Twelve Ideas For A Good Career
May 11, 2022
My elder son will soon be entering the workforce. As he starts over, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the lessons I have taken from my career. Hopefully, he will find them helpful as he navigates his own career.
Here are twelve ideas that I wanted to share for anyone starting out in their career.
- You will grow in your career only when you grow as a person. Invest in developing yourself continuously.
- You are paid to create value at work, not whine and complain. Don’t whine, and don’t be around whiners.
- Don’t fall into the trap of “I work so hard.” Effort is important, but the result is what counts.
- If you want to highlight a problem, make sure you have thought of a possible solution first.
- Please treat everyone with respect and dignity-whether it is the janitor or the managing director. Don’t patronize anyone.
- Be humble and curious always.
- Be a giver, not a taker. Putting it differently, contribute more than what you consume.
- Never ever say, “it’s not my job.” If there is a job to be done, do it.
- Spend more time and Effort honing your strengths than trying to improve on your weaknesses. The upside is substantially higher when you leverage your strengths.
- In a career, there will always be up times and low times. Up Times-Celebrate and take advantage. Low Times- Acknowledge and hold steady. The tide will always turn.
- Focus on being in the company of people smarter than you. You become smarter and better by association.
- Don’t try to over-engineer your career. Go with the flow and accumulate varied experiences. The most exciting career opportunities always tend to be unplanned.