Building The Foundations For Professional Success
Whether you want to do well in your job, climb the career ladder or run a successful business online, you need to lay the groundwork for your success by building solid foundations upon which you can build your dreams and ambitions, making them solid and paving the way for success.
Sounds good, but what exactly are these foundations?
A Good Education
If you want to get anywhere in life, you need to have a decent education. That doesn’t necessarily mean going to college or doing a Ph.D. – practical qualifications are just as important depending on what you want to do – but unless you are educated to a decent standard in your chosen field, you are going to find it difficult to compete.
A Good Credit Score
What has your credit score got to do with your professional success? Potentially quite a lot. You see, many employers in various sectors, including banking, and especially when they’re vetting candidates for corporate positions, will conduct credit checks which could leave you excluded if your history is bad.
Not only that but if you’re looking to build your own business, you may well need loans, company credit cards and various other lines of credit to get you off the ground. That is going to be much harder if you have a poor credit score. So, if that applies to you, find out how to fix your credit score and get to it. It really will pay off in the years to come.
Whether you want to get promoted within the next year, build an online business that’s bringing in thousands of dollars each month by 2020 or simply improve your productivity in your current role, you need to set goals. Why? Because they focus your mind and give you something to aim for; they keep you on track and ensure that you are always on the road to improvement.
Build a Professional Network
Whatever your professional goals might be, it will be a lot easier to achieve them if you are well-connected. That’s why, wherever you are now, whether that be college, in an office job or starting up your own business, you should take the time to connect with others in similar positions and those who have already made it in your chosen field. You never know when a friend or acquaintance might be able to help you, so speak to everyone, stay on good terms with most and never burn your bridges.
Work Out the Perfect Work-Life Balance
A great many people are under the assumption that, in order to achieve professional success, they must become workaholics; they must spend every working hour in the office, or on their computer working on their latest project, but that just is not the case.
You see, if you work too hard for too long, there is a very good chance that you will experience physical (back problems, eye strain, RSI) and mental health issues (stress, burnout), none of which will exactly help you to achieve great things! No, it’s important that you find a way to strike the right balance, for you, between hobbies, relationships, and work.
With these foundations firmly in place, achieving success, although it probably won’t be a walk in the park, will be quite a lot easier to do.
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