Updated: Dec 8, 2020
If you are like the majority of us, we spend most of our time in our careers. This may be our day-to-day jobs, the passion project that we would like to turn into a business, getting your degree to advance within your company, or all of the above.
Your career is the current priority of your life. And you'd like to keep it that way.
Here are some tips to help you stay the course and maximize your potential in your career.
Just because you are doing what you love doesn’t mean that you won’t burnout. In fact, it’s easier to push yourself to the limit when you are doing something you love. Make sure that you aren’t letting burnout sneak up on you by setting S.M.A.R.T. (Sustainable, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-boxed) goals. Listen to your body and take breaks when it feels like things are getting too much.
Lead, Don't Tell
Actions speak louder than words, especially as a leader. It is not enough for you to tell people what to do, you have to show them that it can be done and that you hold yourself to the same standards.
Great leaders do more than just dictate or delegate. They inspire others to become leaders in their own rights. They do this by first, not solving every problem for their team. Instead, they work with the individual or team to help them find the answer or solution to the problem.
Second, great leaders do not make themselves on the restrictions they put on their teams. If you as a leader leave early every Friday to attend your kid’s soccer game or go to the gym but do not make the same allowance for your team, no matter what you say to them, they will not look to you as a leader. You will simply remain a boss or a manager.
When it comes to leading a team, you have to treat them as individuals first and as a cohesive unit second. Get to know them as individuals, then you can build on that knowledge to create a team dynamic that is motivated and capitalizes on each other’s strengths.
Dealing with Failure
Dealing with failure is scary at first. The word itself sends shivers down most people’s spines.
Failure is nothing more than proof that you are trying new things. That you are innovating and pushing forward. And not all failures are equal. There are Big F failures and Little f failures.
Big Fs are the huge blunders that are hard to look at positively, such as your start-up going under or failing a class in school.
Little fs are your everyday, garden-variety failures. These are things such as burning the cookies you were baking or having a project proposal refused.
When you’re dealing with either Big Fs or Little fs, the important thing is that you get back up and continue on your path, growing from the lessons you learned.
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