Everyone likes to give career advice. Have you noticed how it’s those stuck and unhappy with their careers who most frequently give career advice?
Why would you take career advice from someone who hasn’t succeeded in his career? I wouldn’t.
You can scour the internet for career advice and you’ll hear a lot of the same tips. Find your passion. Work hard. Etc., etc., etc.
While all that is good, there is better, seldom heard advice. That’s what we’re going to discuss here. Here are five tips you won’t read or hear very often but will help you enjoy your job more while also climbing the corporate ladder.
1. You cannot work too hard; you can only work too much – Many so-called career advice experts will tell you not to work too hard. If you follow that career advice, you’ll be without a job soon enough.
What they really mean is to work as hard as you can but not as much as you can. There is definitely a limit to how much you can (and should) work and still be productive. There’s more to life than just working.
You are paid to put forth the maximum effort to accomplish your job responsibilities. Being as hard as possible is the only responsible way to work. You do, though, need to learn to stop working.
2. Use all your vacation – How often do you find yourself criticizing your executives because it seems they are always on vacation? It’s obvious they are not always on vacation. They just use the vacation they are given.
First, most executives receive more vacation days than lower level employees. It may not be fair, but who said life was fair?
Executives know that to be productive, they have to stay fresh. Taking time away from work is the best and easiest way to do that. Take this career advice and don’t feel guilty about taking vacation.
The company wouldn’t have vacation as a benefit if they didn’t expect you to use it. So use it!
3. Be your own CEO – No, this is not bad career advice. It’s the best career advice you can get. Take control of your job and be your own CEO.
Make decisions like you were the CEO. Evaluate all aspects of every decision. Take your feelings out of it. Act as if the profitability and sustainability of the company depend on your decision being the right decision.
CEOs are not always the most popular because they make tough decisions. I guarantee that no CEO makes a decision hoping it will cripple the organization. Do the same thing.
4. Be an entrepreneur – I always hear people saying how they want to work for themselves. Guess what. You do work for yourself. You choose each day what you want to do.
Be an entrepreneur in your current position within the company. Find new revenue streams. Brainstorm how to trim the budget. Influence others to be better. Those are all things great entrepreneurs do.
5. Say “No” to the Jones’ – You do not want to keep up with the Jones’. If you try, you’ll start complaining because you don’t make enough money to do what they do. You’ll find yourself in piles of debt.
You’ll spend time with people you don’t really enjoy being around. The Jones’ are not who you want in your sphere of influence. They will not help you succeed. They will only help you fail.
None of these pieces of career advice are new or earth-shattering. They are good solid pieces of career advice though. If you follow this career advice and keep a good attitude, you can learn to enjoy life, enjoy your job and climb that corporate ladder.
Besides the career advice provided here, please share one other piece of career advice you have found useful.