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10 Ways to Supercharge your Career!

10 Ways to Supercharge your Career! January 28, 2015 by Mike Henshaw

We came across this article recently by Bruce Kasanoff, Forbes contributor, author, ghostwriter for entrepreneurs and motivational speaker.

It struck a perfect chord with our own objectives and ethics so, in the spirit of sharing, here are ten ways he suggests to supercharge your career.

Sound advice, we think.

Not every item on this list is easy to implement, but each is easier to live with than the frustration of watching your talents go underutilized:

1. Kindness first. The first thing you do, every day, should be to help a few other people. Do this without fail; put it on your calendar. Introduce others. Promote the best work of your colleagues and/or clients. Help those on the margins, not just the already rich and powerful.

This habit will not only make you feel better, but it also will shift the way that others perceive you.

2. Admit weakness. Hands down, the best thing a capable professional can do is to openly admit where they need help. Why? Because this gives your colleagues an opportunity to help you, which makes them feel more capable and appreciated.

3. Be both confident and competent. Confidence without competence makes you little more than an empty suit. Competence without confidence is a tragic waste of your gifts. To enjoy long-term success, work to balance these two essential elements. It’s not easy, but getting the balance right will make an enormous difference to your career.

4. Be superficial occasionally.  Much as we love the idea of living in a meritocracy, the truth is that we all make snap judgments based on appearances. Invest some time and money in looking your best.

5. Don’t wait for the title. If you want a promotion, act like you already have it. Do more than is expected of you, even if it means putting in some extra time.

6. Simplify your goals. Nine out of ten professionals can’t explain simply what they want next in their career. If you can’t understand what you want next, no one else can, either. Keep stripping away bits and pieces until you are able to explain what you want in cear and simple terms.

7. Be authentic. Don’t pretend to be someone else. Be 100% honest. Be 100% yourself. Most importantly, if you say you are going to do something, do it.

8. Connect proactively. The world never stops, and you can’t ever settle for the people you already know. Never stop reaching out to dynamic people with interests that could overlap with your own. Avoid getting stuck in a box; even if you are, say, 72, reach out proactively to 23-year-olds who have energy and ideas.

9. Change your own career. People always wait too long for external forces to change their status. You have the ability to change your fate, as long as you are willing to pay the price to get what you want.

10. Proof your own work. If you rely on others – colleaagues, assistants, etc. – to catch your errors, you will get soft and dependent. Personally make sure your work is perfect.

 

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