People have been marketing the idea of the ‘secrets to be successful’ for quite some time. Usually selling books and seminars that contain the ‘catch-all’ secret that others don’t want you knowing. Between the multitude of self-help gurus really to dole out the knowledge for a small fee, the actual practical advice can sometimes feel few and far in between. This is where we come in. Now we know that this is by no means the definitive method of being successful, but with a few pointers, you’ll be on the right track to success!
Take the Initiative.
Pretty self-evident and probably the most common bit of advice you’re going to get from pretty much anywhere. Basically, don’t wait around to be told what to do (this goes double for interns), take up the initiative and ask around for what could be done. Even if it’s a minute task that can be done in 5 minutes, eventually your superiors will notice that you can handle yourself and assign you some bigger roles. Side note: If you can somehow fix an annoyance that has been troubling your co-workers and offer a better solution, you’ll essentially be branded a hero!
Be the co-worker of their dreams.
Everyone thinks they are, but few actually are. Be the co-worker you yourself would love to have! This means always being ready to tackle tasks head on and doing them in the most effective manner. This also means that you can kick back and have casual conversations about your off-time self. We don’t mean you have to heed the beck and call of everyone around you, but a little bit to make everyone else feel noticed goes a long way when it’s increment season.
Be on time plain and simple. Don’t be the infamous office latecomer because it can and will end up clapping you back in the future. This doesn’t mean you have to be the one who switches the lights on in the morning but getting to work 10 or 15 minutes before the start time will ensure that much of the workforce who walk into the office will see you first thing in the morning. Not only will this ensure that your presence is noticed by the whole office, but it may even help you out when you really need that day off!
Set Aside for a Rainy Day
While not directly impacting your day to day at the office, setting aside a small chunk of your salary into a savings account at the end of every month will more than likely come back as a life saver down the road. Firstly, in doing so, you become much more aware of your spending and saving habits, giving you a firmer grasp on your finances. And while not usually mentioned, having a hefty savings account will help you get by in between jobs when you’re lacking a steady income!
The road to success isn’t always a clear one, and no two person’s situations would be the same. Be mindful of your progress and give yourself a reality check every now and then to stay grounded with where you are and where you want to be. Now get out there and do your thing!
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