How to Be Wildly Successful at Work (for Real)
“Here are 10 ideas to help young adults be wildly successful in their workplace.
1.) Know and lead yourself first. Develop great habits and routines out of the gate. Make sure that you know yourself well through personality tests, reading and reflecting.
2.) Remember to smile, make eye contact, and speak with enthusiasm, regardless of the job. These three elements showcase tremendous self-confidence and set you apart from your peers.
3.) Get with the people you want to be like. There are always those in the workplace with bad attitudes — you need to run away from them. Since you become a lot like the five people you spend the most time with, find the ones who have a positive attitude and love what they do.
4.) Remember that your first job is not your final job. Ambition and a drive to succeed are wonderful, but they don’t guarantee you a promotion in your first six months. Know that it takes time to grow and learn in your role. There is no rush to do something different.
5.) Serve those around you. Be humble and genuinely care for those around you. This kind of emotional intelligence is vital to successful leadership. Every person has a story. You should take the time to learn them.
6.) Work really, really hard. Have grit and perseverance when the job seems challenging. You learn more through adversity than success.
7.) Request feedback! Ask your leaders how you can do better in your role. Don’t become defensive when you aren’t doing something quite right, or quite the way your managers expected. No one is perfect, and you can learn how to make yourself a more valuable member of the team.
8.) Take initiative. Do not sit on the sidelines and wait for someone to tell you to do something. It’s better to be the person on the team who tried and failed than the person who didn’t try anything at all.
9.) Ask your boss how you can help him or her specifically with their role. Your job is to help deflect stress away from your boss or supervisor as much as possible — not add to it. If you see a problem, solve it.
10.) Write handwritten notes. Everyone is bombarded by emails, texts and phone calls. Take a couple of minutes and send a short note of encouragement or appreciation to someone in your workplace.”