Ten tips to become a careerist

Careerists. Someone does not like them, respects them, envies them, and wants to become like that. For those who are not devoid of ambition and courage, we tell you how to succeed in building a brilliant career. But first, subscribe to our Telegram channel. We often publish such valuable articles!

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Who is a careerist

A careerist is usually called a person who, in addition to his work, also focuses on how to build his career (read 11 flexible skills that will advance your career). In my understanding, a careerist is someone who takes care of his career, like any other person who takes care of his health.

How to become a careerist? This question worries many people who are dissatisfied with their careers. Moreover, companies also love careerists, as they are the ones who move the business forward. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson — are all also careerists, as they are regularly concerned about moving forward.

1. Choose an inspiring goal

A careerist generally is not about a comfortable lifestyle and improving living conditions. A careerist will not dream of changing his Ford Focus for a Volkswagen Passat. The step is too small to create tension and energy of movement. A careerist dreams of a luxurious Porsche Cayenne. Choose an excellent car for yourself, post a photo on your Facebook and write “Goal #1”.

2. Get out of your comfort zone

Many successful people in their careers were thrown to the sidelines: they were fired from their jobs, abandoned by their husband or wife, lost their apartment due to a mortgage, and so on. They were once so thrown out of their comfort zone that, being there for a long time, they got used to not being afraid of difficulties and challenging fate. Start small and build up momentum. Give up today from sugar, coffee, and the elevator.

3. Read books about other careerists

They haven’t written a good book on building a successful career yet (I plan to fill this gap by the end of the year, for now, there is only training), so read books about self-made entrepreneurs (read A successful career is not for me). Almost 99% of their experience can be transferred to your career. Start with books that are very easy to read: Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Elon Musk.

4. Look for your talent

All careerists have one thing in common: they found their talent, and thanks to it, they achieved success. Jobs was a design freak; Gates was a calculating nerd. Branson was extravagant. Their businesses are the same. Talent cannot be copied. You can only find your unique one. But even this is not enough. You also need to learn how to apply it in a real job or career. The situation is further complicated because we cannot realize it.

Talent is the ability to do difficult or impossible work for others quickly. Mozart could write before a concert what others could not write for years. How to recognize your talent? To start, write down everything you are asked to do by friends, acquaintances, relatives, colleagues, and bosses. It is what works best.

5. Compete

You must always compete with those around you, especially your talents and interests. A careerist cannot lose to his colleagues. He just has to look for ways to get around them. No matter what you do, you must be better than people like you. Determine the primary measure of success in your profession, and compare your results with others. Constantly try to be the best.

6. Go in for sports

A successful person in his career would not go for sports (read How to choose a workout for your personality type). Sports trains give energy and improve appearance. Just playing sports alone can provide faster career growth and higher wages. With the rest of the tips, it’s complete synergy.

7. Every 6-12 months, ask for a promotion or pay raise

So that it would not be like in that joke:

One very religious person, for 20 years, every day prayed to the Lord to let him win the lottery. But his prayers were in vain. And then, one day, he raised his gray head to heaven and, with tears in his eyes, asked the Lord:

— Oh Lord, didn’t I pray to you, didn’t I serve you, didn’t I lead a righteous life, so why don’t you give me what I have been asking you for so long?

The heavens open, and the Lord says to him:

— Buy, in the end, at least one lottery ticket!

You can develop yourself and try for an infinitely long time. Still, if you simply don’t talk with your manager about your development or don’t look for another job, if all the company growth opportunities have been exhausted, your career will not go up. More than one Einstein burned out at work, where it was just necessary to shift papers from one pile to another. Remember: in the end, the employer should not be interested in your continuous development. Sometimes he just needs an average employee in his current position.

9. Prepare your family

You can prepare and tune yourself up endlessly, but what’s the point if one phrase from your close family member, “Don’t rock the boat,” can destroy your career? Work with the family, convince them of the need for their development, look for the common interests of family members with their own, persuade, sell, ask and beg. Only with the support of your family will you succeed.

10. Cut off your escape route

To succeed, you just need to leave yourself no choice. A mortgage, the birth of a child, or a signed letter of resignation are perfect incentives to go ahead without looking back. In this case, it is much better if everything happens according to plan and under your control than suddenly and at the most unfortunate moment.

If you keep doing the same thing tomorrow as you did today, guess what the result is? Our whole life is ten mistakes, of which one leads to the right decision. Here, as in startups: out of 10 launched, only one will be successful in any way. Take as many actions as possible so that 10% of successes are among the failures. Good luck!

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