April 19, 2016

8 Career Lessons You Should Have Learned Already

Whether it comes from over confidence or a lucky streak of long term success, it’s easy to think you know everything about your career. But there are always career lessons that you can learn.

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The world of “work” is like a roller coaster. There are ups and downs and twists and turns. It’s your job to successfully navigate your career. No matter what happens hold your head high, learn from your mistakes, adapt to unexpected changes, and always smile. If you take this approach, you’re going to come out on top.

At some point everyone faces tough situations in their career. Don’t let these setbacks stop you. Instead learn from these career lessons and make yourself a better person and stronger professional.

Here are 8 career lessons you need to remember:

  1. Listen To The Wisdom Of Others – Listening is a valuable skill. Always listen and understand the wise words that others share with you. Their knowledge and advice comes from experience and it can help you overcome potential issues.
  2. Take Care Of Your Connections – Life is all about who you know. Go out and meet people. Stay in contact with the people you know. Always focus on growing your network of connections.
  3. You Have To Take Matters Into Your Own Hands – No one is going to do anything for you. You have to step up to the plate and do things for yourself. From the job search to asking for a promotion, your career is your responsibility.
  4. Your Reputation and Brand Will Take You Far – Build a powerful reputation and promote your personal brand. When people recognize that you do quality work and are talented in your niche, more opportunities will come your way.
  5. It’s Okay To Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone – If you never push your limits or try new things, you’ll never go anywhere. Step out of your comfort zone occasionally. Be prepared to fail. You’ll be amazed at what you will learn.
  6. Don’t Say Yes To The First Job You Are Offered – Even if you are desperate, don’t say yes to any opportunity. It’s okay to turn down a job offer. Always consider the entire picture – benefits, location, boss, pay, job description, office, culture, etc. Find the right job for you.
  7. If You Hate Your Job, Quit – This is one of the toughest lessons. Don’t get stuck in a situation that you despise. If you hate something make a change. Quit your job, move to a new location, find a different career. Do what makes you happy and work will never seem like work.
  8. Honesty Is The Best Policy – Never fudge the truth. Always be straightforward and honest. People will respect that.

Learn these lessons when you are young and you’ll go far in life. No matter how old you are when you read this post, you are never too old to make a change. We hope that you can read these career lessons that we’ve learned and apply them to your life. Maybe it will save you a headache or two.

Best of luck!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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