Why do some people make progress in their lives, businesses and chosen professions, while others just manage to get by?
In this post, we present you 12 key characteristics that people who advance rapidly in their live have.
The great thing is that you can successfully imitate learn these traits and your life will move forward very quickly.
careers have and Here are 14 traits of people who achieve great things by working strategically that can help catapult your career, too.
1. Clear Vision.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Successful people have a clear vision of what they want to do and don’t waver from it.
2. Strive for Excellence in Whatever you Do.
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” ~ Steve Martin
Those who rise rapidly up the ranks strive for excellence. They have a strong determination to succeed, constantly seek to improve themselves, and do outstanding work. They are so good that they just cant be ignored.
3. Believe in Yourself.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
People who get ahead in their careers express confidence in themselves and their work. They’re not arrogant or boastful (signs of low self-esteem). They’re simply certain of what they’re doing. When they don’t have the answers they openly admit it. They seek out the information they need and trust themselves to make good decisions.
4. Don’t Just Dream and Plan, Take Steps…Get Started.
“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” ~ Wolfgang von Goethe
To advance your career, be pro-active. Use your vision statement to generate goals for yourself, your department, and your company. Get specific about when, where, and how you’ll achieve them by breaking them down into sub-goals. Do the easiest one first to start gaining momentum.
5. Stay Focused.
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” ~ Jose N. Harris
In today’s world of information overload, we need to stay focused to succeed. Those who are promoted quickly keep their eye on the ball no matter what happens around them. When work gets chaotic, projects collapse, and funds run low, they actively search for pockets of time to accomplish their goals anyway. They are disciplined, do things step by step, and finish what they start.
6. Use Failure as Feedback
“Failure gives you a chance to refine your approach. You’re taking risks more and more intelligently.” ~ Pete Athans (climbed Mt. Everest 7 times)
The next time you fail, rather than getting upset and feeling like a victim, calmly ask yourself “What do I need to do differently next time to get the result I want?” View failure as an opportunity to grow, correct course , and move forward using the information you gleaned from objectively studying the situation.
7. Love Criticism
“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” ~ Persian proverb
Those who succeed quickly in their fields ask for feedback, learn from it, and use it to refine their approach.
If someone criticizes you in the workplace, take a deep breath and determine whether the naysayer has a point. Consider the source. If you trust the person and the feedback resonates, integrate it into the way you do things and do better next time.
8. Be Willing to Change with the Times
“The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.” ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science
The world is changing at a rapid pace. Those who move ahead promptly in their careers don’t hold tightly to the status quo.
To climb the ladder of success, make it a priority to keep up with what’s happening your area of expertise and related fields. Invite smart people out to lunch, take classes, and read. Update your skills to stay cutting-edge and constantly alter your goals to keep current.
9. Follow Your Passions
“If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” ~ Steve Jobs
If you’re in a job that doesn’t bring out the best in you, do something else. Find companies that align with your vision statement. Or if the entrepreneurial lifestyle appeals to you, ask yourself how you can you turn your passion into a business you love.
10. They Have A Good Sense of Timing
“You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.” ~ Yogi Berra
To move ahead at work, keep abreast of what’s happening in your workplace and the world at large. Watch for changing trends and get a sense for when the time is right to release a new product or seek a promotion.
11. Surround Yourself with Winners
“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” ~ Lee Iacocca
To succeed in your career, carefully choose who you spend time with. Success rubs off. So does failure. Don’t get sidetracked by people who aren’t on track. Surround yourself with positive successful people both inside and outside of work.
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” ~ Steve Jobs
When the path gets bumpy and you find yourself starting to give up, try a different method, route, or alternative to get what you want. Remember you always have options, and that you’re in good company if it’s taking longer than you thought to get where you want to go.
Thomas Edison was fired from several jobs but kept his true passion for inventing and eventually obtained 1,093 patents.
People who flourish in their careers keep the long game in mind.
Article Credit: Lifehack