How do I take my own advice

Career ladder: 11 unusual pieces of advice

Advice has been with us all our lives. First from parents, then from friends and colleagues. It is well-intentioned adviceto help us make the right decisions. What should i study? What profession should I take? It is in the nature of man that he longs for orientation, for a point to which he can hold on and orient his life accordingly. This also applies to professional life. We give you eleven unusual ones advices

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The problem with good advice

Good advice is honest and often painful. It is not for nothing that it is said that “advice is also a blow”. This is true because they make a mistake clear, make you aware that you are on the wrong path or that you have got lost. Such insights attack self-confidence.

The problem with good advice is that you usually get it don't want to hear, because it is not uncommon for them to question their own actions. To take advice, it has to come from the right person and has to be asked for. Unwanted advice falls on deaf ears for most. For example, if a colleague looks over your shoulder at work and gives you advice on how to do better, most of them get angry. “This know-it-all!” - is then the first thought. You feel automatic attacked. On the other hand, it looks completely different when you turn to your colleague for help.

But good advice at the right time can be very valuable, whether at work or in private life. The question is whether you are ready to hear it.

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Good advice: are you ready?

How do you make a career? - Many employees ask themselves this question in the course of their working life. There is no general answer to this question. It depends on the personality of the employee, the company he works for and the industry in which he works. And yet we have advice that can make your way easier:

  1. Your work posture is just as important as your work

    Anyone who is also able to do small, annoying and boring tasks with enthusiasm demonstrates a positive work attitude. In this way you stand out from all the complainers who are too good to really tackle.

  2. Those who are very busy are not automatically high performers

    It is a mistake to believe that just because you come to the office first in the morning and last in the evening you are indispensable. With such a way of working, you drain yourself in the long run. Real top performers work productively. There is a marked difference between working effectively and being busy. Here it is important to make the best possible use of your working hours.

  3. Former colleagues are valuable contacts

    Contacts can open doors for you professionally. Anyone who can fall back on a professional network will find out more quickly about changes, new positions and trends. But this not only includes having contact with colleagues in your own company, but also beyond that. It is therefore advisable to keep in touch even after a colleague has left.

  4. It's not who you know, it's who you know

    Work actively on your reputation and on your own marketing. The best services fizzle out if nobody finds out about them. It won't do you any good if you know the decision-makers but are completely unknown to them.

  5. If you're not doing what you love, then you should keep looking

    Only those who are enthusiastic about what they do can achieve excellent performance. Remember that you spend eight to ten hours at work every day for decades. Do you really want to waste so much of your life doing something that you have to force yourself to do every day? You will only be satisfied in the long term if you believe in doing valuable work. The search for the right job is without question difficult and it is not uncommon for you to make the wrong decision the first time, you will realize this if you have the courage to keep looking.

  6. Perfectionists stand in their own way

    The requirement to deliver excellent results is crucial for success. However, you also need a feeling for when perfectionism is appropriate and helpful and when it turns a good result into a great one. Then attention to detail turns into selective perfectionism, which is beneficial to your work.

  7. Take on tasks that no one else wants to do

    If you want to stand out from the crowd, you will not be able to do this through the work that is expected of you. This requires special commitment. A good way to prove this is to take on unpleasant tasks. Not always, because you don't want to be a dork on duty either, but strategically. Then, if you do a good job, it will be remembered by your boss.

  8. Be proud of yourself, but also allow space for the pride of others

    To be successful, it is necessary to know the value of your work. If you do an excellent job, it is always a reason to be proud. But if you push yourself too much into the foreground and only talk about your own successes, you quickly come across as arrogant. Offer your colleagues a platform to report on your own successes.

  9. A no doesn't have to stay a no

    The first no doesn't have to be a final one. If you are particularly convinced of an idea and are passionate about it, you should let the rejection of your boss or colleagues dissuade you from your idea too quickly. Maybe they have to be convinced first. But be careful! There is a limit here that you shouldn't cross, because fighting for an idea is good, but overdoing it becomes a pain in the ass.

  10. Don't make yourself comfortable

    You have already had your first successes on the job and are satisfied with your current position. You have come a long way with this, but now the danger lurks that you will rest on your successes and stop developing yourself. But if you stop learning, you quickly fall behind and can no longer keep up with the others.

  11. Don't make detailed plans

    It's like John Lennon said "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making plans". On the one hand, you need a goal, a direction in which you want to go, but you also need spontaneity. Those who cling too much to their plans get blinkers and are devastated if something doesn't go according to plan. Sometimes it helps to just let things come to you.

The career ladder isn't just in the office

If you want to climb the career ladder, you naturally first think of hard work, which leads to a little more success in the workplace every day. Or, to put it another way: toil and excel at your job, because there you can prove to the boss that you can do more and that you belong in a higher position.

In part, that's true, of course, and your performance in the workplace plays a major role in being successful professionally and advancing in your career. But it still applies: The career ladder is not in the office - at least not only.

Often times it is also about what you are outside working hours do. Because this is exactly where you can really stand out from other colleagues and the competition in the world of work. Your free time is always for relaxation and it should stay that way, but you can do something part of the evenings or occasionally on the weekend to get a little further up the career ladder.

There are a few things that can have a positive impact on your development up the career ladder. We have gathered some suggestions and inspiration.

  • Read more

    Reading is very educational. It also promotes the exchange of signals between different brain regions. It also strengthens the ability to empathize with other roles and to stick with it. Vary here between novels and non-fiction books. Some bring pleasure and with the other you broaden your horizons of knowledge.

  • Try more

    Experiment with newly learned skills in your free time. For example, if you have received an introduction to various social media platforms such as Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr and Co. from your employer, practice using them at home. In this way, you can gain initial experience before using what you have learned in a professional context.

  • Expand your network

    Get to know new people, preferably from your industry. Use platforms such as Xing or LinkedIn, for example. Visit professional round tables in your area or possibly set one up yourself. It is important that you seek an exchange with others. In this way you can exchange experiences, find a point of contact for problems and present your work.

  • Look for role models

    It can be particularly helpful at the beginning of your career to give a face to your professional goals. This can be the long-time employee on your team, but also a successful personality like Steve Jobs. Study this person: How did he become what he is now? What can you learn from her and take with you for your own career? It works best when your role model is also your mentor and coaches you a little.

  • Learn a new language

    The world is growing together and many companies operate across borders. Good foreign language skills are an advantage. Not only English, but also Chinese or French are welcome. Multilingualism also has other advantages, as it improves memory performance. By learning a language, you also train your ability to quickly switch between two different tasks.

  • Follow trends

    Are you interested in what is happening out there in the world? What is moving people in your country right now? What motivates people in your industry? Follow new developments, the implementation of new ideas. Also, pay attention to what your competitors are working on. We implement these new projects.

  • Get to know your industry

    Share how your industry works: who are the key players? Whose opinion is important? What is currently being discussed?

  • Attend training courses

    Lectures, congresses, conferences or trade fairs offer a great opportunity for further training. There you can both make contacts and follow current developments. Events like this give you a first impression of where you can hook up later. You might hear about a new tool being developed or a new method at a conference. You can use this knowledge to dig deeper and ultimately become an expert.

  • Think outside the box

    This will prevent you from becoming a specialist idiot. Also, find out about industries with which you work closely. Knowing what the other is doing and how they work also promotes mutual understanding. It doesn't hurt to look at how the legal department works and what matters to them, even if you work in sales. It's about developing a basic understanding that will help you in your work.

  • Work on your weak points

    Accept criticism and work on your weaknesses. This is the most difficult form of personal development and the one that is the least fun. But it is also the most worthwhile. For example, if you have difficulties with commas or if you find it difficult to remember names, then take this weakness specifically and work on it. Repeat the rules of commas again or do some memory training. Let someone help you with your weaknesses easily.

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20th October 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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