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Habits For a Successful Career – Habit #4

Passion for Learning

Passion for Learning

 

Habits for a Successful Career

Habit #4 – Develop a Passion for Learning

After enduring four or more years of college, most people are ecstatic to get out in the ‘real world’ – and stop studying.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, you are in for a HUGE surprise.  A successful career requires people to recognize that learning is a journey, not a destination.  A passion for learning is a prerequisite for Habit #2 – Be Proactive and Adapt to Change and Habit #3 – Build Trust and Credibility.  Continue improving/mastering knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including:

 

  • Current Events
  • Technology
  • Selling and Negotiation
  • Business/Industry
  • Project Management
  • Management
  • Communication
  • Leadership

 

Update your goals annually with at least two areas for focused, continued learning and education.  In addition, teaching others is a part of the learning experience.

Current update for Habit #4:  Great article on “The Best Investment You Can Make” -

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130611141325-614018-what-s-the-best-investment-you-ve-ever-made

 

 



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Habits For a Successful Career – Part 3

Successful Career

Successful Career

                    Habits for a Successful Career-Part 3  

 

In Part 2 of Habits for a Successful Career discussed the Habit #1 for a Successful Career  – Define Success . . . . For YOU!

Defining YOUR success requires a vision and definition for Life and Career success values.  One without the other rarely works well, and Life Success Values is a prerequisite for sustained, Career Success.  Life Success Values are grouped in three categories: Healthy Self, Social Self, and Spiritual Self. We discussed how to identify your top 15-20 values across these three components, and prioritize the values.  The last  step was to score your success/fulfillment for each value.  Example Life Values/Scorecard can be found on Palomino’s web site at:   http://www.palominoconsultinggroup.com/Products.html.

To complete the Habit #1, we need: (1) finish  painting a vision and defining success for Career Success Values, (2) to build a map of 2 and 5 year goals aligned with the Life and Career Success Values, and (3) prioritize each goal.  These Career Success Values consistent of the several categories:

  • Achievement
  • Balance with Life Success Values
  • Work Environment and Culture
  • Advancement and Growth
  • Work Relationships
  • Compensation and Security

As with the Life Success Values, identify your top 15-20 career values across the above categories, and prioritize the values at the present time.  Last step is to score your success/fulfillment for each value.  An example Career Values and Scorecard can be found on Palomino’s web site at:   http://www.palominoconsultinggroup.com/Products.html.

That completes Defining Success for YOU.  In the pursuit of fulfilling, consecutive, progressive achievements,  a successful career, we need a map of prioritized goals of how to get there.  For example, if one of your important career values is rapid advancement, then a set of your high priority goals may include:

  1. Complete project management training in 12 months.
  2. Complete and achieve PMP certification 18 months.
  3. Network to get assigned to at least 3 achievable, visible projects and opportunities over 24 months.
  4. Build network of 12 top performing peers in 24 months.
  5. Build a network of 6 company leaders/mentors in 18 months.

It is important that your goals can stand up to the ‘SMART WIN’ test.  See if the above goals are:

  • S pecific
  • M easureable
  • A chievable
  • R ealistic
  • T imely
  • W ritten
  •  I mportant, Not Urgent
  • N ear Term

Next we will discuss Habit #2 – Be Proactive and Adapt to Change.

 



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Habits For a Successful Career-Part 2

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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:

1ca·reer

  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:   http://www.palominoconsultinggroup.com/Products.html

 

Part 3 will discuss the Career Values and Scoring.



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