Successful Career

Successful Career


                                           Habits for a Successful Career

In my last discussion, I touched on what determines a successful career . . . . Part 2 is a follow-up discussion on the 1st Habit for a Successful Career.  Let’s review.






The Seven Habits for a Successful Career include:

1)   Define Success . . . . Set Goals and Priorities

First and foremost define what success for YOU – life and career.  Too many people have their definition of success defined or overly influenced by family, friends, etc.  Second, layout a path to achieve your success by setting 2 and 5 year goals.  Last, prioritize these goals and events.  Repeat this exercise at least every 2 years or after a significant life event.

2)   Be Proactive and Adapt to Change

3)   Build Trust and Credibility

4)   Embrace a Passion for Learning

5)   Put Some Gratitude in Your Attitude

6)   Understand the ‘Business’

7)   Develop Your ‘People’ Skills’


As the old Lewis Carroll quote goes – “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”.  Or worse, get you lost?  The first, and most important, step in having a successful career is painting vision of and defining what Success  is è for YOU!   Most people, including early in my career, have not spent much time on this 1st Habit.  That means, by default, others are defining your success . . . or you are lost.  Think about it.

Painting this vision and defining success is not easy, and will change over time.  So we are all on the same page, let’s first define a Career . . . then Successful Career:


  1. A field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life works nicely.  Then, the definition of a successful career is:

1suc·cess·ful ca·reer

  1. A field for or pursuit of fulfilled, consecutive, progressive achievements especially in public, professional, or business life.

Defining YOUR success requires a vision and definition for Life and Career success values.  One without the other rarely works well, and Life success is a prerequisite for sustained, Career success.  Life success values are grouped in three categories:

  • Healthy self
  • Social self
  • Spiritual self

Identify your top 15-20 values across these three components.  Then prioritize the values at the present time.  Last step is to score your success/fulfillment for each value.  An example Life Values and Scorecard can be found on Palomino’s web site at:


Part 3 will discuss the Career Values and Scoring.