Most people need to begin a career at the bottom of the totem pole, then work their way over the years to a more prominent position in the company. After a short time, it becomes apparent to most of us that we are getting paid enough to stay where we are, but not really enough to suit our wishes.
Sometimes it is necessary to take classes in order to move up the ladder. It makes your resume more marketable and more appealing to those that are looking for an up and coming employee.
Although furthering your education is a good way to begin to get ahead, I am going to stress 3 points that are crucial in your ability to rise above the rest, or better yet, become a better you!
The following 3 lessons are not in any particular order but are observations of mine over the years:
- Enjoy what you do. Smile. Let your face show how much you love what you do. If you get up in the morning dreading the thought of going to work again, then you are not in the right place and likely not doing the right thing. You need to have a passion/love for what you do.
- Surround yourself with positive people and with those that are “above” you in the line of work that you are in. Some people call this, “Finding a mentor.” I merely call it, “Being interested in people that are like-minded.” It will amaze you that when you are around positive people, you too will begin to see the positive. In today’s market, just be positive about the fact that you have a job!
- Ask people questions. Be sure to let others know that you aren’t perfect, but you are willing to do whatever it takes to get better and do more! If you don’t know something, tell them that. Let them know you are looking forward to learning new things and are excited at the opportunity to grow in your position. This can give you the opportunity to lead!
Now, none of these things will promote you tomorrow, but all of these things will leave a lasting impression with those you work with. Remember, it takes a lifetime to build character, but only a moment to lose it. Also, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
A final thought, and maybe could be lesson #4 – Be genuine. People can see a phony from a mile away!
Kevin began teaching nearly 15 years ago and has recently worked his way into the role of principal at a school. He has explored many leadership styles and loves to teach others what he’s learned. Take a minute and visit his blog, Lessons of Leadership if you’re interested in learning more.