right path or stuck in a stagnant career. How much do you procrastinate in your current job? It used to be that people would say that procrastinators are just lazy. No, the truth is, procrastinating is a way of dealing with the things you don’t want to do, and if you find what it is you like (and are good at), suddenly the hard work that is necessary to become a success will become much easier and more fulfilling.
3. Don’t Be Too Hasty– That second tip can get you in trouble, if you forget that every man has to pay his dues before he can move on to something better in his career. The difference is, you should be able to recognize the difference between starting at the bottom with room to grow, and having nowhere else to go. In other words, does your current position have the potential to get you where you want to be (or at least closer to it)? It is common for a guy to think a position is beneath him, and to work less hard because of it. The fastest way out of a starting position is to take pride in your work, no matter how menial, and make the most of every opportunity to show your potential, so that you will be noticed, and earmarked for the fast track.