The 3 keys to career success

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The 3 keys to career success

Wouldn’t it be great to have a to-do list or a roadmap for success in your career?

While there is plenty of advice out there for how to succeed in your job or career, I have found that all this advice can be boiled down into just a few principles.

And if you set aside some time to do these three things regularly, you will be well on the way to all the success in your career that you might ever want and desire.

  1. Create a strong personal brand

Personal branding isn’t just about plastering your presence on as many social media platforms as possible.

More important than that, creating a strong personal brand is about your core values and the kind of person you are in the workplace and beyond. It’s about becoming the kind of person you would want to work with or follow on the job.

Integrity and authenticity are key ingredients for building a strong personal brand that can enhance your career success. Those with a strong personal brand typically have high emotional intelligence—they are grateful for what they have, they are generous with sincere praise, and are able to read and respond well to the emotions of others.

Those with a strong personal brand do not gossip or tear down others—instead, they build them up.

  1. Learn something new every day

Never stop learning. With technology advancing at lightning speeds, and new systems being developed daily, learning these new innovative ways of working and surviving in the workplace will guarantee long-term success in your career.

Attend seminars in your field, read industry news sites, and stay up to date on the latest technology and approaches to doing your job so that your skills don’t one day become obsolete.

  1. Network, network, network

I can’t count the number of times I have made an important business connection through one of my clients, another business colleague, or a friend or relative.

Business is all about relationships, which means that networking with others is an important key to your career success. Too many people, however, ignore building and maintaining a network of contacts until they urgently need it—when they’re looking for a new job, for example, or when they’re trying to expand their sales efforts.

Ignoring the networking process until then makes you look extremely unauthentic and even desperate. Being an active networker is like setting aside a little money every paycheck for a rainy day—you never know when you’ll need it.

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