Everyone wants to be successful—both at work, and in their everyday lives. For millennials, who don’t have a lot of experience to draw on yet, building a successful career can be a difficult thing to know how to do, much less achieve.
Fortunately, there are certain skills that anyone can learn and apply that will make success a reality, and this includes millennials. Do the five things that follow—consistently and with sincerity—and you, too, will find the success you seek.
1. Inspire others
As a millennial, it’s important that you’re always innovating whatever came before you—and doing it in the most inspirational way that you can. Motivating others without pushing them too far is a real skill, and one that the most successful millennials have mastered.
2. Be honest
The most successful people are honest and transparent with others, even in the face of difficult or challenging situations. Staying true to your original intent or belief is obviously easier said than done, but successful millennials make it a priority to do so, even when the going gets tough.
3. Find the real problem
Even though it can be easy to address a surface-level problem—and have it fixed quickly, right away—the real, underlying issues are the ones that need to be solved in order to have a positive and long-term effect on the company. The most successful people don’t settle for surface level; they delve deeper, figuring out what’s really wrong.
4. Build relationships
Relationship building is key to ensuring that the people around you feel that you’re approachable and trustworthy. Taking the time to interact with coworkers outside of the office or workplace is great for building relationships and showing others that you value their company and time—crucial steps to being a successful person.
5. Excel at something
One of the biggest mistakes many people make—millennials included—is not selling the fact that they’re truly skilled at something in particular. It might be putting together killer spreadsheets, or implementing a winning social media campaign, or organizing information in insightful new ways, or any number of other skills. Having one skill you’re great at—and making sure others are aware of it—builds your credibility in the eyes of others.