Bring Your Watch, Tablet, and a Smile
An incredible image has been circulating on Facebook:
We all want to imagine, especially if we are not exactly where we want to be, that success takes an Ivy League education and a parent on the Board of Directors. However, more often it can be as simple as showing up, showing that you care, and pitching in.
- Being On Time
8am can seem so far away at 10pm, but once that alarm goes off for the third time and you hit the snooze again, the reality that you are going to be 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes late can be a real possibility. Being on time is not only an evil neccesity of being an adult, it is also a sign of respect for yourself, co-workers and employer. The ability to time manage is key if you want to advance in any company. Showing up on time is the first step to demonstrating you have that skill.
- Work Ethic
No matter what the task you’ve been asked to complete, care about what you are doing. Understand that every job, big or small, is necessary to advancing your organization. You will quickly earn the respect from those who have the ability to promote you.
Try. Even if you make a mistake, try again. Just don’t make the same mistake five times in a row.
- Body Language
Look like you care. Being mysterious is great at a bar, but in the office looking interested and engaged is much more valued.
Keep that energy drink within arm’s reach. Being awake is a key factor in doing a good job.
Office clown should not be the goal, but a positive attitude can be infectious. Many hiring decisions come down to, who do you want to spend 40 hours a week with.
If you don’t love what you do, find something you can be passionate about. No one wants to spend 40 hours a week “getting through”, and no one wants to promote someone who acts like every day is another year in prison.
- Being Coachable
Look for ways to improve and seek advice from those you respect. No one is perfect, identifying areas that may need improvement, and seeking guidance from senior co-workers, is a clear sign of your investment in your professional growth.
- Doing Extra
Look for opportunities to pitch in, especially if you are not completely satisfied in your current position. This can be an opportunity for networking, cross-training, and establishing yourself as an invaluable member of the team.
- Being Prepared
Everyone loves a Boy Scout! Do your best to model their moto “always be prepared”. There is confidence in knowing that you have all of the tools you need to complete any task that may come your way.
No matter the generation, Boomer or Millennial (but you know I’m looking at you Millennials), these are 10 perfect steps to being successful that do require “zero talent”. Though some may argue that being on time is more of a miracle then a talent.