Except in rare
instances, achieving success is no accident. And hope, by
will not navigate you to your goal. Although
it’s true that luck often plays a role,
even a streak
of good fortune isn’t enough without planning and
The following checklist provides some
solid tips for building a successful career.
excellent work habits—for example, meet
deadlines and don’t procrastinate.
- Read extensively about your primary career
area. “Own” your profession by developing a
disciplined reading program, so you’ll be aware
of trends and developments.
- Practice team playing—learning from colleagues
and sharing your knowledge. Beware of hubris.
- Know both your job and your organization’s
expectations, and be sure they’re on the same
- Set goals, write them down and evaluate your
- Focus on understanding your clients/customers.
Come up with strategies that add value for them.
- Don’t dodge administrative tasks—it upsets
- Volunteer for outside activities: Accept
assignments to speak to outside groups, lead
professional panels and write articles for
- Build executive communication skills and
cultivate an executive persona by reading books
on the subject and attending seminars.
- Take risks with personal development,
acknowledging both strengths and weaknesses;
build on strengths and correct weaknesses.
- Seek out notables both inside and outside your
profession, and watch and learn from winners.
- Always seek opportunities. Success is not a
sweepstakes waiting for the knock at the door.
- If your employer does not emphasize learning
and achievement, move on.
- Think big—but always manage the details.
- Take manageable risks. Remember, without
occasional failures, success is unlikely.
|Source: Rowbotham &
Co., a worldwide network of accounting and
consulting firms. |