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5 Fast Ways to Make Yourself Better At Your Job

5 Fast Ways to Make Yourself Better At Your Job

You need to make yourself better at your job because of the following reasons:

  • to give you a higher chance of getting a salary raise, and maybe even a promotion;
  • to make you indispensable and therefore more valued;
  • to further your professional and personal growth as an individual.

Needless to say, all of us want to be better at our jobs, right? Most of us would want to contribute the the development of our companies, and some of us may even adapt these quick fixes to aid them in developing their online businesses. 

Whatever you objective may be, the fact that you want to make yourself better at your job is a great step. Embrace it–you’re trying to be a greater version of yourself! You’re trying to make the salary you receive worth it. How exactly can you start with this?

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1. Be adaptable to change.

Nothing is going to stay the same during the course of your work. With that said, there are always going to be change in your work environment. The way you work this year may not necessarily be the same with the way you work next year.

Action Plan: It’s important that you maintain the quality of your work (and even improve it!) so that your boss will pay more attention to you.

2. Build–and consistently sustain–your network.

Have you ever heard the saying that your income is the average income of the five people who you hang out the most? Make sure to connect, reach out and develop sustainable relationships with authorities in your field as you’re going to need them to help you work on your skills and knowledge.

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Action Plan: Go to networking events. Mention an authority figure on Twitter and connect with him by talking about common points of interest. Subsequently, ask them out for coffee.

3. Think differently.

Don’t be afraid to be a thought leader. Don’t just conform to the traditional way of thinking–it’s okay to challenge preconceived notions once in a while.

Action Plan: Go the extra mile and create productive things related to the industry of the company you’re in. Volunteer to contribute to your company blog, to speak at your company’s events and even to represent your company when you’re invited to be a part of a panel.

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4. Prioritize and get the most important things done.

You can easily be overwhelmed by your workload if you constantly face concerns and if you let these concerns easily pile up. For you to do the most important things, relate them to your job first.

Action Plan: Ask yourself: will doing this ultimately make yourself better at your job? Will this make a difference? If yes, then, go for it. If no, it’s better that you delegate it and let someone else deal with the not-so-important matters.

5. Always keep updated with the current events in your industry.

Innovation is one of the factors that can help your company (and therefore your position in your company) thrive in your industry. For you and your company to succeed, you need to have a significant competitive advantage that can help put your company at the top of the game.

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Action Plan: You don’t need to scan your local newspapers anymore as all the resources that you need are also available online. For a better understanding, you can even attend seminars and trade shows that can be valuable in shaping your skills and knowledge.

In the end, to make yourself better at your job, you shouldn’t just focus on delivering better reports or spending more time with your bosses.

Being better at your job is a matter of self development.

Aim personal development first.

I guarantee you that your professional development will come and follow.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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