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5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want To Get Ahead At Work

5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want To Get Ahead At Work

In every workplace you’ll notice some employees who feel stuck in their job and don’t know what their next move should be. Even if they love their job, they’ll most probably find themselves stuck in a rut at some point in their career. They become dissatisfied, don’t feel motivated, or aren’t getting the promotions and raise they feel they deserve. In reality, a recent report by Right Management suggests that more than 80 percent employees are dissatisfied with their jobs.

Whether you are expecting to get a promotion or thinking to get a new job, you are trying to get ahead. In order to understand what it takes to stand out and get ahead at work there are some strategies you can use to improve your career.

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1. Stop your brain’s overconfidence.

When confidence gives way to overconfidence, it converts from an asset to a liability. In the workplace, many people often display overconfidence in their judgments about the thing they think they know about the work or the businesses. When the overconfidence comes to the point where a worker thinks he can’t miss the mark under any circumstances, it turns out to be a problem. This problem doesn’t only affect the worker, but it can have a ripple effect that spreads through the entire workplace. In fact, by doing this we are simply digging the hole deeper by forcing other people to guess our relative perspective and priorities and to take action accordingly.

2. Stop waiting for a career miracle and create your own opportunities.

Opportunities are always available for those who recognize them and have the desire to pursue them. The people who feel stuck in their job are only concerned with their own work, and own projects; they do not understand the company vision and mission and strategy. They are stuck in a corner doing a small project that nobody cares, have a hard time in getting noticed, and getting ahead.

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You have to become a strategic thinker to get promoted and advance in your career. Think about your role at your company by looking at your overall contributions and then those take actions that matters most to your company.

3. Stop hiding and own your mistakes.

If you made a mistake (and you unavoidably will), admit your mistake and do what you can to rectify it. Don’t try to hide it or pass the blame to others. Everyone makes mistakes. Those people are considered as a winner who own up to those mistakes and then go the extra mile to fix the created problem.

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Don’t get defensive and react to constructive criticism; it’s a certain career advancement killer. Remember to separate yourself from your work and take criticism with gratitude and with curiosity. Never get defensive, get curious to learn.

4. Stop getting distracted at work.

All of us have trouble with distractions in the workplace to some degree. The key is to limit those distractions as much as possible because these distractions take up too much of our time and prevent us from getting our work done.

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If those interruptions in the office are not managed, they can seriously erode your ability to focus and may lead to factual mistakes and poor judgment; which can lead to poor performance.

5. Stop ignoring and build positive relationships with everyone in the workplace.

Your senior management team including your boss is your primary gatekeeper to you getting noticed and getting ahead. Start building a positive relationship with everyone in your workplace, from the highest level of management to the person who is doing least work in your team. Be friendly to everyone and find some common interests to interact. The more people you develop positive relationships with (both up and down), the better off you’ll be.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

I wrote a few articles about starting a business based on something you love doing and are passionate about. I received several responses from people saying they weren’t sure how to go about figuring out what they were most passionate about or how to find their true purpose. So I’m dedicating this article to these issues — how to find your entrepreneurial passion and purpose.

When I work with a new client, the first thing we talk about is lifestyle design. I ask each client, “What do you want your life to look like?” If you designed a business without answering this question, you could create a nice, profitable business that is completely incompatible with your goals in life. You’d be making money, but you’d probably be miserable.

When you’re looking for your life purpose, lifestyle design isn’t a crucial component. However, since we’re talking about entrepreneurial purpose, lifestyle design is indeed crucial to building a business that you’ll enjoy and truly be passionate about.

For example, say you want to spend more time at home with your family. Would you be happy with a business that kept you in an office or out of town much of the time? On the flip side, if you wanted to travel and see the world, how well could you accomplish that goal if your business required your presence, day in and day out, to survive? So start by getting some clarity on your personal goals and spend some time working on designing your life.

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At this point, you may need a little prodding, and you may want to hire a coach or mentor to work with you through this process. Many people are very used to the idea that there is a particular way a life “should” be. There are certain milestones most people tend to live by, and if you don’t meet those markers when or in the manner you’re “supposed” to meet them, that can cause some anxiety.

Here’s how to find your passion and purpose:

Give Yourself Permission to Dream a Little

Remember that this is your life and you can live it however you choose. Call it meditation or fantasy, but let your imagination run here. And answer this question:

“If you had no fears or financial limitations, what would your ideal life, one in which you could be totally content and happy, look like?”

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Once you’ve figured out your lifestyle design, it’s time to do a little more soul-searching to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. This is a time to really look within and look back.

Specifically, look back over your life history. When were you the happiest? What did you enjoy doing the most? Remember that what you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire job, but can actually be aspects of your past jobs or hobbies that you’ve really enjoyed.

Think About a Larger Life Purpose

Many successful entrepreneurs have earned their place in history by setting out to make a difference in the world. Is there a specific issue or cause that is important to you or that you’re particularly passionate about?

For some, this process of discovery may come easily. You may go through these questions and thought experiments and find the answers quickly. For others, it may be more difficult. In some cases, you may suffer from a generalized lack of passion and purpose in your life.

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Sometimes, this can come from having suppressed passion in your life for too long. Sometimes, it can come from eating poorly and lack of exercise. But occasionally, it may have something to do with your internal chemistry or programming. If the latter applies to you, it may be useful for you to seek help in the form of a coach, mentor, or counselor.

In other cases, not knowing your true purpose may be a matter of having not discovered it yet: you may not have found anything that makes your heart beat faster. If this is the case, now is the time to explore!

The Internet is a fantastic tool for learning and exploration. Search hobbies and careers and learn as much as you can about any topic that triggers your interest, then follow up at the library on the things that really intrigue you. Again, remember that this is your life and only you can give yourself permission to explore all that the world has available to you.

How Do You Know When You’ve Found Your True Entrepreneurial Purpose?

I can only tell you how I knew when I had discovered my own — it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. Rather, it settled over me, bringing a deep sense of peace and commitment. It felt like I had arrived home and knew exactly what to do and how to proceed.

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Everything flowed easily from that point forward. That’s not to say that I found success immediately after that moment. But rather, the path ahead of me was clear, so I knew what to do.

Decisions were easier and came faster to me. And success has come on MY terms, according to my own definitions of what success means to me in my own lifestyle design.

Dig deep, look within, and seek whatever help you need. Once you find that purpose and passion, your life — not just your entrepreneurial life, but your entire life — will never be the same.

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