7 Truths of Career Success

Everyone might want career success, but it's an elusive goal to be reached in many cases. This is because not only does the definition of "career success" differ from person to person, but not every approach works for everyone. Nonetheless, there are quite a few truths that are universally accepted regarding obtaining career success, and this guide will go over seven of them.

1. You Have To Fake It Till You Make It

The fact of the matter is, no one really knows what they're doing until they've had some practice and experience with it. Even if you have spent years in a similar role at another company, it's still going to take time to get used to your new role because there will be different people to work with and things will be done differently. Realize that practice, patience and putting on a confident front are simply necessary to become good at what you do and get ahead in today's business world. On the other hand, it's also important to ask for help when you need it and not take on roles or assignments that you are too unprepared for.

2. You Have To Manage Your Career

No one else is going to be looking out for your career but you. You have to take charge and guide your career where you want it to go. This includes having a multi-year plan and end goals but also the flexibility to alter them if needed. Reevaluate your plans and the path your career is taking on a regular basis to see how things are proceeding and determine whether you want to make any changes. Take advantage of any opportunity that could help you chart your course, whether that means seeing a career counselor or working with a boss that is invested in your career growth.

3. You Have To Have Passion For Your Work

Even if you don't love your job, you have to take pride in your work and have some passion for what you do. If you don't, you're likely on the wrong track and aren't going to get ahead. If a string of jobs has not satisfied you, then it's likely the problem is with you and you need to take the steps to address and fix whatever the issue is, whether that means accepting more realistic expectations or pursuing a different line of work.

4. It's Never About You

No matter how talented you might be, it's never all about you. It's about other people - your clients, your employees, your coworkers, and your managers. Only when you recognize that by helping others succeed, you succeed, will you get ahead.

5. You Have To Build Genuine Relationships

Everyone says networking is important, but it's even more important than you probably think. The professional relationships you form can't be superficial either - you have to make genuine connections with both other professionals and clients. For example, you can want to sell a client your services while primarily really wanting to help them solve a problem that they've been having. Those are the relationships that are going to advance your career and make you a respected professional.

6. Focusing On Your Positives Rather Than On Improving Your Negatives Will Yield Better Results

The fact of the matter is, there are some things you're never going to be good at, and focusing too much on trying to improve in those areas is going to leave you frustrated and on the wrong track. Of course, every job, even one you love, is going to have elements that you don't like, but you really want to be playing to your strengths in your professional career rather than trying to get rid of your weaknesses. You'll be happier and more successful overall.

7. Your Education Doesn't End When You Finish School

The most successful professionals are the ones who recognize the value of continued education and make an effort to seek it out. The idiom "you never stop learning" is incredibly relevant here, as in order to grow as a professional and continue to do your job well, you will have to stay informed of any new knowledge, procedures, and methods that could be transforming your industry.
 With these truths in mind, you're going to be much more likely to achieve the kind of career success you dream about.