In our last blog post we listed a few handy ideas to help inspire you in your quest to advance your career. Here are a few more tips on developing a successful career this year. Remember, if you need help…contact us! We have FREE Career Planning Kits for people in Supervisory roles, Management, Civil Construction, Leadership and more. We’d love to share them with you.

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Tips for a successful career: 1

  1. Do things with colleagues you respect. They will be supportive of you and you will learn from interacting with them.
  2. Keep a daily journal, recording your thoughts, ideas, feelings and personal growth progress.
  3. Ask for and accept lateral moves in your organisation. In this way you will learn more about the entire operation.
  4. You can learn from everyone you meet – so be open to others and sincerely interested in them.
  5. Mentally rehearse any new skill, because your subconscious does not know the difference between actual practice and mental rehearsal.
  6. A great way to gain addition or seminar, report to your boss or colleagues in your organisation, outlining the most important things that you learned from the program.
  7. Never look back to the past-you only can control your actions in this instant, so what should you be doing right now?
  8. Read at least one chapter of a book a day.
  9. Read at least one book a month.
  10. Take time every day to do something for yourself.


Tips for a successful career: 2

  1. Develop yourself as a resource for others by networking. Find out who does what, when, and for whom. You may find excellent contacts for your future needs and for the needs of others you meet.
  2. Keep an “Idea File” – a ring binder or notebook in which you record all new ideas. At least once a week in a standing appointment with yourself, review your ideas.
  3. Get your life in balance in terms of life goals: professional, family, social, spiritual, recreational, financial,
  4. Keep your goals in mind as you start any new activity.
  5. Remain confident that you can achieve and learn from anything and everything you experience.
  6. Reward yourself with a treat when you have completed a learning objective.
  7. Write down any questions you want answered. Then, as the answers are revealed to you, jot them down next to the question.
  8. Seek new information on projects for which you have responsibility. Look for new “ah ha” ideas all the time.
  9. Reward yourself when you catch yourself working on the most important priorities.
  10. Find a nonjudgmental mentor who will help you by providing feedback, suggestions, challenges and support.
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Tips for a successful career: 3

  1. Analyse, in a non-judgmental way, any mistakes you make. The process will help you to prevent them from recurring in the future.
  2. Develop a “reference” group of four or five colleagues with whom you can openly discuss ideas in a nonjudgmental way.
  3. Listen to cassette tapes on personal and professional growth subjects.
  4. Always remember: the most difficult projects are opportunities for your biggest successes, just as the most difficult people could become your strongest allies.
  5. Ask yourself, “How can I manipulate my fate?”
  6. Challenge yourself to learn something new every day.
  7. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Learn from those people who get more done than you do. Perhaps you can find a way to improve what you are doing.
  8. Identify some “models” and observe their style and actions. Do not copy them but learn from their experiences.
  9. Put up pictures and reminders of your dreams and goals where you will see them often. They will help you to constantly focus on and visualise your goal.
  10. Eliminate from your life one time waster a week. Record those eliminated.


Tips for a successful career: 4

  1. Be hungry for what life has to offer and go for it.
  2. We all have to accept personal responsibility for our own growth; no one can do it for us. What will you be doing today to prepare yourself for tomorrow?
  3. It was that American homespun philosopher Will Rogers who said that ‘even if you are on the right track, if you just sit there you will get run over’. The world is changing rapidly and you must learn to manage change to avoid obsolescence. Take classes to stay current in your field of expertise.
  4. If you have the option of reading a book or listening to the cassette tape version, listen to the tape. It will usually be more to the point and it can be done while you are jogging/walking, driving, or getting other routine things done.
  5. Never say something can’t or won’t be done. Keep looking for ways to do it.
  6. Work on overcoming personal, nonproductive habits – such as overeating, smoking, gossiping
  7. Do not be afraid of failing at something. You can learn and change as a result of it.
  8. Ask questions, listen, then ask more questions. You will learn as well as help others learn.
  9. Keep a record of what you accomplished the previous day/week. If you did not accomplish as much as you wanted, it gives you extra incentive to do better in the next time period.

10. Learn from ‘other people’s experience’ rather then having to try everything for yourself. It shortens the time needed to learn. Learn from their errors as well as from their successes.

It takes years to become an overnight success.

Cream doesn’t rise to the top; it works its way up.

Harvey Mackay, Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, Currency, 1997.

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